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January 10, 2014

Rams open 6-3A play today at home

First-place Lady Rams bring 2-0 mark into today’s game against Diamond Hill

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“Everyone stayed with their guy. Bridgeport has three or four guys who shoot the three well, and we had to play that old, almost Little Dribblers man-to-man defense where you stay with your man with not a lot of help.

“Our last win against Bridgeport was a confidence builder heading into district play.

“It is always nice get a win heading into district.”

The Lady Rams are coming into the contest with an undefeated record, 2-0, in 6-3A play. They will take on an 0-2 Lady Eagles’ quad.

Head coach Leslie Holman said she has enjoyed the aggressiveness the team has displayed on offense.

“I like the way our girls are looking to drive to the basket to score,” she said. “We have done that well in our first two district games and will need to continue that (today).”

Pappas feels state-ranked No. 2 Kennedale, last year’s district champion, should be considered the front runner this season.

“Our district is going to be challenging with the likes of Kennedale,” he said. “They are 18-0 going into district play, and are the No. 2 team in (Class 3A) right now.

“They have to be the favorite to win the district.

“After Kennedale, it is a toss-up for second, third and fourth place in the district.”

Pappas said his team will have to stay focused in each and every district game and can’t count any game as “a sure win.”

“We are going to have to play well the next 10 games to secure a playoff spot,” Pappas said. “We cannot afford to take any team in the district for granted.

“I think last year we learned that the hard way when we traveled to Diamond Hill and trailed at halftime by 13 points.

“Diamond Hill is a very scrappy team and  if they are hitting their shots can be very tough to beat.

“Luckily, we are playing at home and hopefully our crowd will get us energized from the opening tip.

“Our players are ready and willing to do whatever it takes to earn a trip back to the playoffs, and it starts (today)against Diamond Hill.”

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