The Stephenville Honeybees steamrolled the Alvarado Lady Indians for a second time Friday, coasting to a 71-31 home victory.
The win kept the Honeybees (18-10, 8-3) in second place in District 8-4A, a game behind Crowley. The Lady Eagles edged Joshua (6-5 in district) in overtime Friday. Cleburne moved into third place after beating Mineral Wells by just two points.
Head coach Ron Berry said that although his team did not play as “sharp” as he had hoped — noting a 50 percent free throw shooting percentage and numerous missed layups at the half — he added that the team finished strong in the fourth quarter.
“We just needed a few more of our shots to fall,” Berry said.
Following the game, he told his team that they did not play badly; rather, they must learn to play at a high level “so that (it) becomes a habit.”
Still, every Stephenville player who suited up scored in the rout, led by Trisha Tuck with 25 points. Holly Feist had 11, Katie Carr had eight and Lindsay Bloemhof added seven.
The Honeybees shot well from the outside, hitting 7-of-10 3-pointers. They also had 14 offensive rebounds, and 16 steals. The team’s leading rebounders were Feist (seven) and Bethanie Young (six).
Nearly half of Alvarado’s total points — 13, to be exact — came on free throw shots.
A 3-pointer from Tuck gave the Honeybees an early 9-2 lead, but the Lady Indians scored two straight baskets. Bloemhof and Carr had layups to answer the mini-surge, and Stephanie McNeal had a rebound and a putback to give Stephenville a 17-9 lead.
The Honeybees closed the quarter with two more baskets, but their offense slowed in the second after they scored the first six points of the quarter.
All five of Alvarado’s points in the second came from the free throw line, and Kelsey Evans closed the half with a 3-pointer that made the score 35-14.
The teams came out even in the third quarter, scoring nine points apiece. Though the lead was never in jeopardy, it was evident that the Honeybees were not playing at their best.
That changed in the final period, though, as Stephenville outscored Alvarado 27-8. Tuck scored 11 points in the quarter, and Stacy Slayden hit a pair of 3-pointers.
The junior varsity continued its district dominance, crushing Alvarado 94-11. Every Stephenville player scored in that game as well, with Hillary Laursen leading the way with 20. Mara Christian had 19, Paige Chew and Brianna Bledsoe each had 17 and Ashley Culpepper had 15.
The freshman team also won. Latisha Garcia was the high scorer, with 21 points, followed by Sam Parsons with 18.