By CRAIG HALL
HOWE—Stephen Helmandollar came up big for Howe in a big run in the third quarter that lifted the Lions to a 60-56 win over county rival Cameron here Friday night.
In the latter game, Howe’s girls upped their record to 15-1 with an easy 65-24 win over the Lady Jackets.
Howe’s boys made sure its earlier 61-57 loss to Cameron would be avenged by dominating the middle two quarters in a game matching two of the better small schools in the county.
The Lions used a 15-7 advantage in the second quarter to lead by six points at half time. Helmandollar scored Howe’s first six points of the third quarter and finished with eight in the period as the Lions increased their lead to 38-26.
After struggling in the fourth quarter of its home loss to Pocola Thursday, Cameron made a run in the fourth quarter, cutting the lead to five on several occasions.
But Helmandollar added five more points in the quarter while Daniel Barnhart and Nathan Hill each added six to help seal the win.
Ryan Carter led the Jackets’ surge in the final period by scoring 15 points, 13 in the final two minutes.
But while Cameron got its offense going in the final period, the Jackets could not slow down Howe enough to threaten the lead. The Lions’ Jared Brown and Hill frequently penetrated Cameron’s defense and dished off for easy baskets by Barnhart and Helmandollar.
Howe, now 12-5, was led by Helmandollar’s 21 points. Barnhart added 16 and Brown had 11 for the Lions. Carter led Cameron, now 11-4, with 25 points.
Since it was Howe’s homecoming, the girls played last and completed a sweep with the win to improve to 15-1 overall.
Despite limited play, Megan Brown led Howe with 17 points while Abigail McGarrah added 13. Tasha Janway had nine points for Cameron.