— By BRIAN SMITH
Springtown’s girls made it interesting for a while, but an aggressive, fast Stephenville team eventually wore Pojo down Friday night, and walked out of Weatherford with a 53-35 Class 3A, Region I area-round win.
The Lady Porcupines end their 2013-14 campaign at 15-11 with the Bees moving on to regionals with a 20-12 record. Springtown Coach Susan Croft said Stephenville was very quick and did the job defensively.
“They played solid defense and we had 18 first half turnovers,” Croft said. “We played better in the second half, however.”
Stephenville showed what kind of night it would be early on, forcing three turnovers in the first minute. Springtown was able to stay close with inside buckets from Jordan Doremus and Brooklyn Dauenhauer.
The Honeybees took advantage of being in the bonus in the final minute of the first quarter, getting four free throws to take a 15-10 lead after one. Pojo freshman Adrienne Easter’s three-pointer was the first from outside early in the second ... and would prove to be the only basket of the frame for Springtown. Stephenville took advantage with its best shooting quarter of the contest (5 of 12) to extend the lead to 30-16 at the break.
After being beaten on the boards in the first half, Springtown freshman Abbi Hatton showed presence inside, coming through with seven rebounds in the final two quarters, four of them on the offensive end. Baskets by Hatton and Katelynn Mainord kept things close in the fourth but the Bees scored on three straight possessions to thwart any comeback hopes.
Croft said a tough non-district schedule, which included state-ranked Aledo and Brock, helped get her players ready for the district campaign. There is plenty of hope for the future, with Dauenhauer coming back for her senior campaign and talent in the wings with three freshmen getting time on the varsity.
Dauenhauer led Pojo with 10 points with Easter adding six and Hatton five. Cassidy Cline and Tiara Green each had 11 for the Bees.