Thanks to a couple of wins, the Cleburne Lady Jackets are now in a position to make a run at the playoffs.

However, the next three games will be the toughest of the season.

On Tuesday, the Lady Jackets (14-14, 4-3) will look to keep their playoff hopes alive as they travel to Stephenville to face the District 6-4A leading Honeybees at 6:30 p.m.

Stephenville (21-9, 6-1) is coming off a 57-53 overtime victory over the Mineral Wells Lady Rams. Coupled with Joshua’s victory over Aledo, the Honeybees are now tied with the Ladycats for first place in the league, two games ahead of Cleburne.

Cleburne had an easier time Friday night, pounding Brewer into submission on the road, 55-35.

In the first meeting between Cleburne and Stephenville this season, the Honeybees worked out to a huge lead in the second half, only to have the Lady Jackets force overtime.

In the extra four-minute session, Stephenville’s Courtney Snow scored seven points to close out the Honeybees’ 58-50 victory.

In the win, the Honeybees got 14 points from Snow to lead the way. Tess Christian and Jana Gerstenberger each scored 12 points, with Christian’s three-pointer tying the game at 50-50 to send it into the overtime.

Trisha Tuck, Holly Feist, Jessica Cowan and Lindsay Bloemhof were also offensive threats for the Honeybees, with Cowan, Tuck and Bloemhof each netting six points.

The Honeybees are a balanced squad, meaning you can’t focus on just one player. At one time during the season, all seven of Stephenville’s key players have led the team in scoring.

On the other side of the coin, the Lady Jackets are led by junior Katie Tull.

Tull, last year’s Offensive Player of the Year in the district, is at it again this season, averaging around 17 points per game.

She has scored exactly 100 points in seven district games, averaging just a shade over 14 points per league contest.

Joining Tull in the starting lineup for Cleburne are sophomore Kyli Ginn, senior Janaye Richardson, senior Macoyia Malone and freshman Sara White.

Coming off the bench for Cleburne are the freshman trio of Carly Thresher, Rebecca Anderson and Secret Holmes, along with junior Haleigh Marchel.

Thresher is the second-leading scorer in district for the Lady Jackets, averaging 9.3 points per game as she has been in double figures in four of the seven league outings.

A win by the Lady Jackets would certainly put them in the playoff picture with a road game remaining at Aledo and a home contest next Tuesday against Mineral Wells.



Daniel Green can be reached at 817-645-2441, ext. 2334, or sports@trcle.com

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