Freshman Mya Wesley punched in a season and career-high eight three-pointers as she drained 30 points off the bench as No. 5 Stephenville pummeled Lampasas 63-40 at Gandy Gym Friday night.
“We know that she can shoot the ball,” Coach Jason Hodges said. “You want to talk about a kid that works on her game nonstop! It’s an old-school term, but she’s a ‘gym rat,’ and she has a bright future.”
Wesley didn’t enter the game until midway through the first quarter as the Honey Bees’ “game-changer” ripped a three-pointer and stole the ball to add a layup as Stephenville ran out to a 19-11 lead over the Lady Badgers.
The win is a great shot in the arm for the Bees after Stephenville (18-2, 5-1) dropped a 39-33 District 6-4A contest to No. 6 Glen Rose (22-2, 5-1) that dropped them into a tie for the league lead.
Glen Rose elected to double and triple-team post Alee McClendon and Stephenville didn’t respond on the outside to counter the paint’s missing points.
“We had opportunities Tuesday night, and we just didn’t knock down shots,” Hodges said. “We had some defensive breakdowns and have them a lot of second chances.”
Lampasas scouted the league leaders’ matchup. They tried the same defensive tactics, but Bees outside game was razor-sharp, and right away, Jade Wilson, Landri Withers, McClendon and Mya Wilson took control
Wesley’s insertion into the contest showed the Bees have that rare second-gear and Wesley’s trio of threes in the second quarter led an 18-10 run that put Stephenville in command at halftime 37-21.
There’s nothing like a solid lead to allow a chance to work out your entire roster, and Hodges began to substitute freely, putting Katie McIrvin, Trysten Monk, Seren Fowler, and Zoe Birdwell into the mix during the evening.
Withers had a solid first half, netting 10 points, while Wesley had dialed up her total to 14.
Only a couple of things were missing from the Bees’ offensive game, and first was accuracy at the free-throw line where Jaylee Matthews was a perfect 4-of-4, but as a team, Stephenville was just 16-of-28.
“Our free throws were a little off tonight, but that is something we can fix in practice,” Hodges said.
The Bees’ also suffered a point-scoring lull at the start of the second half, but Wesley’s rotation into the game changed that as she scored 10 of Stephenville’s 12 third-quarter points. Her hot hand continued with ten more points in the final stanza.
Wither’s followed Wesley’s point lead with 12 points, McClendon had 5, Jade Wilson and Matthews 4, Mya Wilson and Zoe 3, Monk and Kennedy Coffee 1.
Stephenville travels to Gatesville Tuesday, and the Bees’ final regular-season game is set for Friday, Feb. 5, against Brownwood’s Lady Lions.
If both Stephenville and Glen Rose win out, they will square off for the District title at a site and time to be determined.