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“It is awesome that Sydney can shoot the three and also post up, and Niya is also pretty darn good on the block. Niya has a nice turnaround jump shot.”
It is no secret that Kennedale, ranked No. 2 in Class 3A, is the District 6-3A favorite.
However, Shelstead expects his team and salty Springtown to give the Lady Kats a run for their money.
Kennedale is lead by guards Autumn Williams and McKinley Bostad. Both, Shelstead said, are solid Division I college prospects.
“McKinley has played with Sydney in summer ball the last two years, and she is a special player,” Shelstead said. “Autumn also played with Sydney one summer, and both Autumn and McKinley are very special athletes, two Division I guards.
“Autumn has got D-I athleticism, and McKinley has a great all-around game. Kennedale, no question, is the team to beat. But I also think Springtown is going to be dangerous. Springtown is physical, aggressive, and they are going to give us a fight.
“I think Kennedale should be considered the favorite, and then you have us and Springtown. Out of those three, I think Kennedale has the clear advantage right now.
“They have experience and the athletes, have been there before, so it will be up to us and Springtown to knock them off.
“It will be a dogfight for first, second and third in our district. I hope we are ready for it.
“If we can stay focused on who we are, execute what we do well and not worry about Springtown and Kennedale, we will have a shot. But we will have to play well.”
But first the Lady Rams will deal with Castleberry today before returning home on Tuesday to play Lake Worth.
Now the games count.