The sixth-ranked Stephenville Honeybees easily met the challenge presented by another Class 4A state-ranked girls basketball team Friday night on the road, posting a 45-33 victory over Midlothian Heritage.

Heritage is the No. 19 team in this week’s Texas Girls Coaches Association poll, and the loss to the Honeybees was only their fourth in 19 outings this season.

Coach Alan Thorpe’s Honeybees maintained their No. 6 spot in the TGCA poll as they improved to 14-3 on the season.

Thorpe said his squad “played a solid game against a very good team,” and that he was “very proud of our kids.”

Hannah Bernays led SHS in scoring with 13 points, while teammate Alee McClendon contributed 10.

Stephenville picked up the win despite the fact that starter Jayci Morton did not play. She is still recovering from a strained knee and has missed several recent games.

The Honeybees stuffed the Lady Jaguars with their defense in the opening quarter, taking a 14-2 lead. Both teams scored 11 points in the second quarter, making it a 25-13 SHS lead at intermission.

Heritage made up some ground in the third quarter with a 12-8 scoring edge to pull within eight points (33-25).

But the Honeybees pulled away in the fourth quarter, outscoring Heritage 13-8.

The Honeybees were scheduled to play at home Tuesday (Dec. 18) against Abilene Wylie (6 p.m.), their final outing before the Christmas break.

They are set to play in the What-A-Burger Tournament in Fort Worth, Dec. 27-29.

That will be their final tuneup for District 7-4A competition, which will start Friday, Jan. 4, at home against Mineral Wells.