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Howe Girls March On, Remain Unbeaten

Leader Photo by Michelle Carney  Darci Foster (5)
Leader Photo by Michelle Carney Darci Foster (5)
Leader Photo by Michelle Carney  Riley Harvey shoots
Leader Photo by Michelle Carney Riley Harvey shoots
Leader Photo by Michelle Carney  Morgan Carney (12)
Leader Photo by Michelle Carney Morgan Carney (12)

Howe 66, Callisburg 26

No, that’s not a highway sign, just another impressive showing by the Lady Bulldog offense.

The Howe defense was not too shabby either, holding Callisburg to just seven second-half points.

Howe (9-8)(6-0) added to Callisburg’s district woes on Jan. 7 with a 66-26 win at Callisburg.

The loss keeps the Lady Wildcats at 0-6 in league play and sets up an important date for Howe as the Lady Bulldogs will host the 5-1 Bells Lady Panthers Friday.

Riley Harvey had her second consecutive double-double game, scoring 25 points and pulling down 15 rebounds to pace the Howe attack. Darci Foster tallied 12 points and three rebounds, while Alissa Smith added seven points in the Lady Bulldog win.

Howe 22 14 20 10 — 66

Callisburg 7 12 4 3 — 26

Howe: Riley Harvey 28, Darci Foster 12, Alissa Smith 7, Brooke Blum 4, Makenzie Duffee 4, Emily Sanders 4, Morgan Carney 2, Rachel White 2, Jessi Akins 2, Christina Counts 1.

Howe 58, Whitesboro 42

The Howe Lady Bulldogs remained unbeaten in district play following their 58-42 win over Whitesboro at Howe on Jan. 3.

Led by Riley Harvey’s 25-point, 10-rebound, four-steal night, the Lady Bulldogs bashed the Lady Bearcats 40-17 in the first half then coasted to their fifth District 11-2A win.

The sophomore wing had 15 points in the first half, a period which was highlighted by the dominating play of the Lady Bulldog defense.

Some defensive effort coming out of a third quarter timeout was noticeable, as well.

Whitesboro, trailing by 23 at the half, had come out with an impressive run to open the third period, outscoring the Lady Bulldogs 14-8.

Keyed by a pair of 3-pointers, the visitors had gained some momentum after their horrendous early start.

A 3-pointer by Kristen Phelps forced a Howe timeout, during which Lady Bulldog coach Derek Lands probably suggested that the team should remember how they got that early advantage.

On Whitesboro’s first shot attempt after the timeout, first Darci Foster then Alissa Smith blocked shots, and Smith made a nice save on a ball headed out-of-bounds, leading to an easy bucket to stop the Whitesboro run.

Smith had three steals in the second quarter, following the first with a 3-point shot that went off the glass. She finished with nine points and six rebounds.

Aurian James also added nine points, eight of those coming in the final four minutes of the second quarter to help key Howe’s 25-8 run in the period.

Foster and Smith each had a 3-pointer in the opening period, while everything else came from Harvey who was pretty much unstoppable by the Lady Bearcats.

If you just read the stats, Holly Hawkins’ line won’t jump out at you, but if you watch, her inside play will. Her two passes to Harvey in the first quarter, both from inside the paint, led to easy deuces. Hawkins also had a nice pass to Harvey on her final basket of the contest, early in the fourth quarter.

The Lady Bulldogs also got some valuable contributions from Morgan Carney, especially after Harvey picked up her fifth foul early in the fourth period.

Carney had 12 rebounds, most coming during that seven minute stretch, and helped hold off the Lady Bearcats final charge.

Whitesboro 9 8 14 11 — 42

Howe 15 25 9 9 — 58

H: Riley Harvey 25, Aurian James 9, Alissa Smith 9, Holly Hawkins 7, Darci Foster 5, Morgan Carney 3.

Sub-Varsity Notes: The Lady Bulldog JV held off a late charge by Whitesboro to keep its district record perfect with a 26-22 win. Caelen Powless had nine points, while Kayla Anderson added eight in the Lady Bulldog win.

District 11-2A Girls Basketball Standings

Howe 6-0

Bells 5-1

Pottsboro 4-2

Whitesboro 3-3

Whitewright 3-3

Tom Bean 2-4

S&S 1-5

Callisburg 0-6

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