A lack of defensive rebounds and a sharpshooting Lady Wildcat marred Stephenville’s perfect District 7-4A slate as Godley handed the #8 Honeybees a 55-53 overtime road loss Tuesday.
The Honeybees (22-7, 6-1) looked like they had the contest won when they went for a last-second bucket, and Jaci Morton went up for the shot only to have the ball bang around the rim and back out. Then things got a little strange as a Wildcat ended up with the basketball and Stephenville was called for traveling.
That switched things around from Stephenville needing a tip-in basket with .3 second left on the clock to Godley needing to travel the length of the court which meant the contest was headed to overtime tied at 45-45.
In overtime, Godley drew first blood and the Honeybee Alee McClendon matched it to knot the score back at 47-47. Malerie Maxwell then popped a three-pointer for Godley and gave the Wildcats their biggest lead of the game at 50-47.
Stephenville got a big scare when in a scramble for the basketball Morton fell and landed on a heavily wrapped thumb. Morton left the contest to be examined but was soon back in action.
Mikayla Diaz would provide a pair of free throws to get the score to 50-49, and the Bees retook the lead with a basket from a driving Kassidy Nowak to make it 51-50.
Godley pulled out front again 54-51, and Alee McClendon provided a window of hope with a rebound, and she dribbled the length of the court to score to make it 54-53 with 7.5 seconds remaining.
The Bees would foul and give up a free throw before getting the ball back; however, Morton lost the handle on the ball on the way to scoring and time ran out for Stephenville.
McClendon had a massive night for Stephenville as the sophomore scored 25 points to lead the Bees scoring. Morton added six points to the Bees’ totals while Hannah Bernays and Madison Gilder had five points each.
The loss does nothing to Stephenville’s standing in district play as they are currently in first place while Godley climbs into a tie for second with Glen Rose.
The Honeybees wrap up the regular season when they play host to Brownwood Friday with tipoff scheduled at 6 p.m.