The Magazine Rattlers opened the season with a long bus ride to Eureka Springs, collecting their first win in the process.
Already no strangers to the bus, having played in a tip off classic at Johnson County Westside last week, the Lady Rattlers won convincingly in Eureka Tuesday to move to 2-1 on the season.
Though a conference opponent for years, and a potential 2A-4 West district tournament opponent, the wins are not reflected in conference records this year because of blended conference play.
Rattlers 65 Eureka Springs 52
The game was tied for the third time at 16-16 after James Burr answered JM Gregg’s second 3 of the quarter but Gregg’s third 3 made it 19-16.
Magazine scored the next 10 points, seven before the halftime intermission to make it 23-19, and three to start the second half for a 26-19 lead. Half of the points came from Randon Baumgartner, who scored.
The drought finally ended with a Carter Drennon basket with 4:56 left in the third quarter but Magazine went back to Burr and Matt Smith for three more baskets to build a double digit lead at 32-21.
The Highlanders, who suffered their first loss of the season, whittled the lead down to five on a 6-0 run capped by a pair of Gregg free throws but Magazine quickly pushed it back to 10 on a Chase Gibson basket and 11 when Gibson countered one Gregg free throws with two of his own.
Two more Gregg free throws cut it to 39-30 going to the final quarter.
Magazine (1-0) pushed the lead to as many as 16 on a Burr basket off an assist from Shaeffer Loyd with 5:23 to go and the Highlanders got no closer than 11 the rest of the way.
Burr, who led the way with 21 points and 10 rebounds, scored Magazine’s first five points of the final quarter and nine of the first 13 and Loyd followed with 7-of-8 free throw shooting to keep the Highlanders at bay.
Lady Rattlers 71 Eureka Springs 22
Kalyn Bryan started the assault with a 3 on the game’s first possession and although the Magazine press got two steals and a foul before Eureka even got off a shot it was 3-1 after a free throw.
Magazine (2-1) scored the next 24 points. Actually, Keaira Thomas scored the next eight and 10 of the next 13 — she had an assist to Rachael Phillips for a conventional 3-point play to account for the other three points.
Kia Yang scored off a steal, Kelsey Krigbaum dropped in a 3, Bryan a second 3 and Phillips had a second 3-point play before the Lady Highlanders scored from the floor for the first time.
After Eureka made it 27-3 just before the quarter ended, Magazine went on another 18-0 run that included seven more from Thomas — she finished with 17 and Kristin DuBroc getting into the scoring act.
It was 46-4 at the half after another free throw for the Lady Highlanders but the deficit would reach 52 on a rebound basket by Ashtyn Vanderhaak before Eureka scored the final seven points of the third quarter.
Dalan Duke hit a 3 and DuBroc had her fourth bucket of the night in the final quarter with her scoring total matching her team high eight rebounds..
Phillips reached double figures with 10. Hannah Smith was also in double figures with 14 on the night.