Stephenville made good at the charity stripe when the opportunity was afforded and it led to a 40-38 win for the Honeybees against 5A Aledo Tuesday night at Gandy Gym.
The Bees nailed 15 free throws as they plugged along at a 10-point per quarter pace against a much taller Aledo squad that had the advantage when it came to pulling down the rebounds.
Kassidy Nowak’s six points led Stephenville’s first-half scoring as the Bees got points from all over the floor including three-pointers by Jettie Funderburgh and Jayci Morton in the first quarter. Mikayla Diaz and Alee McClendon each added four points to the Bees’ efforts.
The score was kept tight in the second quarter with Stephenville having the edge at halftime 19-16, but a different Aledo squad came out in the third quarter and wrestled the lead away with a 17-10 run against the Bees to lead 33-29.
But in the fourth quarter, it was the Bees’ defensive hustle that limited Aledo to just five points. Once Stephenville gained a slight lead they made good at the free throw line as Aledo went to fouling in an attempt to gain possession of the ball.
Nowak hit was 4-6 at the line and had six fourth-quarter points and Diaz and Funderburgh added three more free throws to close out the win.