CROWLEY — The Stephenville Yellow Jackets knew it would take a fantastic team shooting performance for them to hang with the district-leading Crowley Eagles on their home floor.
Point guard Trey Taylor came through, hitting five three-pointers on the way to a game-high 22 points, but he had little help on offense as Crowley cruised to a dominating 80-46 win Tuesday.
The Eagles remain undefeated in district, while the Yellow Jackets fell to 3-3.
Crowley’s deep bench spelled doom for the Yellow Jackets, as 11 of the 12 Eagles who saw action scored. Junior point guard Colby Ray led the way with 12.
The physical Eagles out-rebounded the Yellow Jackets 37 to 21. Crowley picked up 17 offensive rebounds, and bulled their way to numerous second-chance points inside.
Putbacks gave Crowley a 5-0 edge early on, and Tom Ed Ramsay put the Yellow Jackets on the board with a jumper.
Taylor hit two of his three-pointers in quick succession early in the first quarter, but after the second shot Crowley went on a 17-4 run to close out the period.
Davis had a three-point play to cut Crowley’s advantage to four, 16-12, but the Eagles scored 10 unanswered points in the final three and a half minutes of the first quarter.
Ray capped that flurry with a buzzer-beating halfcourt shot that made the score 26-12. The Eagles added four points in the second before Davis ended the Stephenville drought with a layup off an inbounds pass.
Crowley reeled off another nine-point run before the Yellow Jackets answered, as Davis hit a pair of free throws. Taylor hit two more three-pointers before the half, but that was all the offense Stephenville could muster.
The Eagles had doubled up on them at the break, 44-22.
The Yellow Jackets cut the lead down to 20 late in the third on a putback by Jace Mills, 52-32, but Crowley finished the quarter out strong, scoring eight straight.
They carried that momentum into the final quarter, outscoring Stephenville 20-14. An alley-oop dunk put an exclamation point on the victory near the four-minute mark.
The Yellow Jackets will try to get back on the winning track against a tough Everman Bulldog squad at home Friday. Tip off is at 8 p.m.