Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

Local Sports

February 17, 2013

Lady Rams advance to regional quarters

By TONY EIERDAM

HAMILTON – Although big sister Sydney Shelstead, a senior post, dominated with a game-high 18 points and 18 rebounds, it may have been little sister Kennedy Shelstead, a sophomore wing, who was most valuable to her team.

And for their father, Mineral Wells head girls’ basketball coach Ed Shelstead, he couldn’t have been happier as the first-year head coach has taken his team to the regional quarterfinals after a 45-41 victory over Liberty Hill here Friday night in a Class 3A, Region I area championship game.

The win advances the Lady Rams to the regional quarterfinals where they will face district rival Kennedale, a team MWHS lost twice to in league play.

Tip off will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Weatherford High School. The winner will advance to the regional tournament at United Spirit Arena in Lubbock.

While Sydney scored the points and scooped up balls off the glass, Kennedy did a defensive number on Liberty Hill’s top scoring threat, Maddie Metzger.

Kennedy Shelstead’s aggressive play on defense frustrated the Lady Panthers’ senior post, who fouled out with a little more than five minutes left in the game.

Kennedy Shelstead also scored 10 points, the final point on a free throw with six seconds remaining to play that sealed the victory.

Lady Rams head coach Ed Shelstead was proud of his daughters, but equally proud of the effort of his entire team.

When the Lady Rams needed another offensive boost, senior guard Niya Benavides provided it from the perimeter as her pair of three-point baskets at the end of the third period and beginning of the fourth gave the Lady Rams an offensive and emotional boost.

“So much of what we do revolves around Sydney and Niya,” Ed Shelstead said. “Niya’s two threes in the second half gave us a spark, and those were crucial baskets.

“I though Kennedy made two huge plays in the second half. One was attacking Metzger and getting her to foul out, and another was the free throw she made at the end.”

With the Lady Rams trailing 33-32, Benavides canned a three-pointer from the left perimeter to give the Lady Rams a 35-33 lead just before the third period ended.

After Liberty Hill guard Ashlee Walker scored to tie the contest, Benavides followed with a trey from the right side to give the Lady Rams a 38-35 lead.

Liberty Hill would come back to take a 41-40 lead before Sydney Shelstead found Kennedy Shelstead for a layup that gave the Lady Rams a lead they would not relinquish.

A pair of free throws by junior guard Bethany Allen extended the lead to three points, 44-41, and with 10 seconds left Allen made the defensive play of the game with a steal.

Liberty Hill fouled Kennedy Shelstead four seconds later, and she hit the first of two charity shots to seal the win.

“Kennedy is a spark for us,” Ed Shelstead said. “Offensively, she gave us some big baskets, and defensively, she has long arms and is all over the place. I am very proud of her.”

Liberty Hill, the District 8-3A champion that was a state finalist last year, looked like they would settle the issue early and jumped out to an 11-2 lead.

But Sydney Shelstead scored on a put back and followed with a pair of layups to cut the lead to 11-8. The Lady Rams narrowed the margin to 11-10 when freshman point guard Natalie Ragland nailed a pair of free throws.

The coach said he nor the team panicked when down nine points early.

“I told them to take it one possession at a time, and I never thought we were out of it,” Ed Shelstead said. “We also picked up the pressure a little bit and our defense created some opportunities.

“Sydney had three consecutive buckets and brought us back. We also had other girls step up in our run to come back from 11-2.”

MWHS trailed by three after the first quarter and looked like they would go into the locker room at the half behind by the same margin. But Kennedy Shelstead drew a foul and canned both charity shots to cut the Lady Panthers’ lead to 23-22 at the half.

MWHS    13    9    13        10 –  45

LHHS    16    7    10          8 –   41

MWHS – Sydney Shelstead 18, Niya Benavides 10, Bethany Allen 7, Kennedy Shelstead 10.

1
Text Only
Local Sports
  • Allie Kenn.JPG Kennedale edges out Lady Rams, 3-0, on senior night

    The Lady Rams wanted this one. Bad. But despite a brilliant defensive effort that kept the game locked at 1-0 until the final frame, the Mineral Wells Lady Rams found themselves so close, yet so far away from a district championship, falling to the second-ranked team in the state, the Kennedale Wildcats, for the second time this year, 3-0, Friday night.

    April 20, 2014 4 Photos

  • Kennedale edges out Lady Rams, 3-0, on senior night

    Despite a brilliant defensive effort that kept the game locked at 1-0 until the final frame, the Mineral Wells Lady Rams found themselves so close, yet so far away, falling to the second-ranked team in the state, the Kennedale Wildcats, for the second time this year, 3-0, Friday night.

    April 18, 2014

  • How sweet it is

    The Mineral Wells Rams have climbed another mountain.

    April 18, 2014

  • Martinez cross.JPG Safe, but not home yet

    "Physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come... Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity." – 1 Timothy 4:6 and 12.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • 13 Rams, Lady Rams advance to regionals after solid Area Track Meet

    SPRINGTOWN – Track and Field season marches on for the Rams and Lady Rams of Mineral Wells High School, who will send 13 athletes to the Regional Track Meet in Lubbock, April 25-26, after a strong showing at the District 5 and 6-3A Area Track Meet in Springtown, Wednesday.

    April 18, 2014

  • Allie Springtown.JPG Get your brooms out

    SPRINGTOWN – Nobody said it would be easy. But despite an energized opponent and a rowdy hometown crowd that lived up to its reputation, the Mineral Wells Lady Rams (24-6, 8-1) made the best of their long-awaited final trip to Springtown and beat the rival Lady Porcupines, 16-5, on senior night, Tuesday.

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • Bullock pitch.JPG Prickly setback

    SPRINGTOWN – Three days before a colossal rematch for first place in District 6-3A with Kennedale, the Mineral Wells Rams (15-10, 6-2) got a resounding punch in the gut from their area rivals.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Area baseball, softball: Santo Wildcats begin push for first, Perrin Lady Pirates clinch third place

    As the window of the regular season creeps ever closer to an end, teams all across the state are making the final push for the playoffs with a lucky few in hopes of improving their final playoff seed. Locally, the Santo Wildcats (9-6, 8-3) of the baseball diamond and Perrin-Whitt Lady Pirates (12-7, 6-4) softball team are no exception.

    April 16, 2014

  • Santo, Perrin send 58 to Area Track Meet

    SANTO – The Santo Wildcats hosted the District 11-1A Track Meet last Thursday with great results for local thinclads. 

     

    April 16, 2014

  • It keeps you runnin'

    SPRINGTOWN – The Rams and Lady Rams of Mineral Wells High School orchestrated a strong showing at the District 6-3A Track Meet in Springtown's Porcupine Stadium, last Wednesday and Thursday. 

    April 15, 2014

Featured Ads
Mineral Wells Index


Click on a photo to visit our SmugMug page

Front page
Seasonal Content
AP Video
Raw: More Than 100,000 Gather for Easter Sunday Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Must Read