By BRAD KEITH
Photos by Dr. CHET MARTIN
STEPHENVILLE (January 16, 2015) — Nick Wendt was on fire Friday night, and Stephenville could do little to slow him down.
The Mineral Wells guard was 6-7 from 3-point range in the opening half and scored 26 points to lead the Rams to a 69-46 win over the Yellow Jackets in the District 6-4A opener for both teams at Gandy Gym.
Mineral Wells hit eight 3-pointers that played a big role in keeping the Stephenville at arm’s length almost the entire way.
It was a 10-point game before Stephenville’s seventh and eighth turnovers were followed immediately by Mineral Wells’ 3-pointers, and just like that it was 31-15 late in the second quarter. The Rams hit from the arc on three straight possessions earlier in the period to push its lead from 14-11 to 23-13. It ended up being a 19-4 run to the intermission, when the Rams led 33-15.
The Jackets struggled mightily from the free throw line in the first half, knocking down just one of 10 attempts. They were an improved 9-13 after intermission but still hit only 43.5 percent for the game.
Zoey Kendall gave Stephenville life in the third, when scored 10 of his 13 points. The junior forward had all 10 in the first 3:40 of the new half. But Mineral Wells kept scoring as well, and still led 41-25 after Kendall’s last bucket of the period with 4:20 on the clock.
That was as Stephenville would get the rest of the way, cutting its deficit to 16 twice more before the Rams finished the game on a 12-4 run.
Brown scored 10 to join Kendall in double figures for Stephenville. Josh Nowell had eight points, Kaegun Williams six, Tyler Griffin five and Evan Moody four.
Stephenville continues 6-4A play on Tuesday at Abilene Wylie.