“Natalie was using head fakes to get her shots off, and she did that well. She also drew fouls and got on the free throw line.
“I think for the rest of district teams will start keying on her, so we will have to figure out how we can spot up outside and let her kick it out for an open jumper.”
Springtown jumped out to a 7-3 lead before Ragland took over. The elusive guard drove the lane and drew a shooting foul, and she canned both charity shots.
Springtown turned the ball over on its ensuing possession, and Ragland made them pay with a put back that tied the game at 7-7.
With Springtown now properly focusing its attention on Ragland, Mineral Wells post Tabby Santibanez was left free on the left baseline, and she drained a three-pointer to give the Lady Rams a 10-7 lead.
In the second quarter Springtown could not shake Ragland.
On two occasions early in the period the Lady Porcupines tied the score only to see Ragland follow with a bucket. Also, junior guard Riley Bullock was left open twice and she took advantage with a jumper and a three-pointer as the Lady Rams took a 17-15 lead, much to the delight of the large student section and the loud MWHS fans.
A put back by Santibanez with one second left in the half tied the game at 23-23 as nothing was settled over the first 16 minutes.
In the third quarter Springtown had six different ladies score points. The key moment in the third was when Springtown erased a Lady Rams’ 30-27 lead (six of the Lady Rams’ first seven points to begin the quarter were scored by Ragland) when four different players – Ashley Mainord, Kaitlyn Mainord, Brooklyn Dauenhauer and Taylor Babcock – each scored from the field to ignite an 8-0 run that gave the Lady Porcupines a 35-30 lead, and a lead they would not relinquish.