MINERAL WELLS —
“Starting the second half of district I am hopeful, and I think we will be a tough out for anybody.”
The Rams will be playing in their fourth district game and are looking to get back to .500 after losing their past two 6-3A games. The Rams began the district slate with a win at Diamond Hill.
Rams head coach Aaron Pappas said Castleberry, who has the leading scorer in the district in Marcellys Lewis (23 points per game in district), can put points on the board.
Castleberry will bring in an identical 1-2 league mark into the game.
“Castleberry has three guys who can score,” Pappas said. “They have the leading scorer in the district, and we are going to have to play them man to man defensively.
“They like to shoot the three-pointer, and we will have to change up our defensive scheme and go man on them.”
Last year in two wins over the Lions, the Rams had a size advantage. Post Ricky Scott enjoyed two solid offensive outings against Castleberry last year, including a 20-point effort.
Pappas said the Rams will have the size advantage against the Lions again this year.
“Ricky had big games against them last year, and we are hoping for the same (today),” Pappas said. “We will try to pound the ball down inside like we did (in the Rams’ win) against Diamond Hill.
“We look for Ricky, A.J. (Williams) and Jacoby (Prestwood) to have big games.
“Castleberry, like everyone else, will try to stop Ricky because they know he is our leading scorer. But we will need for him to score for us (today).”