E-T Staff Report

In a rematch of last season’s hard-fought area-round playoff, Stephenville (2-1) did Monday night exactly what it did last February - knock off Springtown (3-1).

The Honeybees had plenty of defense and just enough offense to edge the previously unbeaten Lady Porcupines 34-29 on the road.

“Our defense was good,” Stephenville head coach Alan Thorpe said. “If you hold Springtown to 29 points that’s pretty impressive. We had a couple of breakdowns here and there, but not many.”

Sheridan Stokes had 11 to lead Stephenville, which also picked up seven points from Kyndra Schouten and six from Meagan Parsons.

The Stephenville offense struggled, but Thorpe said a lot of that had to do with Springtown’s defensive effort.

They kept switching between a man and a matchup zone pretty effectively,” Thorpe said. “We knew they would be good, that’s why we wanted to play them. We knew it would be a good test for us and it was.”

Thorpe also admitted his team missed some opportunities at the offensive end.

“We’re still pretty inexperienced so we’re going to continue to get better,” Thorpe said. “Several times we didn’t read or see something that later on we will read or see. We just need a few more games under our belt.”

The Bees did pick it up offensively in the fourth, outscoring Springtown 14-9 to break a 20-20 tie at the end of three.

Alex Huckabee scored four points and Gaby Lazarine, Becca Emmons and Kensie Colegrove added two each to round out Stephenville’s scoring.

The Honeybees face an even tougher test today when they host Keller at 5 p.m.