The Lady Rams showed a little holiday rust, but Mineral Wells (8-13)opened 2020 with a 37-32 road win against Lindsey Friday night.
Mineral Wells got role-play scoring from all over the court as eight players netted points in the win. Rian Schultz, Paige Riney, and Kate Brad Shaw led the way with six points each as Mineral Wells focused on defense and keeping the Lady Knights out of the paint.
Lindsey drew first blood, and Schultz was quick to respond with a field goal; however, the Lady Knights threatened to pull away as they moved out to a 6-2 lead.
“We have been watching film and going over situations like the one tonight, and it has been helping as of late,” Raffaele said. “The mental side for coaching is staying with the process and getting help from our parents. Parents are helping their kids understand in crunch time, and they will need to remain strong, both physically and mentally.
A three-pointer from Riney and another basket from Schultz gave the Lady Rams a 7-6 advantage, but things were far from over as Mineral Wells never got out front by more than six points when Hannah Seaton made it a 15-9 game.
Brooke Bell’s bucket kept the Lady Rams out front 17-11, but Lindsay began to find some cracks and began to seize the momentum and rallied to trail 19-17 at halftime.
A three-pointer from the Lady Knights signaled the second half of play was going to be equally tight, and the lead would change five times before Mineral Wells finally went on top to stay via another Riney three-pointer 25-24.
“We are rebounding (blocking out) better than in earlier games,” Coach Tony Raffaele said. “Giving the other team only one chance of scoring helps.”
The game was far from over, and it took baskets from Claire Rasmussen, Nadiya Weiss, Jersey Davila, Bradshaw and Bell to keep the Lady Knights at bay as the Lady Rams established their largest lead at 36-29 and grinding out the 37-32 final.
Bell had five points for Mineral Wells, while Seaton had four.
Mineral Wells has one more regular-season game Tuesday against Alvarado on the road before turning its attention to district play Jan. 10 against Stephenville in a 7:30 p.m. home game.
The junior varsity Lady Rams were 24-17 winners over the Lady Knights.