JOSHUA — The Stephenville Yellow Jackets held on late after establishing a big lead over the Joshua Owls on the road, winning 52-47.

The win was Stephenville’s third straight, running their district record to 6-4. But to make a run to the playoffs, the Yellow Jackets must carry their strong performances into games against District 8-4A’s best.

Cody Davis had a stellar game, leading all scorers with 21 points. He also had seven rebounds, including two late boards off misses by Joshua’s long-range bomber Sidney Pruitt that helped secure the Stephenville win.

Trey Taylor finished with 13 points, and Jared Mills added nine.

Davis had two layups to open the game, giving Stephenville a 4-0 advantage. Joshua then scored five straight, but Jared Mills hit consecutive 3-pointers from the left corner to give the Yellow Jackets the advantage.

Davis and Taylor each hit 3-pointers over the next few minutes, and Taylor’s shot gave Stephenville a 10-point lead, 17-7. Taylor hit Colby Rives inside at the buzzer for an easy bucket, stretching the lead to 19-7 heading into the second quarter.

Stephenville’s production slowed in the next eight minutes, as Joshua outscored them 12-6.

Davis hit another 3-pointer with 2:40 to go, but those were the Yellow Jackets’ last points before the half, and the Owls closed out the half on a six-point run.

Stephenville recovered in the third, as a Davis layup gave the Yellow Jackets a 34-21 lead. He then completed a three-point play to run the lead to 16.

Pruitt scored a quick five points for Joshua, but Tom Ed Ramsay’s steal kept the Yellow Jackets up 10, 39-29, going into the fourth.

Taylor had five points in the fourth, including three of four from the line, to hold off Joshua’s charge.