By BRAD KEITH
(December 28, 2015) — For three quarters Stephenville stayed close to Har-Ber, a 7A power from Springdale, Arkansas.
But games aren’t just three quarters, and Har-Ber dominated the fourth.
Exploding for a 24-6 fourth-quarter margin to pull away, Har-Ber won 66-41 in the opening round of Mansfield ISD’s Spring Creek Barbecue Invitational at Legacy High School Thursday morning.
Stephenville coach Alan Thorpe wasn’t disappointed in his team’s performance.
“They started two six footers and as soon as they went to the bench two more six footers came in,” said Stephenville head coach Alan Thorpe. “We played really well to stay with them as long as we did, because they’re a handful.”
What Thorpe was disappointed by was his team getting only four free throw attempts.
“We made three of them, so we were shooting well from the free throw line, we just aren’t getting there enough,” said Thorpe. “There were some things I thought should have been called, but we also have to be more aggressive and work to get there.”
It doesn’t get much easier for the Honeybees later today. They face 6A Arlington Lamar at 4:45 p.m. at Summit High School. Har-Ber also has a tough test ahead, meeting 6A No. 5 Amarillo in the winner’s bracket later today.
Stephenville’s scoring was balanced, but not explosive. No Honeybee reached double figures, as point guard Bayleigh Chaviers and post Emily Brandon led the way with nine each while Kali Smith and Payton Wall each added eight. Skyler Chipman scored the remaining seven.