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January 24, 2013

Ragland nears triple double in Lady Rams’ win



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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