The first two losses of the basketball season for the Stephenville Honeybees hit head coach Alan Thorpe in different ways.
Tuesday’s 50-39 road loss was at Aledo, a good Class 5A squad. The Honeybees opened the Van Griffith Kia Basketball Tournament in Granbury with a 49-41 victory over Coppell, but fell to Sweetwater Thursday afternoon in their second pool play game, 58-55.
The Honeybees led most of the way, but Sweetwater rallied to grab the lead, 47-46, at the 2:43 mark in the fourth quarter before outscoring Stephenville 11-9 down the stretch.
Thorpe noted that Aledo has a better team than Sweetwater, which is a smaller Class 4A school.
He was unhappy with some of the calls in the Sweetwater game, but said his team should have been able to overcome that.
“That shouldn’t have affected us,” said Thorpe, whose team is now 5-2 overall. “We played so poorly, and we let the refs affect us. We’ve got to be mentally tough. We’ve got to do a better job, discipline-wise, in adverse situations.”
Payton Wall led the Honeybees with 12 points in the loss to Sweetwater, and Madison Carter added 10.
Jayci Morton led the way in scoring in the loss to Aledo, with 13 points, but was the only player with more than 6.
Against Coppell, Jordan Carter scored a team-high 15 points for SHS, while Wall had 12 and Hailey Martin chipped in 8.
The Honeybees were continuing their play in the Granbury tournament Friday and Saturday. They will have their next game Tuesday at Grandview.