Momentum can flip in a hurry on the basketball court and in a season. Friday night was case and point in a game between the Midlothian Heritage girls and Stephenville Honeybees.
The free fall continued Tuesday in Glen Rose, as the Jaguars have now dropped two consecutive district games.
Heritage jumped out to a 14-1 lead in the first quarter Friday and held a 17-8 advantage at the half. Unfortunately for the Jaguars, the second half and overtime were all Honeybees.
Stephenville knocked off state-ranked Heritage 37-35 in overtime.
“I have to give Stephenville credit," Heritage head girls' basketball coach Jason Hodges said. "Historically and traditionally they are a good team. I knew when we had them down early, that was the start that we wanted. We wanted to jump on them quickly and see if they would lay down for a little bit. It’s not that our kids eased up. We got into a funk. Defensively we did just as good of a job as they did in the second quarter and right to the very end. We missed some block-out assignments. That’s what we talked about in the locker room, and that’s what we talked about at the end of the game."
Hodges added, "But again, at the end of the game we had a chance to win. We were down and got into overtime. We were down, almost got a chance for a double overtime. Our kids didn’t give up. Our kids kept fighting, and I am proud of them for that.”
Blythe Williams led the Jaguars with 12 points, while Dani Wallace scored nine, Jasmine Bailey had eight, and Emma Arnold scored six.
On Tuesday, Jan. 10, the (24-1, 5-0) Glen Rose Lady Tigers entered as the second-ranked team in the TABC 4A poll, while Heritage opened at No. 20.
Behind Ally Andress' game-high 26 points, the Lady Tigers ran out to a 26-14 halftime lead and cruised home to a 45-24 win.
Williams led the way in the scoring department for the Jaguars with 12 points. Jasmine Bailey scored four, Rachael Gray had three, both Lexi Kennedy and Dani Wallace added two points, and Saige Klor scored one.
The loss dropped the Jaguars to 21-5 on the season and 3-2 in District 8-4A.
Heritage returns home Friday, Jan. 12 to host Venus at 6:15 p.m.
Mike Sackett/Mirror contributed to this report.