Jackets playing strong defense heading into district

Mark Wilson mwilson@empiretribune.com
Grayson Traweek (13) takes aim for a shot during the Yellow Jackets' Dec. 28 game against Keene.

The fine tuning is almost over for District 7-4A boys basketball competition.

The Stephenville Yellow Jackets will open district play in the new five-school alignment on Friday, Jan. 11, at home in Gandy Gym against Godley (varsity tipoff at 7:30 p.m.).

Coach Bill Brooks’ Jackets competed in the Glen Rose Shootout last weekend. They fell to Keene, 55-45, on Dec. 28 in their first game back from the Christmas break. In their game, last Saturday morning, the Jackets bounced back for a victory, 63-44 over Fort Worth Country Day.

The two-day Shootout, which featured several schools, was a match game format in Tiger Arena instead of a bracketed tournament.

Saturday's win lifted Stephenville’s season record to 8-12.

Brooks said that the game against Keene, “was rusty as expected for the guys just coming back from the break. However, against Fort Worth Country Day we put together a complete game on both sides of the floor.

“The guys played great defense and we shot the ball really well. That's good momentum going into the last week before district.”

Skylar Stilwell paced the offensive attack against Country Day, hitting for 21 points on 10-for-19 shooting from the field from 2-point range. Teammates Trace Morrison and Grayson Traweek contributed eight and seven points, respectively. Morrison recorded a team-leading seven steals.

Krece Nowak, who has returned from his football injury to join the basketball team, led the Jackets in rebounding in that game, with five.

The Jackets pulled away from Country Day with an 18-9 scoring edge in the second quarter, then added four more points to their lead in the third quarter (14-10) and three in the fourth (18-15). SHS enjoyed a 16-7 edge in team steals.

The Keene contest marked the Jackets’ second loss to the Chargers this season. Grayson Traweek led the Jackets with 14 points, while teammate Chase Griffin added 12 points plus a team-leading seven rebounds. Traweek sank 5 of his 11 shots from 2-point range.

The Jackets had a home game scheduled for Wednesday afternoon against Gatesville, but bad weather prompted cancellation of that contest. They were scheduled to play at Alvarado Thursday (varsity at 2:30 p.m.), but the results of that game were not available at press time. Brooks said that he was trying to pick up a new opponent for a game early next week, but that was also unknown before the print deadline.

After the district opener, the Jackets will have away games at Brownwood on Jan. 15 and at Mineral Wells Jan. 22, before closing out the first half of league play at home, taking on Glen Rose on Jan. 25.