MINERAL WELLS —
By TONY EIERDAM
As the Mineral Wells Lady Rams reach the stretch run of the District 6-3A basketball season and the Rams enter the halfway point, the league has seemed to separate itself on both the girls’ and boys’ sides.
The Lady Rams and Rams will continue district play today at Lake Worth. The girls’ game begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by the boys’ contest at approximately 8 p.m.
In both the girls’ and boys’ standings, Kennedale is the clear-cut leader as both the Ladycats and Wildcats sport undefeated 6-3A records.
And on both sides, Mineral Wells and Springtown are battling for the second- and third-place spots. The top three finishers will qualify for the Class 3A playoffs.
Although the Springtown girls have the same 4-2 district record as the Lady Rams, the Lady Porcupines are in second place due to a win over MWHS 10 days ago.
The rematch – and a contest that probably determine which of the two teams finish second – will be a week from today in Mineral Wells.
But the Lady Rams’ opponent today, Lake Worth, sports a 3-3 district record and has a chance to get in the mix with a win today over the Lady Rams.
After Tuesday night’s win over Castleberry, Lady Rams head coach Ed Shelstead said the team was happy to get back to its winning ways after consecutive losses. The win was also the 20th this season for the Lady Rams.
Shelstead said the team is in a mode of getting better every day and will take no opponent for granted, including the Lady Frogs. In the first meeting between the two teams, the Lady Rams cruised to a 92-9 win.
“It felt good to get back in the win column (after defeating Castleberry Tuesday night),” Shelstead said. “We have now won 20 games, and we have to be proud about that.