MINERAL WELLS —
By TONY EIERDAM
The District 6-3A-leading and state-ranked Kennedale Ladycats and Wildcats come to Mineral Wells today to face the Lady Rams and Rams at the MWHS gym.
The No. 7 Ladycats and lady Rams will square off at 6:30 p.m., and in the night cap at approximately 8 p.m., the No. 3 Wildcats will take on the Rams.
The Ladycats (19-6) are led by McKinley Bostad, who averages 16 points per game, is 51 of 134 from three-point range and averages nearly four assists per contest. Bostad also averages four rebounds per game.
Another Ladycat leader is Autumn Williams, averaging almost 20 points per contest, and is averaging 3.3 assists per game and an astounding 5.7 steals per game.
Another key player, Travanti Downes, leads the team in rebounds with an average of 4.8 per game while also averaging 13 points per contest. Kennedale’s leader on the boards is junior post Nikki Watson, who pulls down 7.2 rebounds per game. Also, post Sadie Fleschner is averaging six boards per contest.
Lady Rams head coach Ed Shelstead has coached Williams and Bostad in summer select basketball, where his daughter, Lady Rams’ leading scorer Sydney Shelstead, was also on that team.
“Kennedale is very strong and has an awful lot of talent,” Ed Shelstead said. “If we can rebound and keep our turnovers down we will have a chance.
“But make no mistake, they are loaded. They have two Division I players in Bostad and Williams. Kennedale will make us do things we don’t want to do, and again, the key will be to keep our turnovers down and rebound the basketball.”
In a loss to Springtown on Tuesday, Ed Shelstead felt the team let Springtown set the pace of the game to its advantage. The coach would like to see the Lady Rams play at a pace that allows them success.