No. 7 Abilene Wylie tops Honeybees 43-31

CALEB MCCAIG cmccaig@empiretribune.com
Bayleigh Chaviers drives the lane against an Abilene Wylie defender Tuesday.

It was a rough night for the Stephenville Honeybees Tuesday as they finally met their match in a 43-31 loss to No. 7 Abilene Wylie in district 6-4A basketball play. 

The start to the game will be on that Stephenville will hope to soon forget. At first it was a battle of great defense between the Lady Bulldogs and Honeybees, but it took Stephenville more than six minutes to finally get their first points of the game. By the time the first quarter had ended, Abilene Wylie had already run out to a 10-4 lead. 

It was a different story in the second quarter. Stephenville finally appeared to have found their footing offensively as Skylar Chipman hit two free throws early on and then made a steal which resulted in a lay-up to get the Honeybees within four with more than five minutes to go. From there the Honeybees continued to chip away at the Lady Bulldog lead and even managed to take a brief 15-14 lead over their district rivals thanks to a Kali Smith three-pointer. However, a quick basket before halftime for Abilene Wylie gave them a one-point 16-15 lead heading into the break. 

The second half was ultimately the Honeybees’ back-breaker. They were outscored by three points in the third quarter, which gave them a four-point lead to crack into as they headed to the fourth, but were then outscored 16-8 in the fourth. 

Bayleigh Chaviers finished the game as the Honeybees leading scorer with 13 points, while Skylar Chipman and Jaycee Morton each added four. 

With the loss, the Honeybees fall to 2-1 in district play and will play next on Friday when they travel to Graham.