MINERAL WELLS —
RIVER OAKS – In a strange turn of events dealing with miscommunication, Friday night at Castleberry the Lady Rams junior varsity and freshman teams played two interesting games.
The District 6-3A schedule reads that all girls basketball games will be played in the following order: junior varsity at 5 p.m., varsity at 6:30 p.m. and freshmen at 8 p.m.
During halftime of the “JV” game, Lady Rams varsity head coach Ed Shelstead saw what appeared to be older Castleberry girls warming up on the main court, but he knew they weren’t the Lady Lions’ varsity squad.
Traditionally in high school basketball, the teams with the next game shoot while the teams from the ongoing game are in the locker room at halftime.
Shelstead then inquired to Castleberry head coach Josh Cox, who said he thought the order went freshman, JV and varsity, knowing that it was not a district girls-boys doubleheader. The doubleheaders in 6-3A do not begin until Friday (Jan. 11).
With a half already played (and the Lady Rams leading 31-11), the coaches agreed to play it out, meaning the Mineral Wells freshman girls would be playing the Castleberry JV at 6:30 p.m. Cox also explained to Shelstead that he had told the varsity referees that the varsity game would begin at 8 p.m.
Thus was the story of the night as the Lady Rams freshman team handily defeated the Castleberry JV as both MWHS sub-varsity teams begin district play at 1-0.
The following is a summary of both games.
Lady Rams frosh 43, Castleberry JV 14
Maddie Pappas scored a game-high 19 points to lead the Lady Rams freshman team to a 43-14 win over the Castleberry JV.
Also scoring for the Lady Rams were Kenzi Huseman with seven points, Brooke Hale with six, Katie Rivera with five, and Becca Smith, Brailey Garcia and Elyssa Ogletree, each with two.
The Lady Rams led 14-3 after the first quarter and built a 21-10 lead at the half.
Mineral Wells scored 10 points in the third period while holding Castleberry to four to take a 31-14 lead into the fourth quarter.
Lady Rams JV 67, Castleberry frosh 11
Kaleigh Aaron scored a game-high 16 points and Tabi Santibanez added 14 to lead the Lady Rams JV to a 67-11 win over the Castleberry freshman team.
Also scoring in double figures were Kira Harrison with 12 points and Rachel Merritt with 10.
Also scoring for the Lady Rams were Addi Singleton and Mason Malone, each with four points, Carson Couger with three, and Scarlett Eaton and Bre Hinojos, each with two.
The Lady Rams led 21-4 after the opening period and built a 31-11 lead at the break.
MWHS held Castleberry scoreless on both the third and fourth quarters. The Lady Rams scored 13 points in the third period to take a 44-11 lead into the final stanza.