The Stephenville High School boys basketball team rallied from a 10-point deficit to send Tuesday night's District 7-4A contest against Brownwood into overtime before the Lions edged out the Yellow Jackets for a 73-69 triumph in Gandy Gym.
With his team-leading 21-point scoring performance, SHS senior Skylar Stilwell surpassed the 1,500-point plateau for his three-year varsity career.
Also for SHS, Grayson Traweek added 16 points, while Kendal Storrs had seven and Trace Morrison added six.
The Yellow Jackets' next game will be Tuesday, at home against Mineral Wells as district play continues. That will be the school's annual Coaches for the Cure game, benefitting SHS freshman Cayden Inman, who has autism and is suffering from seizures. The varsity girls game is set for 6 p.m., against Mineral Wells, followed by the boys game. The money from game ticket sales that night, as well as T-shirt sales and a silent auction (baked goods) and other donations will benefit Cayden and his family.
The Yellow Jackets (16-9 overall, 1-1 in district), had opened district play on Jan. 17 with a win at Godley.
SHS took a 22-15 lead over the Lions by the end of the first quarter. Brownwood (20-5, 1-0) closed to within 33-30 by halftime, but then enjoyed a 14-7 scoring edge in the third to go up 47-37 over the Jackets.
The Jackets turned the tables with a 23-13 advantage in the fourth quarter to force the overtime.
Skylar Stilwell made a 2-point bucket, then buried a 3-pointer as SHS held a 67-63 edge with 2:16 left in OT. After Kendal Storrs hit a field goal to give the Jackets a 69-68 lead with 1:05 remaining, the Lions then notched four unanswered points at the free throw line the rest of the way.
“I was proud of the way they played. They played hard,” head coach Bill Brooks said of his Yellow Jackets. “They put themselves in a position to win the game, but they couldn't pull it out.”
Brooks noted that the Lions are the district's defending champions.
“They're the favorite because they won last year and all their best players are back,” Brooks said. “They are a very good team and they competed well.”