The Magazine Junior High Lady Rattlers and Rattlers were both overwhelmed by their Dover counterparts in the opening round of a tournament in Danville last Monday.
Dover never trailed in either game and ended up winning the girls game by 18 and boys game by 19.
The lopsided losses dropped both teams into Saturday games against Danville’s seventh grade teams. Due to holiday deadlines, accounts of those games will print next week.
The Rattlers and Lady Rattlers were scheduled to open a four game set with Two Rivers Monday then be idle until Nov. 29.
Dover 42 Lady Rattlers 24
Dover jumped to a 4-0 lead on a basket by Analia Besterfield and a couple of free throws by Savannah Noblett before Kiara Vasquez put in one of two free throws and scored again to cut it to 4-3 but that was as close as Magazine would get.
After Dover ran off the next eight points, a basket by Tannea Thomas got the Lady Rattlers (1-1) within 12-5 just before the opening quarter ended and a 3 by Hannah Green cut it to 14-8.
It was again a manageable deficit at 17-10 after Thomas’ second basket but a 3 by Besterfield and Josalyn Apple scored for the second time in the quarter and it was a double-digit deficit at 22-10.
Claire Curtis knocked down a jumper to make it 26-14 54 seconds into the third quarter but Dover went on a 14-0 run after that and led 40-14 with 56 seconds left in the third quarter. Besterfield had six of her game-high 18 in the run that included multiple turnovers by Magazine, which had 24 in the game.
Vasquez, who led Magazine with nine points, finally ended the run with a pair of free throws and she started the final quarter with a basket but was unable to add the and-one.
After a free throw by Jordyn Krigbaum and a 3 by Raymie Davis, subs finished the rest of the final quarter, including Kalyn Cotton scoring her first points of the season.
Dover 49 Rattlers 30
The Pirates scored the first 16 points of the game and it was never in doubt. Nate Bryan finally got Magazine on the board but the Pirates would go on to lead 20-2 through one period.
After baskets by Caleb Hyatt and Tatum Scott, the Pirates reeled off 10 more in a row, interrupted only by two free throws by Scott. A 3 by Josh Besterfield and Bryan’s second basket of the half made it 33-10 at the intermission.
Besterfield had 17 at that point and after Magazine chipped away with Tatum Scott scoring six of his 10 in the third quarter, and Magazine cutting the deficit to 35-22, he returned to the floor and finished with a game-high 21.
Justin Loveless also came back to the floor and wrapped up a 16 point night with six in the final quarter as he and Besterfield pushed the lead back to as many as 24 before William King, Brady Watson and Cole Gilbert logged points to set the final.