The Mineral Wells Lady Rams mowed down Castleberry, 72-19, in a District 7-4A match up at Ram Gym on Tuesday. The Lady Rams' fourth straight victory in conference play, eighth in the last nine games, brings their record to 6-1 in district and 17-11 overall.
It was also the Lady Rams' second largest margin of victory this season as 10 different players scored in the win, three in double figures. Junior Brei Ruelas led the attack with 16 points, while senior Adison Lister had 15, and sophomore Rian Schultz finished in double figures with 10 points, five rebounds and five steals.
“They're doing a good job and playing well right now, so we'll roll with it and see where it goes,” said Lady Rams head coach Tony Raffaele. “They're good kids that understand the game and can make things happen.”
The Lady Rams made quick work of the Lions on Tuesday with 27 first-quarter points. Point guard Hailey Regino headquartered the offense converting a game-high nine assists to go with nine points and six steals, while fellow senior Kaylee Gregory finished with six points and a team-high six rebounds.
Elsewhere, Lady Rams Kambrie Graue and Stormy Lovern scored five points apiece, seniors Carly Arwood and Montana Choate finished with three and two points respectively, and junior Ara Daugherty had one point.
Defensively, the Lady Rams held the Lady Lions under 10 points in all four quarters.
With four blocks total, Gregory led the way with a pair, and Ruelas and Schultz had one each. As a team, the Lady Rams combined for 20 steals, including a pair for Ruelas and one each for Arwood and Choate.
"Defense will always win ball games," Raffaele said. "We know we've got Kennedale coming back here (Jan. 23), so that's what we're really working on right now."
Junior Varsity and Freshmen Lady Rams
In a clean sweep on Tuesday night, both the junior varsity and freshmen Lady Rams basketball teams scored wins over Castleberry. The JV squad used a big fourth quarter to pull out a 40-38 win, and the freshmen Lady Rams led throughout in a blowout win, 42-16.
Difficult first and second quarters contributed to a nine point deficit at half for the JV Lady Rams. The girls picked things up with 10 points in the third and stepped on the gas in the fourth. Trailing 34-23 headed into the final frame, the Lady Rams managed a game-high 17 points while holding a Lions team averaging 11 points per quarter to just five.
Lady Ram Claire Rasmussen led the comeback with 20 points while teammate Paige Gopffarth finished with 11. Elsewhere, Lady Rams Karime Betancourt and Paige Riney scored four points each and Nadiya Weiss had one. The win takes the JV Lady Rams' district record to 4-3 on the year.
Things weren't nearly as close in the Freshmen Lady Rams' win as they outscored Castleberry in every quarter. Behind 12 points from Taylor Wheaton and 10 for Nadiya Weiss, the Lady Rams took a 20-6 lead into halftime.
By the end of the third, the Lady Rams led by 18. Other contributions came from Samantha Camacho with eight points and Alondra Castillo with six. Additionally, Karime Betancourt ended up with four points, and Carolina Perez had two. The win puts the Freshmen Lady Rams' district record at 5-2.
The Lady Rams look to continue their district dominance on the road at Diamond Hill-Jarvis High School this Friday, Jan. 19. With JV and freshmen teams off, Lady Rams varsity will tip at 6:30 p.m.