The Howe Bulldogs notched their first road win of the District 11-2A season on Jan. 14 with a 58-55 victory at Pottsboro.
Howe (5-13)(3-3), trailing at the half 31-27, made a second period comeback to get the win and move into a fourth place tie with the Cardinals.
Senior post Brice Harvey had 24 points and eight rebounds and Michael Kehrer added 13 points. Guard Easton Ross chipped in 12 points and four steals.
Howe 16 11 16 15 — 58
Pottsboro 15 16 13 11 — 55
Howe: Brice Harvey 24, Michael Kehrer 13, Easton Ross 12, Griffin Underwood 4, Levi Mrozinski 3, Nick Wilson 2.
Howe 70, Bells 51
The Howe Bulldogs stopped a three-game slide in District 11-2A basketball with a 70-51 win over the Bells Panthers in Howe on Jan. 10.
A 22-11 run by Howe in the first quarter put the Panthers in a deep hole and they were not able to dig out, suffering their fifth straight league loss.
Michael Kehrer had his best scoring night of the season, racking up 25 points, making 12-of-18 shots from the field. Kehrer scored the final eight points of the contest to help hold off a late Bells rally.
Senior Brice Harvey had 15 points, 15 rebounds and six steals in the Bulldogs’ second district win.
Harvey got the Bulldog scoring started, dropping in a short jumper after Wade Stanley had connected on a 3-pointer for Bells. Kehrer gave Howe a lead they never surrendered, sending in a 3-pointer from the corner and the Bulldogs were off and running.
Two more Kehrer buckets forced a Bells timeout, but there was no coaching wisdom that could stop the Howe offense.
Two late field goals by Levi Mrozinski and a steal and lay-up by Lloyd Spotts put Howe up by 11 at the end of the first quarter.
Harvey rebounded his own miss mid-way through the second period and scored, stuffing his stat sheet for the night. Mrozinski made a nice feed to Kehrer on a back-door cut that pushed the Howe lead to 14.
A basket by Nick Wilson closed out the half with Howe on top, 39-22.
Bells went on a mini-run in the third quarter, getting the lead down to nine before a 3-pointer by Mrozinski stopped the surge. Baskets by Harvey and Wilson closed out the third period with Howe up 53-42.
With senior John Jacob Talley getting limited minutes due to a nagging foot injury and lingering flu symptoms, the Bulldogs needed someone to step up. Kehrer filled the bill, both with his offensive performance and some clutch plays on the defensive end as well.
With just over three minutes left to play and after Easton Ross had dropped in a deuce and Griffin Underwood made two from the free-throw line, everything else was Kehrer’s. The sophomore sliced and diced through the Panther defense to score those final eight points in the Howe victory.
Howe hopes to extend its win streak Tuesday as the Bulldogs travel to Pottsboro.
Sub-Varsity Notes: The Bulldog junior varsity team broke open a close game in the fourth quarter to notch a 36-28 win over the Bells JV.
Sam Akins led the way with nine points and Tyler Gresham had eight.
Bells 11 11 20 9 — 51
Howe 22 17 14 17 — 70
Howe: Michael Kehrer 25, Brice Harvey 15, Levi Mrozinski 12, Griffin Underwood 6, Nick Wilson 6, Easton Ross 4, Lloyd Spotts 2.
District 11-2A Standings
Tom Bean 4-2