A few harmless hiccups in non-district play is preferred over experiencing painful heartburn once matchups really count.
That was part of head coach Shay Douglas’s thought process after Stephenville High School’s Honeybees won their first 13 games this season, and then lost two of their last three against other ranked teams.
On Friday in Gandy Gym, the state-ranked Honeybees swept to a 25-20, 25-22, 25-21 victory over Midlothian Heritage. They traveled to take on Hereford for a Saturday afternoon mid-way meeting at Vernon High School, but the Bees suffered a 25-9, 25-14, 25-19 loss to the Lady Whitefaces. The first loss of the season came earlier last week to Bushland -- the top-ranked Class 3A team in the state.
Douglas said that the mistakes made were all fixable as the team looks forward to the rest of the non-district slate, and the district opener Sept. 22 at Gatesville.
"I’d rather have those hiccups now than later," Douglas said of the loss to Hereford, which was ranked 15th in the state in last week’s TGCA poll. "I told them to learn from that, and not make the same mistakes."
Douglas said that team has "a lot of perfectionists, which is good," but also said they need to avoid letting it affect them "on the next ball."
The coach added, "When we’re in the system, our offense is lights out. We still have some growing pains in passing, but that’s OK. We will work on this."
The Honeybees, who were ranked No. 5 in the state in Class 4A by the Texas Girls Coaches Association’s top 15 poll, moved to 14-2 on the season.
They were scheduled to play at home against Lake Belton Tuesday night (Sept. 8) in Gandy Gym. They will also be playing at home Friday, Sept. 11, taking on Clyde.
Individual statistical leaders from the Heritage and Hereford matches were not available.
This week’s TGCA state rankings were not available as of press time.