Howe 68, Farmersville 65
The Howe Bulldogs picked up their first District 10-3A win of the season with a clutch road performance in Farmersville Tuesday night, beating the Farmers 68-65.
Junior post Ty Harvey had 30 points, 11 of those coming early in the fourth quarter when Howe broke open a 48-46 game. Harvey’s run gave the Bulldogs a 59-49 lead and a three-point play by sophomore Elijah Campbell, and two free throws by senior Brandon Wall secured the win.
Farmersville got off to a roaring start in the contest, knocking down six 3-pointers in the first period to take a 22-15 lead.
Campbell, who finished with 15 points in the game, scored the first five points for Howe. He dished an assist off to Wall before Harvey scored a pair of baskets to keep the visitors in the game. A basket by senior Seth Seibold, and two free throws by Campbell finished out the first quarter scoring.
After dialing long distance in the opening frame, Farmersville turned to its inside game in the second quarter. Six consecutive baskets from the paint staked the Farmers to a 34-21 lead midway through the second period.
Campbell scored on a drive down the lane before Harvey added a three-point play, sending in the bonus free throw after a make. Junior Tyler Hawkins had a couple of key plays late in the quarter, dishing a pass to Harvey on his basket, then saving a ball with an assist on a basket by senior Brent Masters. Master’s basket cut the Farmersville lead to just three at the halftime break.
It was a seesaw battle throughout the third period with three ties and five lead changes in the period. Masters scored the first five points for Howe, and his 3-pointer tied the game at 34-34. Masters added a basket to give Howe its first lead of the game 36-35.
After a Wall basket and two free throws by Harvey, Hawkins scored at the end of the third, giving the Bulldogs a 48-46 lead.
Harvey’s run opened the final frame, and the junior was unstoppable in the early minutes of the quarter.
Every run the Farmers made in the closing minutes of the game was answered by the Bulldogs.
Harvey rebounded a Campbell miss from the free-throw line and put back the rebound to keep the Howe lead at eight. With two minutes left, Campbell scored on a drive down the baseline and was fouled on the basket. His added free throw made it a 64-57 game.
The Bulldogs made 4-of-6 from the charity stripe over the closing minutes to keep the lead.
A last 3-pointer by Farmersville made it close, but the Bulldogs get the hard-earned win.
Howe will host Van Alstyne Friday night.