Junior guard Courtney Peña scored in the paint after a feed from Sydney Shelstead, and Shelstead scored on a layup off a feed from freshman point guard Natalie Ragland, who despite her varsity inexperience is playing like a seasoned veteran.
The Lady Rams added 15 points in the second quarter, ending the period with a nothing-but-net three-point basket from senior wing Niya Benavides as MWHS led 40-16 at the break.
The Lady Rams attacked Venus aggressively to begin the third quarter. MWHS scored on five straight layups by four different ladies as Kennedy Shelstead had a pair of layups, with Sydney Shelstead, Ragland and junior guard Bethany Allen each recording a layup as the MWHS ladies took a 50-16 lead and put the game away.
Another bright spot for the Lady Rams was the play of junior post Ashlynn Robinson, who is coming back after missing a year due to major knee surgery. Robinson scored four points, but also pulled down six rebounds, second-best on the team for the game.
“Ashlynn did a great job,” Ed Shelstead said. “She is a great kid, and she works as hard as anybody in the program. She is an important person on our team.
“She understands and accepts her role this season, and next year we are really going to count on her. I couldn’t be prouder of her. She works hard every practice. She is a solid kid from a solid family.”
Venus ended a scoring drought of 3:47 with a bucket in the middle of the third period, but the Lady Rams put on the defensive clamps and allowed Venus just seven points for the remaining 11:28 of the contest.
Ed Shelstead said the matter of the Lady Rams’ overall record is not discussed within the team.
“Our goal right now is to get better every game, and we are not going to settle with what we have accomplished,” he said. “We need to continue to improve because we have some tough games coming up and in district, which starts in a little more than two weeks (Jan. 4 at Castleberry). We have got to be ready to meet the challenge.