WHITESBORO — Having already jumped to the top of the district standings, the Howe Lady Bulldogs put pressure on the rest of the teams in 11-2A. And with the trapping style of their defense, it might be tough to knock them out of that spot.
Morgan Scribner scored 10 of her 15 points in the second quarter after Howe had jumped to an 18-point lead following the first quarter of a 60-35 victory over Whitesboro in 11-2A action on Friday night.
The two teams had met less than a week ago in the consolation final of the Sherman Holiday Invitational and Howe (17-5, 5-0) came away with a 12-point victory. The Lady Bulldogs made sure that Whitesboro, which is winless in district action, wasn’t going to hang around time time.
Riley Harvey, who finished with 14 points, converted a pair of three-point plays as Howe raced out to a 10-0 lead. The Lady Bulldogs had an ensuing 10-0 run keyed by Katy Courtney that stretch the advantage to 20.
Howe’s pressure forced 30 Whitesboro turnovers and while the Lady Bulldogs finished with 16, 11 came in the second half when the outcome had been decided.
Scribner helped lead the way to a 40-20 halftime lead by scoring six points in the span of a 1:21 right before the break.
The Lady Bulldogs built on their advantage by holding Whitesboro to just one basket in the third quarter — a lay-up by Kristen McCanlies late in the frame. Howe had scored all its points in the quarter by that time, including a pair of shots by Baleigh Hudman, who finished with 13 points, and Harvey.
Ashley Cooper led Whitesboro with 11 points while McCanlies added seven points, Alexus Vanlandingham, Kristen Phelps and Kerigan McCanlies chipped in five points apiece.
Howe will look to close out the first half of district action with a perfect record this week and maintain its lead over Callisburg and Pottsboro, whose only defeats have come at the hands of the Lady Bulldogs.