MINERAL WELLS —
By TONY EIERDAM
SPRINGTOWN – Springtown took advantage of Mineral Wells foul trouble and went on a 21-2 run in the third quarter as the Lady Porcupines defeated the Lady Rams, 60-44, here Tuesday night in a key District 6-3A contest.
The Lady Rams were down by just four points when senior Sydney Shelstead – the Lady Rams’ leading scorer and rebounder – collected her fourth foul.
While the post was on the bench Springtown went on its 21-2 run to take what turned out to be an insurmountable 45-26 lead.
With Sydney Shelstead on the bench, and with sister Kennedy also in foul trouble, the Lady Rams scored just four points in the third period. The game had been tied at the half.
“When Sydney got her fourth foul that was significant,” Lady Rams head coach Ed Shelstead said. “The officials did fine, given the circumstances that it was a physical game from the start.
“I always tell the kids that you probably will get two fouls you don’t deserve, but make sure you don’t get the two that you deserve.
“Sydney, in my opinion, got two fouls she did deserve, but out of five ... but that’s basketball.”
The coach also pointed out that Springtown made the Lady Rams play their style of game, instead of the other way around.
“As physical as this game was, it benefitted Springtown to turn it into that kind of contest,” Ed Shelstead said. “They knew we have a couple of influential players, and if they get in foul trouble we are down a couple of bullets in our gun.
“We have to learn to adjust to the style of the game. Of all the teams we have played this year, Springtown, by far, was the most physical.
“They turned it into a physical game and we got in foul trouble, and that put us out of rhythm. But we need to come out and dictate the style. We did this to ourselves. The next time we play them it will be completely different.”