The Class 4A Stephenville Honeybees may not be ranked — yet, anyway — but they pulled off wins this week over Class 6A Keller Fossil Ridge plus two Class 5A schools, Aledo and Burleson Centennial.
The Honeybees improved to 8-1 on the young season with their latest conquest, a 42-37 win over Burleson Centennial in the second round of the Granbury Van Griffith Kia Classic Thursday afternoon.
Earlier in the day, the Bees opened the three-day tournament with a 54-42 triumph over Class 6A Fossil Ridge.
In their game played at Aledo on Tuesday, the Bees were 35-32 winners.
The Honeybees, led by their first-year head coach Jason Hodges, were scheduled to play in the semifinals of that tournament at 11:30 a.m. Friday against Bridgeport, which defeated Brock Thursday.
The tournament is scheduled to conclude Saturday, with the championship match in the varsity division set for 3 p.m. in the James Wann Gymnasium at Granbury High School.
In the Centennial game, the Bees had an 11-6 scoring edge in the second quarter, then held off a challenge late in the game.
SHS got 11 points from Mikayla Diaz, eight from Alee McClendon, seven from Landri Withers, six from Kassidy Nowak and Jettie Funderburgh and four from Jaylee Matthews.
In downing Fossil Ridge, the Bees outscored the Lady Panthers 13-8 in the third quarter and 19-9 in the fourth.
McClendon and Diaz each scored 13 points and Nowak added 10. Also, Matthews scored eight, Withers had four and Zoe Birdwell, Bella Diaz and Funderburgh scored two each.
SHS built a lead over Aledo with its defense, outscoring the Lady Bearcats 11-4 in the second quarter and 8-4 in the third. Aledo made a run when it outscored the Bees 13-7 in the fourth quarter but fell short.
Matthews led SHS in scoring in that game with 13 points, followed by McClendon with 10, Diaz with eight and Withers with four.
The next varsity game for the SHS girls is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at home against Gatesville on Teacher Appreciation Night.