Ragland, Pappas, Holman receive top All 6-3A awards
Lady Rams place seven on all-district hoops team
By CLINT FOSTER
A successful season full of growth for the Mineral Wells girls' basketball team was capped off in style this week when the district coaches announced that the Lady Rams placed seven players on the All-District 6-3A team and garnered three individual awards – two of which went to two of the Lady Rams youngest rising stars.
In a vote of league coaches, Lady Rams head coach Leslie Holman was named "Coach of the Year" while sophomores Natalie Ragland and Maddie Pappas were named "Offensive Player of the Year" and "Newcomer of the Year," respectively.
Ragland, who led the Lady Rams in scoring with 146 points on the season, averaged 16.2 points per game. She scored in double figures in seven out of nine district contests, having to sit out of the majority of both of the games in which she scored less than 10.
Ragland also led the team in assists with 68 – with a 3.4 per game average – and shot a stunning 82 percent from the free-throw line, sinking 45-of-55.
"I feel (Ragland) was very deserving of Offensive Player of the Year," Holman said. "Knowing she was a good free-throw shooter, she did a great job of getting to the line."
The Newcomer of the Year, Pappas, was moved up to varsity in the third district game after she scored 25 points with the junior varsity against Castleberry. Pappas went on to average 7.4 points per game, highlighted by a game-high 19 points in the Lady Rams' second game against Castleberry.
"I was extremely proud that the District chose to honor Madie as Newcomer of the Year," Holman said. "(When I moved her up to varsity), I knew I needed some extra offense in the upcoming games. I felt she moved up and provided that extra amount of offense we needed off the bench. I wish now I had moved her up at Christmas."