Howe Loses to Ponder, Whitesboro but Clinches Playoff Spot

Brian GossetStaff Writer

The Howe Bulldogs were looking to avenge early season losses to Ponder and Whitesboro, but were swept 84-68 at Ponder on Feb. 6 and 70-41 at home against Whitesboro Tuesday night.

Chase Harris and Brady Anderson had 27 and 25 points for Ponder while Michael Kehrer and Nick Wilson went for 26 and 19 points for Howe (19-10, 7-5). Ryan Schuessler had 20 points, 11 boards and 10 assists for Whitesboro while Griffin Underwood led Howe with 16 points.

The Bulldogs, however, clinched their third straight playoff appearance thanks to a Pilot Point loss which puts Howe three games up with just two games left. Howe drops into a tie for fourth with Pottsboro, both of whom protected its home court during the season series. The Bulldogs play host to Pilot Point Friday and finish up at Gunter on Tuesday. Pottsboro plays against Callisburg and Whitesboro to end its season. If both teams finish with identical district records, it could likely come down to a tiebreaker game to determine who will be third and who will be fourth.

Howe 12 22 14 20 – 68

Ponder 19 25 22 18 – 84

Howe: Kehrer 26, Wilson 19, Levi Mrozinki 12, Underwood 4, Quinton Harris 3, Tyler Grisham 3, Sam Akins 1

Whitesboro 19 11 20 20 – 70

Howe 6 10 8 17 – 41

Howe: Underwood 16, Kehrer 9, Mrozinski 8, Easton Ross 4, Akins 4

District 10-3A Standings (Top Four)

Whitesboro 11-1*

Ponder 11-1*

Howe 7-5*

Pottsboro 7-5*

*Clinched

Friday’s Schedule (visitor vs home)

Gunter vs Whitesboro

Pilot Point vs Howe

Pottsboro vs Callisburg

Ponder vs S&S

Tuesday’s Season Finales (visitor vs home)

Howe vs Gunter

Whitesboro vs Pottsboro

Callisburg vs Ponder

S&S vs Pilot Point