The sixth-ranked Stephenville Honeybees earned second place Saturday in the Great East Texas Shootout in Brownsboro, winning three games in the three-day girls basketball tournament before falling to unbeaten Martin’s Mill in the championship.
Coach Alan Thorpe’s Honeybees, who are the No. 6 team in this week’s Texas Girls Coaches Association state rankings, are now 12-3 on the season.
Martin’s Mill, which is 17-0 and holds the No. 1 TGCA ranking in Class 2A, won the Brownsboro title with a 61-22 victory over the Honeybees.
Last season, the Lady Mustangs from Martin’s Mill won the fifth state championship in school history with a 58-51 win over LaPoynor, closing the season with a 40-1 record. Their 17 victories so far this season means that the Lady Mustangs have an ongoing 56-game win streak.
SHS head coach Alan Thorpe noted that Martin’s Mill had been rated as the No. 19 team in the nation by MaxPreps online.
“We got rattled early. They came out hot,” Thorpe said. “It was four teams we’ve never played before, so that was good for us. We played against a lot of speed, a lot of height, good shooters, so it was really a good tournament for us.
“Hallsville started three six-footers, but we played well against them. Chapel Hill was very fast.”
The Honeybees reached the final with a 55-49 victory over Sunnyvale in the semifinals Saturday morning. Alee McClendon paced the Honeybees in scoring with a dozen points, while Mikayla Diaz and Hannah Bernays added 11 points each.
On Friday, SHS was a 43-32 winner over Chapel Hill. McClendon was the top scorer for SHS, with 12 points. Bernays contributed nine points.
The Honeybees opened the tournament on Thursday with a 56-26 win over Hallsville. Madison Gilder led the Honeybees in scoring in that contest with 19. Bernays and McClendon each added 14 points in the winning effort.
The Honeybees play Tuesday (Dec. 11) at home against Venus in a non-district contest (varsity at 6 p.m.). This Friday, the Honeybees will play at Midlothian Heritage (varsity scheduled for 5:45 p.m.).