BY RUSSELL HUFFMAN
Stephenville got 12 points from Cody Storrs, eight from Chase Griffin and the Yellow Jackets are 1-0 in District 7-4A after a thrilling 44-43 win over Godley at Gandy Gym Friday night.
The Jackets were their own worst enemy with 19 turnovers including several over-powered passes that should have resulted in easy layups. A late foul with the Jackets up by four points added tension to the matchup which was the third year in a row Stephenville has beaten Godley by a single point.
“That foul was simply a sophomore mistake,” coach Bill Brooks said. “When we are up by three we go down and foul. That way they can’t shoot the three-pointer, and I trust my guys to get a rebound.”
Early on Stephenville looked like world beaters and the Yellow Jackets jumped out to a 20-7 second-quarter lead. Skylar Stilwell led the first-quarter scoring with five points and the Jackets spread their offense around as Cody Storrs and Chase Griffin had four points each. Mason Castleberry and Stilwell also netted the Jackets’ only three-pointers of the game in the first stanza.
Turnovers quickly slowed the Jackets’ momentum who suddenly couldn’t hang onto the basketball and found the goal heavily defended when they got a shot off. The Wildcats blocked several of Stephenville’s shots, and those that did get off were unable to find the mark.
“We got a little complacent,” Brooks said. “The turnovers hurt us too, but we have guys who can come in if someone isn’t doing their job and we fix it.”
The half-time buzzer went off with the Jackets on top by just four points 21-17 but despite Godley outscoring the Jackets the remainder of the way Stephenville never gave up the lead.
That’s because the third quarter was a 10-8 affair and the fourth a tight 16-15 quarter. Stephenville could have pushed the score out a little farther if the Jackets had made more of the free throws in the final quarter.
Godley worked hard to gain possession, and Stephenville shot 18 four-quarter free throws but missed half those attempts.
It might not have been the prettiest win but it’s one Brooks will take especially with the Jackets starting district play 1-0.
“It’s awesome! It’s a great feeling,” Brooks said. “I think any teams in our district is capable of winning the district title and it’s good to have some momentum going forward when we head to Brownwood.
Scoring–Krece Nowak 2, Kendal Storrs 3, Mason Castleberry 3, Grayson Traweek 6, Cody Storrs 12, Skyler Stilwell 5, Trace Morrison 5, Chase Griffin 8,