MINERAL WELLS —
“We worked on a couple of things Friday (in the Lady Rams’ win over Diamond Hill) to get ready for Springtown,” Shelstead said. “Again, this will be a dog fight.”
The Rams (11-12, 1-0) are coming off a come-from-behind win in the boys’ 6-3A opener Friday at Diamond Hill.
The Rams trailed for much of the first three quarters, but outscored the Eagles 26-8 in the fourth quarter – including an 18-0 run to begin the quarter – to make a rout of a close game in the 64-43 win.
MWHS demonstrated a quality against Diamond Hill that was a key ingredient last year when the Rams ran the table in the second half of district play that led to a league championship – full-court, pressure defense.
Diamond Hill could not keep up with the Rams in the fourth quarter as the MWHS defenders literally wore down the Eagles, who committed turnover after turnover which led to easy baskets as the Eagles failed to handle the pressure defense.
“Our pressure got to them a little in the first half, but in the second half we turned it up a notch,” Rams head coach Aaron Pappas said. “They couldn’t handle our full-court pressure and turned the ball over a lot, and that led to layups for us.
“We really didn’t shoot the ball well, but (Friday) defense is what won us the game. I have not been able to say that in a long time.”
Pappas is hoping the Diamond Hill game will start the same trend as last year when the Rams became a hard team to play after employing baseline-to-baseline pressure defense and a run-and-gun offense.
But the Rams also possess a power game down low. Senior posts Ricky Scott and A.J. Williams each turned in doubles doubles on Friday as the pair combined for 32 points and 27 rebounds.