MINERAL WELLS —
“But make no mistake – we are preparing for the competition we have coming our way (in the second half of district play). We have to continue to get better.”
In boys’ district play, Springtown holds a one-game edge on the Rams for second place. The MWHS boys have a 2-2 mark, but Diamond Hill, Castleberry and Lake Worth, the Rams’ opponent today, are a game back at 1-3.
Like the Lake Worth girls, the Lake Worth boys can get right back in the mix with a win today.
The Bullfrogs defeated Diamond Hill on Tuesday to put 6-3A in a three-way tie for fourth place. The Rams struggled for the first three quarters with Diamond Hill in a win in the boys’ district opener.
Tuesday in a win over Castleberry, the Rams employed two different sets of lineups when head coach Aaron Pappas began with a “big” lineup that included 6-5 Jacoby Prestwood, then switched to a “small” lineup when he inserted guards Reece Tarver, Nick Wendt and Rascellis Williams, three quick guards with excellent ball-handling skills.
The strategy worked, and Pappas most likely will use the same strategy today.
“We wanted to force our will inside (early in the Castleberry game),” Pappas said. “Then we hit them with a small, quick lineup and pressed them just to mix it up.
“Every kid contributed, and defensively we were better. Our smaller group did a good job with the full-court press, and they did well trapping in the half court.
“We also improved at the free throw line. We had been struggling there as of late.”
After today’s contests, the Lady Rams will have three more district games left on the schedule. After Lake Worth, the MWHS ladies will return home Tuesday to play Diamond Hill before ending the 6-3A slate at home against Springtown (Feb. 1) and at Kennedale (Feb. 5).
The boys’ district standings will have more clarity after today, the halfway point of the 6-3A season.