MINERAL WELLS —
Four players reached double figures in scoring, led by sophomore Kennedy Shelstead with 22 points. Sydney Shelstead added 21 points, with Niya Benavides finishing with 16 and Bethany Allen scoring a season-high 14 points.
The Shelsteads and Benavides combined for 19 of the Lady Rams’ 25 first-quarter points. MWHS also scored on five easy layups off steals, with Kennedy Shelstead scoring after a pair of steals, and Ragland and Allen also driving in for layups after swiping the ball. Another layup was scored by Pamela Hopkins after a nifty steal from Benavides.
A put back by junior post Ashlynn Robinson, who finished with six points, gave MWHS a 25-6 lead after the opening period.
The Lady Rams went off in the second quarter and scored 31 points, but they were actually better defensively as Castleberry did not score a single point in the period.
Sydney Shelstead, who finished with 10 rebounds, dominated the glass in the period while scoring seven points three different ways – at the free throw line, on a put back and with a three-pointer as the Lady Rams led 56-6 at the half.
Kennedy Shelstead took over in the third quarter. She was a force driving the lane, hitting five layups, three of which came on passes from Ragland.
Allen also had three driving layups, twice after steals and another after a feed from Ragland.
The Lady Rams took an 83-11 lead into the fourth quarter and backed off offensively for the rest of the game.
In sub-varsity action, the Lady Rams junior remained undefeated in district play after a 67-8 win over Castleberry, and the Lady Rams freshman team strolled to a 42-13 win.
CHS 6 0 5 6 – 17
MWHS 25 31 27 12 – 95
MWHS – Kennedy Shelstead 22, Sydney Shelstead 21, Niya Benavides 16, Bethany Allen 14, Natalie Ragland 9, Ashlynn Robinson 6, Pam Hopkins 4, Riley Bullock 3.