By TONY EIERDAM
SPRINGTOWN – Springtown raced out to leads of 15-3 and 22-7 as the Lady porcupines secured second place with a 58-46 win over the Mineral Wells Lady Rams here Friday night in a District 6-3A contest.
The Lady Rams, who have clinched third place and a playoff spot, close the 6-3A slate against league champion Kennedale at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the MWHS gym.
“We got into a hole that was hard to crawl out of,” Lady Rams head coach Leslie Holman said.”We came out a little tense, we weren’t relaxed, and we were not shooting the ball well.
“We were rushing our shots, we weren’t taking our time to get a good shot off, and they did. Springtown came ready to play, and we didn’t.”
The Lady Porcupines focused most of their defensive effort on stopping Lady Rams sophomore point guard Natalie Ragland, who coming into the contest was averaging 22 points per game. She scored 24 against Springtown in the first meeting between the two teams. Ragland finished with eight points.
“They started out in a box and one, and they were keying on Natalie,” Holman said. “When we tried to get her off the screen, there was somebody there to pick her up.
“We were trying to kick the ball out to our shooters in the corner, but we weren’t hitting the shots. Springtown was consistent on offense, and we weren’t.”
Trailing by 15 in the second period, the Lady Rams got back into the game when Madie Pappas and Pam Hopkins came off the bench in the second quarter and provided an offensive boost that kept MWHS in the game. Hopkins and Pappas would each finish with 10 points to lead the team.
In the second, Hopkins went three-for-three from the field, including a pair of three pointers, and Pappas canned a pair of jumpers, including a trey. A put back by post Tabby Santibanez closed the second-period scoring as the Lady Rams cut the Lady Porcupines’ lead to eight points at the break, 30-22.