By BRAD KEITH
STEPHENVILLE (November 8, 2016) — It was election Tuesday, but no polling was necessary to see that Stephenville is better than Burnet to begin the 2016-17 girls basketball season.
The Honeybees dominated the second half of a 54-35 win at Gandy Gym to tip off their eighth season of head coach Alan Thorpe’s second stint at Stephenville. They have won seven consecutive area championships entering the new year, and looked the part with pressure defense and timely offense that kept Burnet off-balance all night.
Ebony Green poured in 18 points to lead Stephenville while Payton Wall added 12. The Honeybees play again next Tuesday in the first girls-boys varsity of the season at Gandy Gym. The Bees will face Granbury before the Yellow Jackets meet Gatesville.
Stephenville really began to pull away in the third quarter, scoring the first seven points including a 3-pointer by Wall for a 27-14 advantage, and it only grew from there. A steal by Wall led to a Jayci Morton layup for a 31-14 lead before Burnet finally scored its first points of the new half midway through the third. Burnet did finish the quarter with a buzzer beater, cutting the Honeybee lead to 37-21 entering the fourth.
Five early points by Green helped Stephenville to an 11-4 lead late in the first quarter, but Burnet knocked down back-to-back 3-pointers to cut it to 11-10 entering the second. Green, a junior guard, had eight at half, when the Bees led 20-14.
Morton netted six points for Stephenville while Hailey Martin, Katie Roberson and Tess Baker each added four. Blair Landes and Jordan Carter both had three.