The Howe Lady Bulldogs will go into Friday night’s District 11-2A match at Tom Bean just one game out of the fourth playoff spot.

Howe is 4-6 after last Tuesday’s win over S&S, while Whitewright has a 5-5 mark.

Riley Harvey had 11 kills and 12 digs, Morgan Carney added seven kills and Hailey DeFrange added six kills in Howe’s 3-0 sweep of the Lady Rams. Aurian James contributed 21 assists in the match.

The Lady Bulldogs trailed throughout most of the early going in the opening set, 10-5 at one point, before rallying to knot the set at 16-16.

An ace by Carney gave Howe its first lead at 17-16 and two S&S errors helped fuel a 5-0 run.

DeFrange had two kills to bump the lead to 23-19, and after James pushed in a winner, DeFrange closed out the set with a cross-court shot for another winner.

The two teams battled evenly throughout most of the second set. Howe got a kill from Harvey after back line saves by Christina Counts and James. A kill by Carney tied the set at 9-9.

The visitors went on a 4-0 run, but three kills by Harvey and another by DeFrange cut the lead to one. A winner by Harvey tied the set at 24-all before an S&S miscue and an ace by Carney gave Howe the 26-24 win.

That second set pretty much took everything out of the Lady Rams.

A Tori Abner ace and a block by Kayla Anderson keyed the Howe offense in the third set, and a spike by DeFrange forced an S&S timeout. Harvey sent in a pair of winners, getting the Howe lead to 20-7 before the Lady Rams made a comeback. S&S had the lead down to seven before two errors handed Howe the win.

Howe 3, Bells 0

The Lady Bulldogs earned a season split with Bells, sweeping the Lady Panthers 3-0 on Oct. 11.

Hailey DeFrange and Riley Harvey each had six kills, Tiffany Lallier added five and Morgan Carney had four as Howe avenged an earlier loss the the district’s third place team.

Aurian James handed out 20 assists and had four kills to help the offense.