The Lady Hawks (13-7, 1-3) had an opening on the schedule due to a cancellation by Mountain View Junior College, so HC Head Women's Basketball Coach Earl Diddle took advantage of Southwest Texas Junior College's visit to the area and set up a game with the Cowgirls.
“We had a chance to play since they were up here on the SWCID capus,” Diddle said. “It worked out well. They have a good team — they play other WJCAC teams as well — this late in the year, it's better than a practice and we were able to accomplish a lot of things.”
It was a non-conference outing for the Hawks, which they won handily, 66-37.
Howard took charge out of the gate, building a 15-2 lead by the midway point in the first half and never letting up.
Four Hawks scored in double digits. Marion Lemonnier had 14 points, while Anitria Flowers, Teiona Tarrant and Brittany Aikers each chipped in 11 during the rout, while Destinee Thrash added nine.
It was a welcome win for Diddle and his squad, who have struggled since opening Western Junior College Athletic Conference play.
“We've lost some heartbreakers,” Diddle said. “We've given three games away. We're hanging in there, but obviously we have to come up with a better performance in certain areas. We have a lot of kids who have never played in the WJCAC conference before. It's new to them.”
Diddle took the opportunity in a low-pressure game to work on some aspects of play he believes could be elevated.
“We were trying to get a little better,” Diddle added. “We needed to work on the fundamentals of passing, not turning the ball over, blocking out — the little things.”
The Hawks held a 24-point advantage before a solid second half dashed any hopes of a rally from the Cowgirls.
Both the men and women will be on the road today, resuming conference action against Odessa College. The ladies are slated to play at 5:45 p.m., with tip off set for the men at 7:45 p.m.