By BRAD KEITH
ALEDO (November 17, 2015) — Stephenville (1-1) kept it close until the midway point of the third quarter, but that’s when Alexis Jones and Aledo (1-2) pulled away for a 62-40 win.
Stephenville scored the final six points of the first half and eight of the first 11 in the third quarter to cut a 15-point second quarter deficit to 30-26 by the 5:38 mark of the third, but Aledo – specifically Jones – took over from there.
Jones had 25 points and a bevy of steals and assists, including 11 points in the third quarter that ended with a 12-4 Lady Cat run for a 42-30 advantage entering the fourth. She also had two assists that helped Cameron Huddleston score eight of her 10 in the fourth.
The speed and quick hands of Jones also did work on the defensive end, where takeaways often led to transition baskets for the star and her teammates.
“Turnovers. You can’t give up easy baskets off turnovers,” said Honeybee head coach Alan Thorpe following the loss. “That and missed baskets inside, we had too many of those.”
Kali Smith poured in 19 points to lead Stephenville for the second straight game. The senior guard hit five 3-pointers.
Stephenville post Liz Pack scored nine, Mikayla Hobbs four, Bayleigh Chaviers two, Skylar Chipman two, Abby Brawner two and Payton Wall two.
Stephenville plays next at 1 p.m. Friday at American Airlines Center against Bowie.
Stephenville fell behind 27-12 in the second quarter because Aledo scored 12 points on layups off Honeybee turnovers. But the Bees shut out the Lady Cats over the final 2:45 of the half and trailed 27-18 at intermission.
Stephenville missed six layups in the opening quarter – Aledo missed four – and the Lady Cats led 13-8 entering the second.