By TONY EIERDAM
After both the Mineral Wells Lady Rams and Rams basketball teams got back into the win column on Tuesday, the teams are riding that momentum into today’s home District 6-3A contests against Lake Worth.
The girls’ game will tip off at 6:30 p.m. followed by the boys’ contest at 8 p.m. at the MWHS gym.
Both teams sit in the upper tier of the 6-3A standings, with the Rams at 3-1 occupying second place and the 4-2 Lady Rams tied with Springtown for second place, although the Lady Porcupines currently hold the tiebreaker by virtue of a win against MWHS earlier in district play.
The Lady Rams have been playing without starting forward Ashley Valdez for the past two weeks as she suffered a concussion on Jan. 10.
On Tuesday in the win over Castleberry the Lady Rams were also without the services of leading scorer Natalie Ragland, a sophomore guard, who like Valdez is expected to return for today’s game.
But in the pair’s absence Lady Rams head coach Leslie Holman found that she has depth as she called on guards Courtney Peña and Riley Bullock to run the offense with Ragland out, and the coach seems to have made the right move by elevating sophomore wing Maddie Pappas from the junior varsity to varsity.
Pappas had a breakout game Tuesday with a game-high 20 points, and after the game Holman remarked that the varsity newcomer has earned extended playing time.
“I thought Maddie did a nice job of going to the hole, and we got some offense out of her,” Holman said. “I also thought Courtney played a good game. She was hitting her shots early and she ran the offense well.
“But Courtney and Riley stepped up and took leadership roles, and that was what I wanted to see.”