MINERAL WELLS —
By TONY EIERDAM
Mineral Wells Lady Rams, Rams and fans of the two basketball teams have marked today on their calendars for the past few weeks – the day Springtown’s basketball teams visit the MWHS gym.
The Lady Rams and Lady Porcupines will tip it off at 6:30 p.m., while the Rams/Porcupines contest is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.
Both the Lady Rams and Rams are not only seeking revenge from losses incurred Jan. 15 at Springtown, but also, with a win, each team can climb into second place in the District 6-3A standings.
When the teams met in Springtown earlier last month, both the Lady Rams and Rams felt they did not play their best games, and both seemed out of sync.
Springtown’s large and vocal crowd also may have rattled the two squads, and coaches for both MWHS teams are anticipating not only the largest student turnout today, but also the largest crowd the gym has seen this season.
It will also be “red out” night as students and fans are encouraged to wear red to support the MWHS teams.
In the first meeting, Springtown defeated the Lady Rams, 60-44. In a very physical game – the style of play the Springtown ladies have the reputation of playing – officials whistled Lady Rams’ leading scorer Sydney Shelstead for four quick fouls.
In Shelstead’s absence, the Lady Porcupines outscored the Lady Rams 21-2, which was the difference in the game.
“It benefitted Springtown to turn it into a physical contest,” Lady Rams head coach Ed Shelstead said. “They knew if they got Sydney or Niya (Benavides) in foul trouble that it would get two bullets out of our gun and take us out of their rhythm.
“They made us play their style of game. (Today), we want to dictate the style of play.”