The Stephenville Honeybees came out firing on all cylinders and didn’t let up against the Everman Lady Bulldogs Friday, rolling to an emphatic 72-44 victory.
“We just came out fired up and more motivated than we’d been in a long time,” head coach Ron Berry said.
The win moves the Honeybees into a three-way tie for second place in District 8-4A, alongside Joshua and Cleburne. Crowley is in first place at 7-2, and lost to Aledo Friday.
“(Crowley losing) gives us a chance to win the district,” Berry said, adding that he felt Friday’s win would put the Honeybees on a roll.
He said his players “felt like it was probably the best team effort we’ve had” in a while. Four Honeybees reached double figures in scoring, and the game was never in doubt after the first quarter — in which the Honeybees doubled Everman’s output, 18-9.
Berry said Everman’s coach told him the Honeybees appeared a “lot more spirited” in the rematch, an assessment Berry agreed with.
In each of the next two quarters, Stephenville was just one point away from doubling their opponent. They held a commanding 37-19 lead at the half.
Stephenville shot the ball well, particularly from the perimeter. The Honeybees hit nine of 13 three-pointers, and also out-rebounded the Lady Bulldogs, 25-22. They struggled with Everman’s physical style of play on the road last night, but had no such trouble in the rematch.
Trisha Tuck led the Honeybees with 15 points, including four three-pointers. The freshman tandem of Bethanie Young and Kelsey Evans added 12 points apiece, and Holly Feist had 10 points.
Feist led the Honeybees with six rebounds. Young and Lindsay Bloemhof each had five boards. Bloemhof also had two blocks, and has provided Stephenville with an imposing presence in the post on defense.
Kelsie Roberson added a team-high four assists.
The offensive onslaught was a far cry from the team’s previous performance, a disappointing loss at Crowley in which the team managed just two points in the fourth quarter.
Berry said the team “tried something different” in Friday’s game, by scripting their substitutions through the third quarter. The move “took the pressure off” starters and reserves alike, Berry said, and put the emphasis on the team.
“Everybody contributed,” Berry said.
As the team tries to solidify its shot at a postseason berth — and make a run at another district title — Berry said no one game will make or break his team’s effort. Rather, “all of (the remaining games) are that way.”
On Tuesday the Honeybees head to Aledo to face the Ladycats, who cruised past Crowley 56-40 Friday.
“You have to score a lot of points to beat (Aledo),” Berry said, noting the high-scoring trio of Hannah Christian, Leslie Harris and Taylor Hays. The Honeybees did just that in their previous meeting, winning 73-64. The victory was Berry’s 600th.