Stephenville (2-1) used a 15-0 first-quarter run to leave new high school Burleson Centennial in its rearview mirror Tuesday night, coasting to a 76-44 victory at Gandy Gym.

Cody Stevens led the way with his first 20-point night of the season, while Brian Picha got off to a fast start with nine in the first quarter and finished with 15. Arbnor Kelmendi and Miles Holstein were also in double figures with 12 and 11, respectively.

“In the first game (a loss to Azle last week) the kids were nervous and we were playing against a good team that got on us and kind of rattled us,” Stephenville head coach Mike Dacus said. “We really made vast improvement against (White Settlement) Brewer (Monday) when we were able to come through with some free throws late. There’s no substitute for winning, and I think that gave us the confidence to play well (Tuesday).”

The Jackets extended their 14-point lead after one to 20 when it was 40-20 at halftime. It was 67-30 by the end of the third quarter.

Rounding out the scorecard for Stephenville was Juder Stidham with nine points and Stetson Sullivan and Ben Copeland with three each.

The Jackets are off for Thanksgiving and return to action next Tuesday against Abilene Wylie before beginning tournament play in Joshua.

Stephenville 43, Brewer 41

Miles Holstein hit a pair of free throws in the closing seconds and Stephenville edged host White Settlement Brewer 43-41 for its first win Monday night.

The Yellow Jackets led much of the way, but Brewer came back and earned as much as a four-point lead in the second half and the Jackets had to fight back down the stretch.

Holstein’s game-winning charity shots put him in double figures with 10 for the night, while Cody Stevens paced the Jackets with 17.

Stetson Sullivan added nine for Stephenville, Juder Stidham had four, Brian Picha netted two and Arbnor Kelmendi chipped in with one.