MINERAL WELLS —
At the beginning of the year, Ed Shelstead took a chance by putting sophomore guard Hopkins on varsity. His move has been validated all season, but none more so than Tuesday when she scored a season-high 20 points.
“People who have been watching us closely have noticed Pamela is getting more minutes,” Shelstead said. “I went into the game knowing that she would be my first substitute off the bench.
“We ran a couple of plays for her and she knocked down some threes. I am so happy for her. (Her current play) is what I saw at the beginning of the year when I decided to put her on varsity.
“I had no question that she has this in her. She makes us better. We needed somebody to emerge and make us better, and I think she is doing that.”
But like in all Lady Rams’ games, the outstanding players on offense were Sydney Shelstead and Benavides, MWHS’ deadly one-two punch.
Shelstead came close to a quadruple double with 28 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, and five blocked shots. Benavides, enjoying freedom on the perimeter as teams double the 6-1 post and tweaked the twine with five three-pointers.
“I don’t care who are playing, when you are putting those kind of points up you are firing as a team,” Ed Shelstead said.
Benavides helped the Lady Rams jump out to an 18-0 lead with four three-pointers. Ragland also scored on a layup following a brilliant steal, and Sydney Shelstead added four points.
The lead increased to 25-0 thanks to a pair of free throws, a put back and a trey from Sydney Shelstead, the later bucket courtesy of a perfect kick-out pass from Peña.
Shelstead returned the favor and set up Peña for a layup, then muscled her way down the middle of the lane for a layup that extended the lead to 29-0.