Tuesday Afternoon December 29th, 2020, The Mineral Wells Lady Rams faced off with the Munday Mogulettes in a hard-fought battle on the hardwood. Munday came to town with an impressive 13-2 record according to MaxPreps, so the Lady Rams knew they needed to show up and show out. Munday came out shooting lights out, making 5 3-pt shots in the first quarter to take the lead early, ending the 1st quarter 19-11. The Lady Rams didn’t give up, they outscored the Mogulettes in the 2nd quarter 17-10 with 6 Lady Rams putting points on the board. As the buzzer rang out for halftime, the Lady Rams only trailed 1 point.
Coming out of the locker room, the Lady Rams went on a 7-point run to take the lead before the Munday could answer. Including a 3-pointer from #3 Brooke Bell and a pair of 2’s from #13 Kate Bradshaw and #12 Lily Gillan respectively. Those 3 would score all 13 points for the Lady Rams in the 3rd quarter and end the 3rd tied up at 41. The Lady Rams would eventually come up short after going cold in the 4th, ending the game 46-52, but not without a fight, despite the score, the Lady Rams controlled the pace and played hard until the final buzzer, making for an exciting ball game to watch.
Following the Lady Rams, the Rams hit the court to face the Venus Bulldogs in a non-district matchup. From the tip-off, the Rams took control, and they took the lead. It wasn’t just a highlight reel of shooting that set the Rams up for success, but their defense as well. The Rams held Venus to only 5 points in the first quarter. The Bulldogs could never recover, despite aggressive play all game from their post players. The second quarter was no different, and going into halftime the Rams were up 33-13.
According to head coach, Seth Riddle, he was most impressed with how well his guys protected the basketball. “One big thing was we didn’t turn the ball over. We had less than 10 turnovers” Coach Riddle told Goodday Mineral Wells after the game. Great protection of the ball, lead to great ball movement, and translated into points scored with 4 Rams scoring in double digits. #5 Gerald McGowan scored 18, #1 Charles Carter scored 11, #3 Landon Houston with 14, and #11 Tristan Gray finished with not only 10 points but an impressive 14 rebounds as well. The Rams sealed the deal with a final score of 66-38.
The Lady Rams took another tough one on the road on day 2 of a back to back, this time to Abilene on Wednesday, wrapping up non-district play. The Mineral Wells ladies begin district against Wichita Falls Hirschi at home on Jan. 5. The Rams have 2 more non-district matchups before the district kicks off Jan. 12 on the road against Iowa Park.
In addition to the Varsity Rams W, the MW Rams and Lady Rams JV teams both finished Tuesday afternoon with wins as well.
Kellci Baker, Sports Journalist, Goodday Mineral Wells
Sports Journalist | Mineral Wells native and community-driven. An MWHS graduate with years of experience having served on the Mineral Wells Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors Committee, Tourism Committee, Historic Downtown Association, and more. Kellci is heavily involved in Highridge Church of Mineral Wells and volunteers within the First Impressions and Students Ministries. Her love for sports comes from being a student-athlete (volleyball, basketball, track, and field) as a child growing up in Mineral Wells.