By BRAD KEITH
Stephenville girls 41, Aledo 38
STEPHENVILLE (November 18, 2014) — Breanna Wooley knocked down a right wing 3-pointer just before the buzzer, lifting Stephenville past Aledo 41-38 at Gandy Gym Tuesday evening.
Kali Smith, who scored 13 to lead Stephenville, hit a 3-point shot for a 38-36 lead, but Aledo tied the game at 38 with 1:08 remaining.
Stephenville never gave the ball back, playing keep away around the arc until calling timeout with 11.23 seconds left. Head coach Alan Thorpe called timeout again after the teams lined up for the inbound pass, though the winning play still did not go according to design.
“I was supposed to penetrate, but I saw that wasn’t open so I passed the ball in the corner, and when I got it back I knew we had to shoot,” said Wooley, a senior guard who scored her only points on the game winner. “I didn’t hear the buzzer at first, and when I looked at the clock I was still a little shocked.”
Thorpe said the primary option on the play was to have Cassidy Cline inbound the ball, then to hit her with a return pass as she attacked the basket off a screen.
“It was gonna be a little give-and-go off the inbound pass,” Thorpe explained as he replayed film of the sequence in his office afterward. “But looking here, that wasn’t open, so we took care of the ball, and when Bre got it back she had just enough space to get a shot off.”
Stephenville led by a slim margin most the way. CameronHuddleston led Aledo with 17 thanks to knocking down all nine of her free throws.
For Stephenville, Lyndi Graham scored nine, Lariat Larner six, Bayleigh Chaviers four Cline four and Robbi Elliott two.
Stephenville welcomes Granbury next Monday at 6:30 p.m.
Gatesville boys 35, Stephenville 34
STEPHENVILLE (November 18, 2014) — Stephenville lost the handle on the ball and never got a shot off on its final possession, dropping its season opener to Gatesville, 35-34, at Gandy Gym Tuesday night.
Tyler Griffin is the most experienced player currently on the varsity roster, and it showed, as the senior guard pumped 23 points through the net to lead Stephenville.
It wasn’t enough, however, as Gatesville hit a pair free throws with 27 seconds remaining for what stood as the winning points.
Stwphenville turned the ball over quickly, but Gatesville couldn’t connect from the charity stripe when fouled with 7 seconds left.
The Yellow Jackets got the ball to Griffin and he went on the attack, but couldn’t hold on when he ran into a wall of defenders at the edge of the paint.
Stephenville stuck primarily to a zone defense and led 7-2 through one. The second quarter was more offensive, ending with the Jackets on top 20-14 at the intermission.
Gatesville cut its margin in half in the third, trailing 27-24 entering the fourth. The Hornets tied the game at 28, then a 3-pointer from the left wing gave them a lead.
Each team hit a free throw before Griffin tipped in an assist from freshman Easton Jones to pull Stephenville within one. Evan Moody got an offensive rebound and put back on the ensuing possession to give the Jackets their last lead, 34-33.
Stephenville hit only two field goals in the fourth quarter and three in the second half.
The Jackets, shorthanded as their football team continues in the state playoffs, visits Springtown at 11:15 a.m. Saturday.