HOUSTON – The Mineral Wells Lady Rams gave fans a nice Christmas surprise with a second place finish at the 2017 Brazoswood Holiday Classic last week.
The girls played five games in three days to finish with a 4-1 record and second place result after a loss to the Pearland Lady Oilers in the championship, 56-34, on Saturday, Dec. 30.
A number of Lady Rams contributed to the team's success during the Brazoswood Classic said head coach Tony Raffaele. Among them were seniors Adison Lister and Kaylee Gregory and all-tournament selections senior Hailey Regino and sophomore Rian Schultz.
The girls began the tournament with a narrow 61-60 victory over Buda Hays featuring a season-high 17 points from junior Brei Ruelas and 12 by Lister.
In the second round, they toppled King behind a tournament-high 20 points for Lister on 4 of 6 shooting from beyond the arc. Meanwhile, Schultz finished with 13 points and Regino had 10 assists.
The classic continued for the Lady Rams as they wrestled the Dickinson Gators in the third round for a 50-40 win. Regino (12) and Ruelas (11) each finished in double figures while Gregory compiled a double-double grabbing 10 points and 11 rebounds.
In order to reach the title game, the Lady Rams took on the Porter Spartans who were no match for the junior Ruelas inside as she bested her season-high with 19 points on 8 of 15 shooting while Gregory led the defensive effort with three blocks.
Lake Worth win
The Lady Rams returned to action on Tuesday with a win at home in a district match up against the Lake Worth Lady Frogs, 54-16.
The senior guard Lister led all scorers with 15 points while Schultz and Gregory both finished in double figures with 10 a piece. Senior point guard Hailey Regino scored eight points to go with a game-high eight assists and nine steals.
Elsewhere, Ruelas finished with six points, junior Stormy Lovern scored a pair and seniors Kambrie Graue and Kayla Lee had two and one points respectively.
Tuesday's win brought the Lady Rams' overall record to 14-11 on the year. At 3-1 in District 7, they're in second place behind Kennedale (10-12, 4-0), with a district showdown at Springfield (0-3, 2-17) on Friday.