MINERAL WELLS —
Although the Lady Rams led at different points of the first half, Ed Shelstead said he sensed early on that his team was not on.
“Sydney drew some early fouls, but was one for four from the free throw line,” Ed Shelstead said. “Niya (Benavides) was getting good looks but was rushing her shots. She wasn’t forcing shots, it just looked like she was rushing her release.
“It was just one of those nights. Like they say, ‘on any given night’ ... I don’t anticipate us being as inept offensively in the next game we play, we just clearly were not making shots (Tuesday).
“There were a lot of fouls and free throws, and there was no rhythm to the game.
“We have not really played a real meaningful game in awhile, and this was clearly a meaningful game, and I want to believe that we just had an off night.”
With Springtown leading 7-3, Benavides found the net from three-point range to cut the hosts’ lead to one point. Junior guard Bethany Allen drew a foul, and she connected on one of two free throws to tie the game.
After a Springtown turnover, freshman point guard Natalie Ragland swished a baseline jumper to give the Lady Rams a 9-7 lead.
Sydney Shelstead connected on five free throws in the second quarter, her fifth giving MWHS an 18-16 lead. Later in the period a pair of free throws by Benavides gave the Lady Rams a 22-21 lead. It would be the last lead the MWHS ladies would enjoy.
Springtown took the lead on a trey by Brooklyn Dauenhauer, but Ragland found junior post Ashlynn Robinson for a layup that tied the game at the break.
Early in the third quarter, Sydney Shelstead was charged with her fourth foul, and she remained on the bench for the rest of the period.
Paced by the inside play and four field goals from Springtown post Taylor Babcock, the Lady Porcupines outscored the Lady Rams 21-4 in the third quarter to take a 45-28 lead into the final period.