Stephenville (16-4) closed out play in the Meredith Hatch Memorial Mansfield Invitational on a positive note Tuesday night, relying on its defense to knock off Har-Ber High School 45-39.

The Honeybees salvaged a 2-2 tournament mark with the win against Har-Ber, which is located in Springdale, Ark..

“We played really good in spurts,” Stephenville head coach Alan Thorpe said. “But overall I thought we were a little deflated after we lost our first game (against Cibolo Steele) because this is a great tournament and we wanted to win it so bad.”

Thorpe was impressed with his team’s defensive work against Har-Ber, which started three six-footers and a 5-9 guard who is a Division I prospect.

“When we followed our game plan we stopped their post play and when we didn’t they scored,” he said. “Fortunately we did what were supposed to more than we didn’t.”

Thorpe cited the defensive work against Har-Ber’s standout guard - the Bees held her to seven points, five of which came in the fourth quarter - as one of the keys to the game.

Mara Christian led Stephenville in scoring for the first time this season with 16 points, followed by Brianna Bledsoe with 10. Bledsoe has scored in double figures in all 20 contests.

Completing the score card for the Bees were Alex Huckabee (8), Kelsey Evans (6), Kensie Colegrove (3), Gaby Lazarine (2) and Hillary Laursen (1).

Stephenville returns home and resumes District 8-4A play Saturday when the Bees host Legacy at 1:30 p.m. at Gandy Gym. SHS is currently tied with Mansfield Timberview atop the league standings with a 2-0 mark.

The girls contest Saturday is the first of a double-header. The Yellow Jackets battle Legacy at