MINERAL WELLS —
To do that, the coach said the team just has to play within itself and play its style of game. Shelstead also said a huge reason for the earlier loss was shooting.
The Lady Rams hit just seven shots from the field, and shot an un-Lady-Ram-like 69 percent from the free throw line.
“I expect Springtown to play their same physical style, but I expect a different game from us,” Shelstead said. “We simply have to execute and do what we are supposed to do. We gave them that game last month.
“When we played at Springtown we did some things that hurt us, but mainly we got into foul trouble. Hopefully, we can stay out of foul trouble (today). I think since we are at home we will be relaxed, and we have no mysteries now on what it is going to be like to play them.
“We should be able to come out and execute right away and play the kind of basketball we are capable of playing. This is a big game for us. We want to finish in second place, and a win (today) will give us a shot at finishing in second place.
“We will be ready to play, and we will play our type of game.”
In the Rams’ loss at Springtown, the MWHS boys were cold from the field and the free throw line.
The Rams were 11 for 23 from the charity stripe and worse from the field. They also committed more than their game average of turnovers.
“Free throw shooting cost us the game,” Rams head coach Aaron Pappas said. “We also put ourselves in a hole in that game when we played poorly on defense in the first half (Springtown went on a 21-8 run in the second quarter).
“Lately, we have shot better from the field and the line.”