By TONY EIERDAM
Mineral Wells Lady Rams head coach Ed Shelstead is looking at the big picture and the near future when deciding what strategies to use while his team plays its non-district schedule.
Even though the Lady Rams easily disposed of Venus, 71-25, Tuesday night at the MWHS gym, the end result and the fact the MWHS ladies raised their mark to 12-5 was of little concern to the coach.
Shelstead had the Lady Rams working on different defenses during the contest, often changing the defensive sets on the fly.
The Lady Rams responded by holding the Lady Bulldogs to single digits in three quarters, including a two-point fourth quarter when more than half of the starters were resting on the bench.
“We started the game mixing up defenses,” Shelstead said. “When we get into district play and face teams like Kennedale and Springtown, we will have to mix up our defenses to keep them off balance.
“We mixed in some zone and some man defenses, and in the beginning I liked the way the girls played and adjusted to those defenses.”
The Lady Rams jumped out to a 16-2 lead as four different ladies figured in the scoring.
The MWHS defense was so strong that Venus did not register its first points until the 5:40 mark of the opening period.
The Lady Rams held Venus to five points in the quarter despite the constant changes defensively.
“I felt like the team kept its focus throughout the game, and for the most part – even though we got sloppy at times – executed pretty well,” Shelstead offered. “The kids are doing what I am asking them to do, and most of the time they are in the places they are supposed to be at.”
Venus also had no answer for senior post Sydney Shelstead, who scored 10 points in the first quarter. She finished with a game-high 23 points and 14 rebounds.
The Lady Rams closed the opening period with a pair of layups.