MINERAL WELLS —
As hard is it may be to do, Shelstead does not want his team to be looking ahead at Friday’s home game against Springtown and the district-ending game on Feb. 5 at Kennedale.
“The Springtown game is a big game and there are no two ways about it,” Shelstead said. “We would like to beat Springtown and Kennedale, but our focus now is on how we will play and get better (today) against Diamond Hill.”
Rams head coach Aaron Pappas, who saw his team trail 11-0 on Friday in a win at Lake Worth, wants his team to be the team that jumps out to a big lead today.
The Rams defeated the Eagles, 64-43, in the boys’ district opener at Diamond Hill, but the Rams did not take the lead until the fourth quarter.
“I am not exactly sure how we will start the game, but we might use a different lineup and press them from the opening tip to try and get some early momentum,” Pappas said. “We want to start out better than we did the last time we played them.
“Our pressure hurt them the last time we played them.
“We full-court pressed them and they turned the ball over, and as a result we got layups. We also killed them on the boards. I think we had 50 rebounds to their 30.
“They are not very big, so we must out-rebound them.
“We have to be more physical than them in the paint, and that is what it will take to beat them.”
Although the atmosphere in the MWHS gym this coming Friday may be electric – MWHS officials are anticipating the largest student turnout of the year and a big turnout from the pubic – the MWHS hoops team cannot afford to look past the upset-minded Diamond Hill basketball squads.