By TONY EIERDAM
Cisco jumped out to a 17-2 lead and never looked back as the Class 2A No. 10 Lady Lobos ran past the Mineral Wells Lady Rams, 69-30, Tuesday night at the MWHS gym.
The loss drops the Lady Rams to 2-7. Weather permitting, the Lady Rams will play next beginning today at the Jacksboro tournament.
Lady Rams head coach Leslie Holman said her team needs to see strong competition like Cisco to prepare for district play.
“They are good, and they have been ranked as high as No. 6 in the state,” Holman said. “There were points where we didn’t execute and some other things didn’t work for us, but when we actually tried to do what we planned in practice we got some good looks and some good shots.
“But we missed too many passes and didn’t catch the ball at times when we had easy shots. But that is how it goes sometimes.
“It was a tough loss, but I would rather play teams like this that get us prepared and to tell us what we need to do to get ready for district (in January).”
Cisco scored the first seven points before point guard Natalie Ragland set up post Tabby Santibanez with a layup from the left side.
Those two Lady Rams would do the bulk of the scoring as Ragland led MWHS with 14 points while Santibanez added 11.
In the second period, Cisco built a 21-2 lead before the Lady Rams went on a 6-4 run. Ragland scored on a layup after a feed from sophomore wing Ashley Valdez, and after Ragland sank one of two from the line, Valdez scored on a layup after a nifty feed from Ragland to cut the Cisco lead to 25-8. Valdez would finish with five points.
Cisco, which led 27-8 at the half, extended its lead to 31-8 in the third quarter and would end up outscoring MWHS 26-10 in the period to take a 53-18 lead into the fourth quarter.
Ragland got hot in the fourth. She hit a jumper from the lane and was fouled, and she completed the three-point play by connecting on the charity shot.
Ragland scored on a driving layup later in the period and connected on a pair of free throws. She closed the MWHS scoring with a jumper from the left perimeter.
Cisco scored 16 points in the final stanza to take a 31-point win.
Breckenridge swept sub-varsity action, defeating the Lady Rams junior varsity, 60-31, and the MWHS freshman team, 55-21.