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December 31, 2013

Lady Rams finish non-district play at Burk tournament


BURKBURNETT – Playing in their last non-district basketball games before league play begins on Friday, the Mineral Wells Lady Rams went 1-2 at the Burkburnett tournament with a win over Seymour and losses to Wichita Falls City View and Hereford.

The Lady Rams (4-14) will open District 6-3A play at 6:30 p.m. Friday at home against Castleberry.

Lady Rams sophomore point guard Natalie Ragland was named to the all-tournament team after scoring in double figures in all three games.

Another positive was junior guard Riley Bullock scoring in double figures in two games, including hitting seven three-pointers in the tournament.

Also, the return of senior guard Courtney Peña from injury sparked the Lady Rams’ defense.

But the highlight was a 38-32 win over Seymour. Ragland led the Lady Rams with 11 points, while Ashlynn Robinson added six. But Robinson was injured in this game, and Lady Rams head coach Leslie Holman said the senior post will at least miss Friday’s district opener and possibly more.

“The Seymour game was a big win for us,” Holman said. “It put is in position to play for third place in the tournament.”

The Lady Rams trailed by a point at the half, 23-22, but went on an 8-3 run in the third period and held Seymour off in the fourth to take the victory.

Also scoring were Ashley Valdez with six points, Bullock with five, Peña and Tabby Santibanez, each with four, and Katie Rivera with two.

“In the second half both teams failed to produce much of anything,” Holman said. “It was the second game of the day for both of us and you could sure tell it. However, we were able to pull ahead in the third quarter and held on to win the game. Once again, there was pretty balanced scoring.

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