By TONY EIERDAM
For Mineral Wells head girls basketball coach Ed Shelstead, it will once again be “pick your poison” time when his Lady Rams face district-champion Kennedale in the girls’ District 6-3A finale today at Kennedale.
The state-ranked No. 3 Ladycats have averaged 83 points a game in district play. The Lady Rams held Kennedale to its lowest district output in a 67-50 win in Mineral Wells on Jan. 18.
In the last meeting, Shelstead had to decide how to defend Kennedale superstars Autumn Williams and McKinley Bostad, two players Shelstead said are “Division I college-type” players.
Bostad has averaged 18 points per game in eight of nine district games. The Lady Rams held her to a district-low eight points in the lone meeting between the two teams.
In the last meeting, Shelstead chose to take Bostad out of the game – and she was not a factor at all – but that opened it up for Williams, who scored a game-high 23 points and dominated with baseline drives.
But Kennedale’s defense also caused havoc by forcing MWHS to turn the ball over.
Shelstead did not want to give away what his plan will be specifically today, but he did admit some strategy will have to change.
“We have got to figure out how to slow the game down,” Shelstead said. “Against a team like Kennedale, the last time we played them we went six deep, and as a result we got tired.
“We have some stuff we have been working on for them. We have to rotate towards the ball and shorten our passing lanes so they can’t get easy steals.
“I would rather get a 10-count, a five-count, step out of bounds, a travel or a double dribble rather than throw the ball away to them that results in an easy layup.
“We had 36 turnovers the last time we played them, and we have to cut that in half to have a chance to win.”
Whether the Lady Rams win or lose they have already secured third place and will be District 6-3A’s third seed in the playoffs, which begin next week.
Rams head coach Aaron Pappas hopes his team can ride momentum gained in a big win Friday against Springtown. The last time the Rams faced first-place Kennedale, the state-ranked No. 3 Wildcats had their way in a 94-49 win.
“We are going to try and change up our scheme against Kennedale,” Pappas said. “We may play more man on them just because they hit so many threes on us the last time we played them.
“But you are kind of ‘danged if you do; danged if you don’t’ when you play them.
“If you play them man-to-man they carve you up, and if you play in a zone they can threes.
“We are going to change up the scheme and try something different and see if it will work.
“I think we will be better prepared for this game, and I could be wrong, but I feel the kids are starting to jell a little bit, and they gained a lot of confidence beating Springtown on Friday.
“We are figuring out what it takes to win, so hopefully we can continue that at Kennedale.”
After today’s game, the Rams will have two district games remaining – at Castleberry on Friday, and at home in the district finale a week from today against Lake Worth.
MWHS hoops teams travel to Kennedale today to face first-place Ladycats, ‘Cats
By TONY EIERDAM
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FWIW: Good, clean hate – Ranking the area's best rivalry games of the 2014 football season
By CLINT FOSTER
Football season is fast approaching and with it those glorious games between teams that love to hate each other, which we call rivalries.
I'm speaking, of course, about sports hate – the only beautiful kind. It's the stuff built on history and tradition that inspires simply the fiercest and most entertaining games of every season.
Palo Pinto County and the surrounding area have no shortage of fierce football rivalries.
The University Interscholastic League's realignment often causes new rivalries to be born and old ones to be rekindled. But which rivalries are the area's very best for 2014? The one's you circle your calendar for and make sure you don't miss.
I can think of at least 10.
So, for what it's worth, here's my list of the area's best, can't-miss football rivalries of the upcoming 2014 season.
Local Bowlers Roundup set for first weekend of August
Mineral Wells Women's Bowling Alliance invites you to join them Aug. 3 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Mountaineer Lanes for their second annual Bowlers Roundup. The event will feature snacks, tips from the pros, information on league bowling and two hours of great exercise.
Something in the water
Mineral Wells is well known as the home of Crazy Water, and by all accounts the city's swim team went absolutely berserk in their one and only home meet of the summer on Saturday.
Throughout the summer, the Mineral Wells Rams have been hard at work preparing for football season.
Hooks and Slices 7/11
In the Holiday Hills Country Club Guys and Dolls tournament, locals Denny and Sherry Hall turned in rounds of 77 and 73 to take first place in the opening round and second place on Sunday in the fourth flight. George and Linda Hutton turned in two solid rounds to place both days. The twosome shot 71 and 72 to take first place on Saturday and second place on Sunday in the second flight.
GRAPEVINE – The Mineral Wells High School cheerleaders attended the Universal Cheerleaders' Association's cheer camp in Grapevine two weeks ago and proved that spirit will definitely be high at every Rams and Lady Rams sporting event this coming school year.
Millsap selects Lee as new head volleyball coach
MILLSAP – The board of trustees at Millsap ISD recently announced their hire of Denise Lee as the new head volleyball coach for Millsap High School.
Waldrum leads the way in MW's latest swim meet
TROPHY CLUB – The Mineral Wells Water Moccasins city swim team took to the pool once again June 28 and showed valiant effort against some tough competition at its latest meet in Trophy Club.
As I've written the last two weeks, Dave Campbell's Texas Football magazine is on shelves and, more importantly, in my office. Can you tell I'm excited for football season?
Burke, Carter, Fisher among young standouts at early MW summer track meets
Two meets are in the books for the Mineral Wells Summer Track Club and already many young athletes have risen to the top alongside their varsity counterparts as the apparent track stars of the future.
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