Howell hopes to lead TV back to state tournament

Tygarts Valley’s standout point guard Shanda Howell hopes to end her high school career on a good note – advancing to the sectional finals and a trip to the state tournament.

“I think if we play hard and work hard, we just have to take one game at a time,” Howell said. “Our team goal this year is to make it to the state tournament in Charleston.”

Howell, who is a four-year player for the Lady Bulldogs, is having a senior year to remember, leading her team in scoring at 19.5 points per game and inspiring her squad to a 15-6 overall record and a 6-3 mark in the Potomac Valley Conference.

“My goal is to try and help my team the best I can and get us a victory,” Howell said.

“I think we really have been playing well as a team as of late and it’s showing.”

Howell, who is having a big senior season, did her senior project back on Feb. 6 during a home game with South Harrison. The “cancer awareness game” raised close to $1,500. The players wore pink uniforms and recognized cancer survivors before the game.

On the same night, Howell also became the seventh girl in school history to go over 1,000 points for her career.

“I was really excited about reaching that mark this season,” Howell said. “It was more exciting to reach it during a home game and during my senior project. I want to thank all my teammates for their help in reaching this mark.”

“It was great to see Shanda hit 1,000 points for her career,” Tygarts Valley coach Mike DiPasquale said. “She has worked hard during her career to reach the milestone. To do in front of a home crowd and during her senior project made it even more special.”

Howell, who signed a letter-of-intent to play at Davis & Elkins next season, is also averaging 5.4 rebounds per game, 3.7 steals and 3.6 assists per game this season.

“It will be nice to see Shanda staying close by next season,” DiPasquale said. “I think she will do well.”

“I’m ready to move on to next level,” Howell said. “I’m ready for the challenge and I still have a lot of work to do in the off-season to get ready for the college level, but I’m very excited.”

Howell also spends her off-season playing for two AAU teams: the West Virginia Breakers from Charleston and the Philippi Cyclones.

“I’ve been really fortunate to coach Shanda the last two seasons,” DiPasquale said. “She has been a big part of our team as well.”

Tygarts Valley will begin sectional tournament play Wednesday as they play the winner between South Harrison and Notre Dame 7:30 p.m. at Alderson-Broaddus College at Rex Pyles Arena.

The winner of this game will play the winner between Tucker, Harman or Union on Friday at 7 p.m. at Rex Pyles Arena.