A tall and talented team from Denton's newest high school, the Braswell Lady Bengals, gave Howe a tough go in the final non-district match of the season on Tuesday night in Howe.
Howe (7-18) got off to a good start in the opening set as Megan Davies sent in a pair of kills and Mati Abner delivered one, as well. The opener was tied four times in the first eight points. Emily Sanders and Dreanna McAdams were matching the Denton offense, but the Class 5A team took over and solidified a 25-14 victory in the first set.
After a 9-9 tie in the second, Braswell went on an extended run and came away with a 25-15 win in the set.
Sanders sent in a pair of aces to open the third set, but that was about it for the Lady Bulldogs early. Davies made a nice save on a point and a Sanders' kill highlighted the offense for Howe.
The visitors built up a 20-9 lead before Sanders took over at the service line. A 6-0 run gave Howe some hope, but the Lady Bengals closed out the match with a 25-15 win.
Howe has a bye on Sept. 9 and host Commerce on Sept. 13 as District 10-3A play begins.