Both the Van Alstyne and Howe girls basketball teams are competing in the Gunter Spring Basketball league. Both were in action as the scene switched to Howe on May 13.
In this league the teams play eight minute quarters with a running clock, and scores are wiped off the board after each period.
Van Alstyne started its night in a game with Whitesboro, and the Lady Panthers "won" every quarter after an 8-8 tie in the first. Van Alstyne went on extended runs of 10-2 and 14-0 over the final two periods with Andrea Espitia banking in a pair of 3-pointers in the third quarter.
Allison Hensley scored a couple of baskets in the final frame and the team looked good in its second week of action in the league.
The Lady Panthers had 11 players available for duty in Howe as Madison Reno, Emma Moreno, Sadie Ingram, Maddie Horn, Ashley Hammonds, Ashley Burts, Raigan Servati, Bailey Allen and Molly Mayes join Espitia and Hensley in the action.
The Howe Lady Bulldogs provided the opposition in Van Alstyne’s second game and it was a back-and-forth affair.
The Lady Panthers outscored Howe 11-4 in the first eight minutes but Howe recovered to put a 14-2 number on the Lady Panthers in the final frame. The second and third quarters were about even as neither team could get an offensive flow going.
With Riley Harvey sitting out with an injury, Howe had Holly Hawkins, Darci Foster, Kendall Nelms, Brooke Blum, Alissa Smith, Emily Sanders, Tiffany Lallier, Jalynn Mosse, Kalynn Powless and Peyton Streetman available for the Van Alstyne game.
Kamryn Fulenchek replaced Streetman in Howe’s second game as the Lady Bulldogs faced Pottsboro in the night’s final action.
Howe coach Derek Lands was not feeling good about the game against the Lady Cardinals with Harvey out, but his team fared nicely in the nightcap. Foster and Sanders were doing a good job of guarding the Pottsboro guards and all four quarters were closely contested.
Van Alstyne and Howe will return to Gunter next week as play continues until the end of May.