The Stephenville Yellow Jackets kept their playoff hopes alive Friday, pounding the Alvarado Indians, 64-38.
The Yellow Jackets held a narrow four-point lead after the first quarter, but broke the game open in the second by doubling the Indians, 22-11, to take a 36-21 lead at the half.
Cody Davis led Stephenville with 14 points. Trey Taylor had 12 and Nick Young had nine, including a pair of 3-pointers in the pivotal second quarter.
The game went back and forth early, with the two teams trading baskets and turnovers. A Taylor layup gave Stephenville a 6-4 lead, but the Indians tied it with a score inside.
The next trip down the floor, Taylor hit Jared Mills for an open jumper, and Alvarado quickly tied the game again. Jace Mills fed Davis for a layup to make it 10-8, but a pair of Indian free throws deadlocked the game once more.
Tom Ed Ramsay and Kolten Parker ended the quarter with layups to put the Yellow Jackets ahead, 14-10.
Josh Millet opened the second quarter with a steal he returned for a layup. Alvarado hit a 3-pointer and a short jumper to cut the deficit to one, but Young hit a 3-pointer off a pass from Jared Mills to make it 19-15.
The teams traded baskets, then Parker hit Young for a second 3-pointer, which made it 24-17 with a little over three minutes to go in the half.
Scoring slowed significantly during the third quarter, with Stephenville retaining a 44-27 edge going into the game’s final frame. They then cruised to an easy victory.
The junior varsity lost to Alvarado, 59-45. High scorers were Garrett Autry with 13 points and Victor Martinez with 10. The freshman team won their third straight district game, 54-39. Trey Brown led the team with 11 points, followed by Dalton Griffin with nine.