The schedule maker for the Gunter Spring basketball league didn’t do us any favors on May 20 as Van Alstyne and Howe played at the same times but in different gyms.
We started at the high school gym where the Howe Lady Bulldogs played the Lady Tigers of Gunter. A lot of the end-of-year festivities gave the Lady Bulldogs a short roster for their game as the Ag Banquet took away Riley Harvey and Brooke Blum. Alissa Smith, Darci Foster, Holly Hawkins, Kendall Nelms, Kamryn Fulenchek,Kalynn Powless, Jalynn Mosse, Bailey Tyler and Tiffany Lallier were available for this night.
A 3-pointer by Smith and Foster’s drive and score kept Howe in the game early, and at the end of one the Lady Bulldogs were on top 7-4.
The next two periods belonged to the Lady Tigers as they got hot from the perimeter.
A Fulenchek pass to Smith led to an easy basket, but they were sparse as Gunter outgunned the visitors by a bunch. Smith and Foster sent in 3-pointers to answer the Gunter attack but the Lady Tigers were too deep on the bench and they probably got the "win."
Bailey Tyler stopped the bleeding a bit in the fourth quarter, knocking down a catch-and-shoot bucket from just inside the arc.
Play will continue for the Lady Bulldogs until the end of May.
Down at the old elementary school gym, Van Alstyne faced off against Leonard in its second game of the night.
This game, too, was close through the first quarter as Molly Mayes and Ashely Burts combinded for the first two Van Alstyne baskets. Mayes scored on a feed from Burts and on the next possession, the roles were reversed as Mayes found Burts driving the lane and fed her for the easy bucket.
Leonard sent in three consecutive 3-pointers to start the second period and they almost pitched a shutout in a 19-2 period. A bucket by Allison Hensley with 4:50 left in the quarter was the Lady Panthers’ only score.
In the third quarter, Mayes scored on a nice post move and Raigan Servati dropped a nice pass to Madison Reno to cap a fast-break basket for the Lady Panthers.
The Lady Panthers also return to action next week as play in the Gunter League continues until the end of the month.