Playing some center for Class 3A No. 2 Alexandria, Howell continues to show her versatility, even when giving up several inches to opponents.
On Thursday, Howell led all scorers with 22 points and eight rebounds as Alexandria defeated Delta 65-59. It seemed at times Alexandria was trying to lose the game, committing 15 turnovers in the first half alone. Delta capitalized on the mistakes, hanging around for most of the game and tying the score on five occassions. But in the clutch, Howell was able to convert three field goals and grab three key defensive boards to secure the win.
Friday brought the first tough test of the 2002-03 season. 2002 state runner-up and Class 2A No. 1 Shenandoah hosted Alexandria, in an early season cross-class power match. Alexandria, still plagued by turnovers, got both Jackie Closser and Jodi Howell into foul trouble. By early in the fourth quarter, both Closser and Howell each had four fouls. Neither would foul out, as Alexandria pulled away with 70-64 win. Jodi Howell had 36 points on 11-of-15 shooting form the field, 9-of-9 from the line, and 5-of-5 from the perimeter. She also has a game-high seven rebounds.
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