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January 24, 2013

Ragland nears triple double in Lady Rams’ win

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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.

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