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January 31, 2014

Showdown at Springtown

Rams, Lady Rams games today with rivals will impact second place in 6-3A

By TONY EIERDAM

Second place in District 6-3A in both girls’ and boys’ basketball will be on the line when the Mineral Wells Lady Rams and Rams travel to Springtown today.

The Lady Rams and Lady Porcupines are currently tied for second place, and Springtown can mathematically lockup the runner-up spot with a win over the Lady Rams.

Should the Lady Rams win, they would have a one-game lead in second place. But the Lady Rams finish the district slate on Tuesday at home against Kennedale, undefeated in the district, while Springtown finishes with winless Diamond Hill.

If the scenario plays out where the Lady Rams win today but fall on Tuesday, and with a Springtown win over Diamond Hill in the finale, which is more than likely to say the least, it would force a second-place tiebreaker game a week from today.

Lady Rams head coach Leslie Holman said her and the team are focused only on today’s game.

“The girls are extremely excited about (today’s) game,” she said. “We are playing well offensively and have been shooting the ball much better.

“The girls have really progressed over the past week and are showing some new-found confidence.”

The last time these teams met was in Mineral Wells and Springtown snuck out of the MWHS gym with a 52-46 win. The Lady Rams were missing a key player in that game as sophomore forward Ashley Valdez was out with a concussion.

“It is great to have Ashley back and have everyone healthy for that matter,” Holman said. “I think against Diamond Hill (on Tuesday) was the first time for nearly the entire season that everyone on the team is pretty close to 100 percent healthy. We should be ready to go (today) will a full lineup.”

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