The Stephenville Yellow Jackets had a slow offensive start they couldn’t quite recover from in a 47-40 loss to Glen Rose in the District 7-4A boys basketball finale Tuesday night in Gandy Gym.
The Tigers secured the second-place playoff seeding, while the Yellow Jackets had to settle for third. Brownwood (8-0, 27-5) won the district for a second year in a row. Godley (3-5) made the playoffs as the No. 4 seed. Mineral Wells finished last, at 0-8.
Coach Bill Brooks’ Yellow Jackets (4-4, 18-13 overall), will play the District 8-4A runner-up, eighth-ranked Argyle (5-2, 27-4), in their bi-district playoff contest. That game is set for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at Burleson High School. Tickets will be $5 for adults and $3 for students.
The 8-4A alignment features three of the top 10 Class 4A boys teams in the state according to the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches poll, with Decatur No. 7, Argyle 8th and Krum 10th. Those three teams, plus fourth-place Bridgeport 2-6, 20-12) all have won at least 20 games.
Tuesday’s game against Glen Rose was Senior Sight for six Yellow Jackets who played their final home game — Kendal Storrs, Will Boyd, Jamee Nelson, Skylar Stilwell, Calvin Darby and Sean Gooding.
Traweek was the top scorer Tuesday with 16 points. Stilwell recorded 10 points, and a team-high 11 rebounds and four steals. Storrs added five points, Gooding scored four, Kyle Styron and Kelvin Ong had two each, and Darby scored one.
The Jackets were held to four points in the first quarter, and trailed 20-14 at intermission. The Tigers had a 12-11 scoring edge in the third quarter, and both teams scored 15 in the final period.
“We dug ourselves into a hole in the first quarter. We gave ourselves a chance to win, but we couldn’t hit our shots when it mattered,” Brooks said.
Glen Rose took a 36-35 lead with just under four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. The Tigers led by six points twice and even held an eight-point lead once in the final minute of the game before securing the seven-point win.