Taking on Two Rivers in what has become a Thanksgiving week tradition, the Magazine Rattlers and Lady Rattlers played before a home crowd last week as the late portion of a four game set that also included Magazine’s junior high teams facing their Gator counterparts.
Magazine got a split of the night’s action with both boys teams winning while both girls teams were dealt a defeat.
Sr. Rattlers 56 Two Rivers 49
The Rattlers scored the first six points of the game — Matt Smith provided the assist for the first two baskets and dunked after a steal to make it 6-0 — and never trailed, though there were several tense moments.
Two assists by Shaffer Loyd, one each to Randon Baumgartner and one to James Burr gave Magazine a 10-4 lead with 4:38 left in the quarter but his next assist, to Burr again, came after Two Rivers had gotten within 10-9 on a basket by Anthony Dominguez.
Magazine (3-0) pushed the lead to as many as eight on Smith’s third basket of the night but settled for a 20-14 lead through a quarter.
The Rattlers opened a double digit lead at 27-16 on a bucket by Smith with 3:41 to play in the first half but then went silent for the next 2:32 and Two Rivers chipped the deficit to a half dozen on baskets by Cody Davenport and Jake Powell, a duo responsible for 35 points with Davenport’s 18 leading all scorers.
After a Max Greb basket ended the drought the Gators got a 3 from Davenport to close the half with Magazine up 29-24.
Davenport started the second half with another 3 and it was 29-27 but free throws by Burr and a basket by Baumgartner pushed the lead back to six before Davenport and Lane Benefield both scored to cut it to 33-32 with 4:54 to play in the third.
Two Rivers’ final four points of the quarter came on Powell free throws but Magazine had gone on a 8-0 run with baskets from Greb, Baumgartner, Smith and Greb again.
Smith and Cory Yates traded free throws in the first minute of the final quarter before Magazine began to pull away. A Loyd bucket with 3:18 made it a 10-point game and a free throw from Burr had Magazine up 52-41 with 2:57 to go.
Still, Two Rivers mounted a challenge cutting it to 52-47 with 1:54 to go on a Yates basket.
A score from Smith and two Burr free throws in the final 26 seconds were enough to hold off the Gators.
Smith led the way for Magazine with 14 on the night and Baumgartner and Burr had 13 apiece.
Two Rivers 47 Sr. Lady Rattlers 33
The Lady Gators had 10 field goals to Magazine’s 12 but Two Rivers shot 42 free throws, converting 27 to pick up the win.
A pair of Rachael Phillips baskets in the opening quarter staked Magazine (3-2) to a 6-5 lead through a quarter but an 8-of-10 free throw shooting exhibition in the second quarter helped the Lady Gators to a 25-17 lead.
Magazine compounded the matter themselves by missing the front end of three straight one-and-ones before Aubrie Davis finally scored the Lady Rattlers’ first points from the line with 1:16 left in the half.
By halftime Grace Coates already had 15 points and was on her way to a game-high 26.
After having gone to the line eight times in the first half for two shot fouls, Two Rivers got four more two shot opportunities in the third quarter and made five free throws to stretch the lead to 32-21 as Magazine got one of four free throws from Phillips and a basket from Kelsey Krigbaum.
The Lady Rattlers got no closer than 10 the rest of the night.
Phillips and Keaira Thomas, who was throughout the night saddled with foul trouble that contributed to the plethora of Lady Gator free throws, led Magazine with eight apiece.
Jr. Rattlers 41 Two Rivers 34
The Gators jumped out to a 7-0 lead just 1:44 into the game before Tatum Scott scored the first two of his 19. Scott had a second basket and Brady Watson also scored to cut Two Rivers lead to 9-6. Myles Johnson pushed the lead back to 11-6 for Two Rivers.
Scott would finish with 19 for Magazine (3-1) while Johnson scored 20 for Two Rivers.
Two Rivers led by as many as eight and maintained at least a four point lead the rest of the half. It was 14-10 after a basket by Cameron Raggio and 19-15 after Nate Bryan scored 23 seconds before the break.
Raggio and Johnson traded baskets — Raggio was unable to convert a three point play — before Magazine scored eight straight and took the lead. Scott scored six of the points but it was Caleb Hyatt that had the go-ahead score with 3:51 to go in the third.
Two Rivers battled back with five points from Johnson and led 28-27 going to the fourth.
A free throw by Scott tied the game at 28 and Raggio, who scored 8, gave Magazine the lead back for good.
Two Rivers’ next three points came at the line in 50 percent shooting by Coates and Johnson but by then, with 1:50 to play, Magazine was up 37-31 as Bryan, Raggio Hyatt and Scott had all contributed.
Two more Scott layups made it 41-31 in the final minute and a 3-point play from Coates got Two Rivers with 7 with 30 seconds to go.
Two Rivers 46 Jr. Lady Rattlers 26
Clara Prater and Kaitlin Hunnicutt combined for 32 first half points and Two Rivers was never challenged.
After the Lady Gators scored the first five points a basket by Raymie Davis made it 5-2 and it was never closer because Magazine’s next score, from Taryn Leslie, made it 13-4.
A Hannah Green free throw and three points from Kiara Vasquez doubled the Lady Rattler output but it was 38-8 at the half.
Vasquez got untracked in the third quarter, accounting for all nine of the Lady Rattler points, finishing a 12 point night, and getting the Magazine (2-2) within 44-17.
The final quarter saw Kylie Robinson score six, Gracin Thompson drop in a free throw and Carlee Parrish score her first points of the season at the buzzer to cut the deficit to and even 20, 46-26.