By RUSSELL HUFFMAN
December 1, 2020
In the first four minutes of play Tuesday, No. 11 Stephenville looked a little rusty after a six-day layoff, but the Honeybees engineered a 16-0 second-quarter run to dismantle 5A Aledo 60-41 at Gandy Gym and moved their record to 5-0.
Sparked by Kaylee Matthews’ 16 points, the Bees posted four players in double-figure scoring, including Alee McClendon with 13, Landri Withers 12 and Mya Wesley 11.
“We knew coming off of break we would be a little rusty, but I thought our defense set the tone early,” Coach Jason Hodges said
Stephenville was leading 12-8 heading into the second quarter when they caught on fire offensively. While Matthews was the scoring leader, it was Withers’ hot hand in the frame that sparked the Bees’ 16 unanswered points as she netted eight of the stanza’s 20 points.
The 20-4 run pushed Stephenville to a 32-12 advantage at the half.
The Bees numbers were pretty glittering, but Stephenville’s aggression caused some turnovers under the basket as Hodges urged his troops to slow down and be patient.
Our decision making needs to be a little better but coming off a six-day rest, that is to be expected,” Hodges said. “Our effort was outstanding, and I thought we played hard. We were a little sloppy on the defensive end.”
With the Bees holding a solid lead, it was also an opportunity for Hodges to send in his younger players.
“We have 11 players on varsity right now that we can stick in there at any time, and they are going to give us great minutes,” Hodges said. “There was a time tonight when we had a defensive lineup in there, and I was worried how we would score, and we put up nine points.”
With the inability to play tournaments this season due to COVID restrictions, Hodges has been turning to wheeling and dealing on his basketball schedule and has worked in some back-to-back nights.
The Honeybees are playing as far up in classification and talent as Hodges can reach with Sweetwater visiting Friday night. The Bees are headed to Abilene Tuesday before another road trip to Fredricksburg.
The Bees took full advantage of their time at the free-throw line going 9-of-10 in the second half and 15-of-20 for the game. Also adding to the Bees scoring was Mya Wilson 6, and Kennedy Coffee with 2.