MINERAL WELLS —
If someone would have told me that on Jan. 15 (the day of this writing and in just the second week of the District 6-3A season) that the Lady Rams and Rams basketball teams would have combined for 30 wins, I would have probably looked at you funny.
Especially if you had told me the Lady Rams would have 19 of those wins.
Again, this writing was done the afternoon before Tuesday’s night’s games at Springtown, so hopefully the MWHS varsity teams added two more wins to the total.
If the games in Springtown played out like I thought, Friday night at the MWHS gym will be district-altering contests for both teams. But back to that later.
The story of basketball season has to be the Lady Rams, a team with not only four new starters, but those starters are also four ladies new to the program that have joined returning all-district, first-team starter Niya Benavides.
If they won on Tuesday, the Lady Rams, which will probably be the only team in Texas with 20 wins that is not ranked, will have a district showdown Friday with state-ranked No. 2 Kennedale.
What you might be thinking is that the Lady Rams have no chance against the highly-touted Ladycats, and the thought may have already crossed your mind that a No. 2 team will in no way lose to an unranked team, 20 wins or not.
But there is a little story line involved in this that most MWHS fans may not know. New Lady Rams head coach Ed Shelstead has coached Kennedale’s two stars – Autumn Williams and McKinley Bostad – in summer select basketball, and Shelstead told me “both are legitimate Division I (college) players.”
But since he knows them well, my guess is that he also knows how to defend them, and Sydney Shelstead, the Lady Rams’ high-scoring post who played with both Kennedale stars, also knows how to play them.