ALEDO - The Stephenville Honeybees took sole possession of second place in District 8-4A after knocking off the Aledo Ladycats, 59-48.
“We’re on a roll,” head coach Ron Berry said. “Our kids are going to peak at the right time.”
Since the team began scripting their substitutions versus Everman last week, “our kids are just exploding,” Berry said. “It’s been a real good turnaround for us.”
The move has also brought other players into the offense. While Trisha Tuck led the Honeybees with 20 points, she was joined in double figures by Kelsie Roberson (18) and Bethanie Young (13).
“We went from being a two-man team to being a 10-man team,” Berry said.
Young led the team with nine rebounds, and Lindsay Bloemhof and Holly Feist had three blocks apiece. The Honeybees’ rotating defense was effective against the Ladycats, limiting the district’s leading scorer, Hannah Christian, to 12 points.
The game got off to a slow start offensively. Kelsie Roberson opened scoring for the Honeybees, scoring off a feed from Holly Feist two minutes into the game.
Aledo scored two baskets, but Roberson scored on a tough drive to the basket and completed the three-point play, giving Stephenville a 5-4 lead halfway through the first quarter.
Taylor Hays hit a 3-pointer and Chelsea Smith had an easy layup to put the Ladycats up 9-5, but Trisha Tuck hit a jumper from the free throw line before the quarter’s end to bring the Honeybees within two, 9-7.
Roberson’s hot start continued in the second, as she hit a 3-pointer early on to give the Honeybees the lead. Hays hit a pair of free throws, and Aledo added a layup, but Tuck hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 13 with three minutes left in the half.
Tuck nearly stole the ball on the next possession, but stepped out. After an Aledo layup, Tuck hit another 3-pointer.
Bethanie Young scored the Honeybees’ next seven points, picking up loose balls inside. The Honeybees led by as many as eight points, 23-15, with one minute left in the half, but Aledo hit a 3-pointer just before the break.
Roberson hit a jumper to open the second half, but the Ladycats scored five straight, cutting the Honeybees’ lead to two, 25-23. Katie Carr had a steal that led to a jumper from Alyssa Reese, then Leslie Harris hit her third 3-pointer for Aledo.
The shot cut the lead back to one, 27-26, but Roberson and Young hit shots that gave Stephenville breathing room.
Tuck hit three more 3-pointers in the quarter, and Feist closed the third with a pair of free throws. The Honeybees led by as many as 10, but they went into the fourth quarter up six, 44-38.
Aledo came within four, but tough defense allowed the Honeybees to push the lead back to 12 after a pair of Roberson free throws. Tuck hit three of six free throws in the last minute.
The freshman team also won, 36-23. Samantha Parsons led the team with 14, and Sarah Fulfer and Stephanie Ong added seven apiece. The junior varsity also won.