By BRAD KEITH
MINERAL WELLS (February 13, 2017) — No. 10 Stephenville dialed up heavy defensive pressure and Springtown had no answer Monday night in the bi-district round of the Region I-4A girls basketball playoffs.
Payton Wall poured in 19 points and the Honeybees rolled to their ninth straight bi-district win, 64-25, setting up a likely area-round showdown with Brownwood at 6 p.m. Friday at Hamilton High School.
Morton had 13 in the first half and the game was never close. The Honeybees, runners up in District 8-4A, jumped out to a 15-4 lead by the end of the first quarter and were ahead 26-8 following a right corner 3-pointer by Morton, a sophomore.
Springtown, the third-place finisher in 7-4A, showed its only signs of life during the last three minutes of the second quarter with a 9-5 push to the end of the half, when the Bees led 31-17.
If it wasn’t over at halftime, it certainly was shortly after. A left-corner 3 by Hailey Martin off a nice skip pass from Jordan Carter was followed by a Martin steal and breakaway layup to highlight a 14-0 Stephenville run to start the third quarter, making it 45-17 en rout to a 48-21 margin entering the fourth.
Martin had 11 points, Ebony Green seven, Madison Carter six, Liz Pack six, Blair Landes five, Payton Wall four, Tess Baker four and Madison Gilder two.