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January 29, 2013

MWHS hardwood squads host Diamond Hill

MINERAL WELLS — By TONY EIERDAM

For the first time since the second game of the boys’ District 6-3A schedule and the fourth district game on the girls’ side, both Mineral Wells High School basketball teams will come into their respective league contests with winning 6-3A records.

Both teams are coming off convincing wins Friday at Lake Worth. The Lady Rams smothered the Lady Frogs, 78-12 to run their district mark to 5-2, while the Rams came back to hand the Bullfrogs a 68-54 defeat to raise their 6-3A record to 3-2.

Both teams host Fort Worth Diamond Hill today at the MWHS gym. The girls’ game will tip off at 6:30 p.m., while the boys’ contest is scheduled for 8 p.m.

Perhaps the biggest obstacle both Lady Rams head coach Ed Shelstead and Rams head coach Aaron Pappas have to face is making sure their teams do not look ahead at the schedule.

Both teams will host rival Springtown on Friday in key contests that will shape the upper-half of the district standings. Also, both will be seeking revenge for losses to the Lady Porcupines and Porcupines in the first half of the district slate.

But the coaches will try and make sure that their teams are focused on Diamond Hill.

In their last meeting, the Lady Rams had little trouble in an 85-23 win over the Lady Eagles.

“We want to control the things we can control,” Shelstead said. “We can’t control anything but ourselves. I want the girls to out hustle, out rebound and outwork Diamond Hill like they did the last time we played them.

“I would also like us to reduce our turnovers as much as possible. Our goal is to have few turnovers, to get to every loose ball and to block out on every possession.

“That will be our focus, and it is not about who we are playing, it is about us. We have to continue to do the things that we can control and not worry about the things we can’t.”

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