MINERAL WELLS —
By TONY EIERDAM
As the first three games of the girls’ District 6-3A season has played out there is one thing almost certain in the league: the top three teams are Mineral Wells, state-ranked No. 2 Kennedale and Springtown, and these three teams over the course of the final seven league games will more than likely jockey themselves in position for the three playoff spots.
Big Game Jockeying No. 2 in the district will be tonight when the 3-0 Lady Rams (19-5 overall) face 2-1 Springtown at 6:30 p.m. at Springtown.
In the first district “big game,” Kennedale had little trouble in an 86-16 rout of Springtown, but the Lady Porcupines were also playing without two of their best players, Brooklyn Dauenhauer and Becca Dauenhauer.
In the night cap, the Mineral Wells Rams will try to go to 2-0 in district play when they tip off at 8 p.m. against the Porcupines.
Lady Rams head coach Ed Shelstead feels the Dauenhauer sisters will be fully recovered and ready for today’s contest.
“Springtown has been sitting out two of their players because they have been injured, but they will be ready to play us,” he said. “We will have to contain the two sisters.
“We have to play solid defense, block out and rebound. We also will need to keep our heads and not get frustrated. Whatever happens, it only matters that we win by one point.
“It will be a dog fight. The people who follow Springtown know they have two or three real solid players that we are going to have to account for. It is not going to be an easy game.
“Our girls will have to grow up a little and not get frustrated if they get down. If we execute we will be fine.”
The Lady Rams have been a scoring machine of late, putting up 264 points in their first three 6-3A games for an average of 88 points per contest.
But despite the large offensive numbers, it will be defense that may be the key to this matchup.