Stuart got 20 points from Grady Brewer and 19 from Lawrence.
The Hornets were 2012-13 were without starting guards Sam Mitchell and Kaleb Wilson and suited up six fewer players than the Cowboys.
Stuart coach Darrick Farriell said he’s hoping this year’s Hornets reach the Class A state tournament, having lost last year at Area. Wilson, out for undisclosed reasons, could return as early as Friday, Farriell said, while Mitchell should be back from arm surgery around Christmas.
“We’ll have 30-plus points coming back later that we didn’t have tonight, and this group of kids stepped up, showed a lot of heart,” Farriell said.
With the win, the Cowboys opened their season 1-0. The Hornets fell to 1-1.
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