Howe 69, Farmersville 27

All season long Howe coach Derek Lands has been rotating his starting five with what he calls his second bunch, promising them a start at some point in the season. He picked the Lady Bulldogs’ Tuesday night game in Farmersville for that opportunity.

They, and every player on his extended roster, performed well as Howe outscored the Lady Farmers, 69-27 for its seventh District 10-3A win of the season. The Lady Bulldogs took 13 players to the varsity game and 11 got in the scorebook.

Sophomore guard Callie Vick had a season-high, 15 points in the contest, scoring the first basket of the game by banking in a shot from just outside the free-throw line. She made a pair of free throws to end the contest, fouled when the Lady Bulldogs were trying to run down the clock.

Junior Peyton Streetman added 14 points and senior Landry Rhoten had 13 in the blowout win. Junior Payton Griffin joined the double-digit scoring with a season-high 10-point effort. Vick scored six of the Lady Bulldogs’ first eight points, putting back an offensive rebound that gave Howe an 8-7 lead.

The first unit came in and went on an 11-0 run, getting 3-pointers from Rhoten and Streetman to close out the first quarter.

Howe outscored the Lady Farmers, 24-3 in the second period to pretty much lock up the win. Griffin scored off of an in-bounds play to open the quarter and a 3-pointer by Vick kept the offense cooking. Streetman had six points in the quarter, two coming as she scooped in a basket after a baseline drive. Freshman Cassidy Anderson put back a rebound to extend the Howe lead. Rhoten made 6-of-6 from the free-throw line as Howe took a 44-12 lead to the halftime break.

The “second bunch” got to start the third quarter and, as could be expected after that incendiary start, things cooled in the second half.

A basket by senior Kayla Anderson and two by freshman Ally Harvey were the highlights of the period as Howe bumped its lead to 55-17. A Kamryn Fulenchek basket and a late field goal by Griffin, taking a feed from Molly Wilson, constituted the scoring from the field for Howe in the fourth quarter. The Lady Bulldogs made 8-of-10 free throw attempts in the quarter, Rhoten added two more, giving her eight consecutive makes after a first quarter miss.

The Lady Bulldogs will host Van Alstyne Friday night with playoff seeding on the line in the final regular season game for Howe.