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January 14, 2014

MWHS hoops team host rival Springtown

First-place Lady Rams bring 3-0 6-3A mark into contest; Rams look to go 2-0 in league play

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Holman said a big key for the Lady Rams is playing Springtown at home.

“I am glad we get them at our place first,” she said. “Our crowd will be into it, and the girls will be ready.”

The Rams and Springtown went through “four wars” last year as the team’s split the contests. The Rams won a tournament game over

Springtown, the teams split a pair of district games but the Porcupines won a second-place tiebreaker game.

Rams head coach Aaron Pappas said he feels the rivalry will keep growing this season. He said Springtown may have an advantage down low.

“They have a big post kid inside, so we have to do a good job with our interior defense,”Rams head coach Aaron Pappas said.”They have a guard who can really score in (Caleb) Brown, and we have to lock down on him.

“But really, if we will just play good, solid man defense, push the ball on offense and limit mistakes we will give ourselves the best chance to win.

“I feel Springtown is our biggest competition for that second-place slot in district, and that is the slot we are looking for.

“Our games with Springtown have turned into an intense rivalry, we split four games last year but they won the big one.

We both lost a lot of size from last year, so this year our games against them will have a different feel.

“We are more up tempo,and I think they try to be more up tempo, and I think it will be a fun game to watch.

“I am just glad we play them first at our place. The home-court advantage might help us.”

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