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January 21, 2014

Rams, Lady Rams look to bounce back today at Castleberry

By TONY EIERDAM

Both the Mineral Wells Lady Rams and Rams basketball teams hope to get back on the winning track today when they travel to River Oaks to face Castleberry in District 6-3A games.

The Lady Rams and Lady Lions will tip off at 6:30 p.m. at the Castleberry High School gym, while the Rams and Lions will do battle in a contest set to tip following the girls’ game at 8 p.m.

The Lady Rams (3-2) hope to end a two-game losing streak. The MWHS ladies won their first three district games before falling to Springtown a week ago and Kennedale on Friday.

Today marks the beginning of the second half of district play for the girls. In their first meeting, the Lady Rams had little trouble with the Lady Lions in a convincing 76-23 victory.

As she has all district season, Lady Rams sophomore point guard Natalie Ragland was a force offensively, scoring a game-high 21 points in the first meeting against Castleberry. Ragland is averaging 16. 2 points per game in district , has led the Lady Rams in scoring in three of five district games and has scored more than 20 points in three league contests.

However, Ragland was injured Friday at Kennedale and her status will not be known until game time today.

“Natalie has been doing a good job of driving to the hole (basket),” Lady Rams head coach Leslie Holman said. “As a result, she has either scored on layups or has drawn fouls which has gotten her to the free-throw line.

“She has also started to drive the lane and kick the ball out to our perimeter players, and that has given Riley (Bullock) and others open looks from behind the three-point line.”

The Rams (2-1) are coming off a their first 6-3A loss to first-place and state-ranked No. 2 Kennedale on Friday in what was a battle for outright first place in the district, albeit the early lead.

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