By BRAD KEITH
STEPHENVILLE (February 2, 2016) — Stephenville had its chances, but connected on only one field goal in the final two minutes and Mineral Wells scored the final five points from the free throw line to hold on, 46-41, in 6-4A district play at Gandy Gym Tuesday.
Stephenville had four possessions trailing 41-38, but missed four straight shots, two of them layups and one a try at a game-tying 3-pointer. The Jackets actually missed a fifth straight shot, but Josh Nowell collected the board and scored a put back to pull within one.
But that was it for Stephenville, not that even more opportunities didn’t arise.
Trailing 43-40, the Yellow Jackets stole an inbound pass but stepped on the baseline to give it right back to Mineral Wells with 17 seconds left. Riley Scott hit one of two to make it a two-possession game, and after a quick three missed the mark Stephenville had to foul again. This time Scott made both to finish the scoring.
Cameron Fraser was the only Stephenville player in double figures with 10 points. Coby Vandenberg and Josh Nowell each added six, Zoey Kendall and Darian Brown both netted five and Evan Moody and Easton Jones each scored four.
Mineral Wells was paced by Gage Mcdonald and Broderick Johnson with 16 points each. Scott added 10.
Stephenville visits Abilene Wylie at 8 p.m. Friday following a 6:30 p.m. girls contest.