MINERAL WELLS —
By TONY EIERDAM
Starting District 6-3A play with eye-popping offensive totals, the Mineral Wells Lady Rams are beginning to make a habit out of pouring on points to league opponents who enjoyed victory over last year’s squad.
The Lady Rams had three players score at least 20 points as they crushed Lake Worth, 92-9, to raise their record to 18-5 overall and 2-0 in district play.
MWHS could have easily scored more than 100 points on the Lady Frogs, but coaches decided to “run” the clock for the entire fourth quarter.
Senior post Sydney Shelstead led the Lady Rams with 28 points, while Niya Benavides and sophomore guard Pamela Hopkins each poured in 20.
The Lady Rams have now scored a combined 179 points in their first two district games.
Despite the blowout, Lady Rams head coach Ed Shelstead said the team got a lot out of the win.
“In a game like this, the girls get to feel good about what they are doing, Ed Shelstead said. “They get to enjoy each other, and they get to laugh and have fun.
“They are also reminded why they love to play this game. That’s what they got out of this game.”
The Lady Rams’ defense may have been more impressive than its offense, if that is possible.
MWHS came out with a pressure defense that created several early turnovers as MWHS led 34-2 after the first quarter.
In fact, Lake Worth did not score in the entire second half.
Shelstead applauded the defensive efforts of junior guards Bethany Allen and Courtney Peña, along with freshman point guard Natalie Ragland.
“Bethany, Natalie and Courtney work so hard, particularly on defense,” Shelstead said. “Courtney is a spark off the bench, and she is the fastest player on the court and an amazing athlete.
“BB (Allen) is a great athlete, and Natalie, for a freshman, has come so far, and we are clicking at the right time.”