VAN ALSTYNE — A slow first half was the Lady Panthers downfall against the Howe Lady Bulldogs, dropping the game, 52-43, in District 10-3A play on Friday, Feb. 2.

The Lady Panthers couldn’t get the ball rolling in the first quarter, only scraping together 5 points to start the game. Howe started the game off strong with a 14 point bombardment that saw the Lady Bulldogs take a comfortable lead early.

Van Alstyne put together a few more points in the second adding 9 points to the scoreboard. Howe repeated their first quarter performance, padding their lead with another 14 point frame. Peyton Streetman put up 5 points in the quarter for the Bulldogs, and Howe headed into halftime with an established 28-14 lead.

“We came out pretty slow to start the game, “ said Van Alstyne coach Tyler Dyer, “which you can’t do against a good team like that. We played with a lot more confidence in the second half, and we made a good run. We need to just start keeping that up for all four quarters. We just got to get to where we are playing with complete confidence and just keep getting better as we go.”

Van Alstyne picked things up in the third quarter, scoring 16 points, 7 of those points coming from the ever-consistent Meagan Thomas. Avery Duncan also helped the Lady Panthers efforts with two 3-pointers and 6 points in the quarter. Howe slowed only slightly with a 12 point quarter.

Howe finished the final frame with another 12 points while the Lady Panthers ended with a respectable 15 points. Despite their change of pace in the second half, the Lady Panthers couldn’t overcome their early deficit as the final buzzer sounded.

Streetman ended the game with 12 points for the Lady Bulldogs.

Thomas and Duncan finished up the night with 16 and 9 points, respectively, for the Lady Panthers.

The Bulldogs will hope to keep up their pace against Leonard on Friday, Feb. 9. Van Alstyne will try to turn things around against Leonard on Tuesday, Feb. 6.