MINERAL WELLS —
Two things Kennedale, no matter how good they really are, will not be prepared for.
First, they have not seen a quartet of defenders like Lady Rams’ guards Courtney Peña, Bethany Allen, Natalie Ragland and Kennedy Shelstead.
Peña and Allen are a real pain in the neck for opposing guards trying to run an offense. They play “in your shirt” defense on the perimeter, and you can see that guards of MWHS opponents are not having fun when they play the Lady Rams.
Ragland is also a great defender and excellent athlete, and the same goes for Kennedy Shelstead, who has a long reach. Kennedy also demonstrated last week that she can produce on both ends of the floor as she had a team-high 22 points in the win at Diamond Hill.
Also, speaking of defense, the 6-1 Sydney Shelstead is every bit of dominant on the defensive end as she is on offense where she leads the team in scoring and is also averaging double figures in rebounds each game.
The second thing Kennedale won’t be prepared for is the will to win by this group.
The Lady Rams, of course, have no problem facing a high-ranked team, and honestly, they like this matchup as to really measure their progress.
But not being ranked? This is a team that wants to prove to Kennedale and the girls’ high school basketball world that they certainly deserve to make the Texas Girls Coaches Association Top 25 poll or the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches poll.
Not ranked? Really? I can’t wait for Friday.
One may also question why I have lumped the 11-12 Rams basketball team in this space. That is easy to explain.
The Rams could be 2-0 in district when you read this, and I realize that with eight district games remaining that it could be too early to have any “story lines.”