Stephenville girls jump ahead early, beat Jacksboro to start 4-0

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Senior Payton Wall, with ball, was one of four Honeybees to contribute six points each on top of the 15 netted by Jayci Morton when Stephenville defeated Jacksboro 47-37 at Gandy Gym Tuesday. || The Flash Today/Brad Keith

By BRAD KEITH
TheFlashToday.com

STEPHENVILLE (November 21, 2017) — Jayci Morton didn’t rack up another 30 points Tuesday, but what makes 4A No. 9 Stephenville so formidable is that individual performances like her 31-point outburst Monday are rarely needed.

It was back to a single scoring leader topping an otherwise balanced attack on Tuesday, along with the one constant head coach Alan Thorpe both demands and knows he can rely on from his Honeybees – ferocious baseline-to-baseline defense.

 

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Jacksboro, a strong 3A foe, was reduced to another common opponent who couldn’t score enough points against the pressure-cooker man-to-man effort as Stephenville built a big early lead and kept the Lady Tigers at least eight back the rest of the way in a 47-37 win at Gandy Gym.

Morton still scored 15, but with four others – Hailey Martin, Payton Wall, Madison Carter and Tesslie Baker – adding six points each. Madison Gilder and Jordan Carter each contributed three and Hannah Bernays added two.

 

Baylee Thompson answered that with 19 points for Jacksboro, but the rest of the Lady Tigers combined for only 18.

It was career head coaching victory No. 495 for Thorpe, the bulk of those coming in his two stints and 18 total years leading the Honeybees. Thorpe says a tough test awaits the Honeybees after Thanksgiving. They visit 5A Aledo at 6:30 p.m. next Tuesday, November 28.

 

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