The Magazine Lady Rattlers opened the season last week with a convincing win over Class 4A Baptist Prep last Tuesday at Johnson County Westside in what was, rather than a tournament format, a smorgasbord of girls basketball in the opening week.
The Lady Rattlers (1-1) played a second game Thursday against Charleston and fell 44-43. Magazine’s two games this week are on the road at Eureka Springs (Tuesday) and Lavaca (Friday) before the home opener versus Two Rivers on Nov. 21.
Lady Rattlers 58 Baptist Prep 43
Magazine opened the game with a 3 by Kalyn Bryan, her only points of the night, and never trailed. It was 13-1 before the Lady Eagles recorded their first field goal and buckets by Hannah Smith and Kelsey Krigbaum pushed the lead to 17-3 before Baptist Prep cut it back to 17-5.
Smith, who scored 10 first quarter points and finished with 14, then scored six points in the final minute of the quarter. She hit a jump shot as the final minute of the quarter began, then scored off an inbound play with 29 seconds to play in the quarter, stole the inbound pass and scored again and it was 23-5 after one.
The lead reached 20 before Baptist Prep scored again and it was Rachel Phillips taking over the scoring responsibilities, accounting for nine straight Magazine points over a span of 1:31 as the lead grew to 39-16.
A free throw and a basket from Keaira Thomas, she scored 9 in the game, wrapped up the first half scoring with Magazine up 42-16.
Phillips would have one more bucket on the evening and finished with a team-high 16, the same number of points Magazine managed in the entire second half.
Half of those came from Krigbaum, who finished with 10 on the night, and Kristin Dubroc had a pair of scores as well for Magazine.
Baptist Prep had two in double digits Luebke and Garity both reach double digits with 12 apiece.
Charleston 44 Lady Rattlers 43
Most of the fourth quarter scoring came at the free throw line but a miss by Keaira Thomas that would have tied it ended up being the difference. Thomas, who scored 15 to lead Magazine, went to the line needing to convert a conventional 3-point play but could not.
The Lady Rattlers would get the ball back after a missed layup with 14.1 second to go but did not get off a shot. After the ball was knocked out of bounds the Lady Tigers intercepted an inbound pass and although the front end of a one-and-one was missed with 2.1 seconds left, Thomas’ desperation at the buzzer was well off the mark.
A Thomas free throw had tied it at 34 early in the quarter before another free throw gave Charleston the lead back. Two Kia Yang free throws put Magazine up 36-35 with just over five minutes left but a 3 at the four minute mark made it 38-36 Charleston and two more free throws made it 40-36.
Thomas made one of two again and Yang made two more after she was fouled after recording the rebound and it was 40-39. Two free throws with 1:08 to go made it 42-39 before Rachael Phillips, who had 12, scored on assist form Yang to make it 42-41. A layup with 38 seconds made it 44-41 Charleston.
Magazine was in command early on, building as much as an eight-point lead before before going frigid from the field.It was 11-6 when Aubrie Davis picked off a pass in the back court and made a layup and after Phillips added a free throw it was 14-6 with 4:12 to play in the first quarter.
The Lady Rattlers, however, would score only two points the rest of the half. That basket came when Phillips split two defenders with 7:13 before halftime to make it 16-10.
Charleston scored on a second chance three to pull within 16-15 and took the lead at 17-16 with just under four and a half minutes to play in the half. Neither team scored the rest of the half.
The offense picked up in the third quarter. Magazine took a brief lead on a jumper by Thomas before Charleston ran off the next six points and led 23-18.
The Lady Tigers continued to lead the rest of the quarter going up by six, 29-23 with 4:48 left in the quarter before Magazine closed to 29-27 on two Thomas baskets.
It was back to a five-point deficit with 1:47 left in the quarter but Phillips put back her own miss and muscled her way inside with under a half minute to go in the quarter to get it back to a one point game at 34-33.