Lampasas finally has something to build on.
For 12 years, the Badgers were chasing the playoffs, coming up one game shy in each of the previous two seasons.
This year, however, the streak came to an end as Lampasas earned its first postseason trip since 2001, but the experience was short-lived as Stephenville beat the Badgers 66-40 in the opening round of the Class 3A playoffs Tuesday at Hamilton High School.
Although the abrupt end to the season was disappointing, Lampasas head coach Rob Shivers believes the defeat will be a building block for the program’s future.
“Just to make the playoffs is one of those psychological boundaries,” he said. “They got over the hump, they got in and have experienced a playoff game now. Not only is it good for the community to have some success, but it is important for our program and all the kids coming up. It creates a good energy.”
The Badgers kept things close in the opening quarter and trailed 15-11 heading into the second period, but suffered through a scoring slump and the game began to slip away.
Lampasas scored all six of its second-quarter points at the free-throw line and Stephenville capitalized on the opportunity, extending its lead to 13 points, 30-17, at halftime.
“It was a possession game, and then we had four or five straight turnovers and fell down by double digits,” Shivers said.
“At the end of the second quarter and the middle of the third quarter, Stephenville just kept making shots.”
The Yellow Jackets made 10 3-pointers in the victory, including three in the third quarter.
Lampasas seniors Shonderius Howard and Gary Spencer scored 15 and 12 points, respectively, to lead the Badgers in defeat.
“We played hard and competed, but it has just been a struggle for us all year to score against good teams,” Shivers said.
“This was the same case.”
With the loss, the Badgers end their season 12-19 overall, but Shivers believes they accomplished much more than the record indicates.
“This was a big positive,” he said of the season. “We didn’t have the greatest season, but I thought we came together as a team.”