Both the Magazine Junior High Rattlers and Lady Rattlers ran into the host teams at Lavaca last week in the 2A4 West district tournament and both saw theirs season come to an end.
For the Lady Rattlers (9-11) a rematch with Lavaca in Wednesday’s quarterfinals was nothing like a 16 point loss in December in what was a nonconference game. For the Rattlers (12-8) a game closing 15-2 run in the semifinals Thursday turned a close game into a comfortable win for Lavaca.
Lady Rattlers 37 JC Westside 30
The Lady Rattlers and Lady Rebels met twice this year with Magazine winning by 11 and 13 points. It looked like another double digit win was in the making in Monday night’s district tournament opener before the Lady Rattlers settled for a 37-30 win.
Then things got interesting. It was 27-15 after Hannah Green hit a free throw with 1:33 left in the third quarter but Gwen Turpin drained a 3 and was knocked down and although she couldn’t make it a four point play it was 27-18.
Allyson Smith hit another 3 and it was 27-21 and when Graci Domerese scored it was an 8-0 run in 57 seconds and Westside was within 27-23.
Kiara Vasquez ended the run with an old fashioned three point play and it was 30-23 going to the final quarter.
A pair of Turpin free throws cut it back to five an another 3 by her made it a 32-28 game with 4:16 left.
Vasquez, who was the Lady Rattler offense with 29 points, hit three free of four free throws over the next 55 seconds to get it back to seven at 35-28 and she scored again with 1:38 to go to make it 37-28.
Smith had a pair of free throws to set the final. She finished with a team-high 11 points and Turpin scored eight.
Early on the Lady Rebels showed no fear of the Lady Rattlers, leading the entire first quarter until a free throw by Taryn Leslie tied it at 3-3 with 1:19 left in the first quarter.
Westside scored four points in the opening minute of the second quarter to go in front 8-6 prompting Randy Loyd to take a time out. Out of the stoppage Vasquez hit a free throw, Raymie Davis scored on a steal and layup and Vasquez scored four more points to run the run to 9-0 and a 15-8 lead.
Smith cut it back to 15-11 with a 3 and Vasquez finished a 13 point first half with a free throw for a 16-11 lead.
Green, Jordyn Krigbaum and Vasquez all contributed to run the lead to 12 before the 8-0 run by Westside.
Rattlers 49 Mountainburg 40
The fourth seeded Rattlers and fifth seeded Dragons went at each other through eight lead changes over the first quarter and 3:50 of the second quarter before the Rattlers built a nine point lead by halftime.
Magazine got six straight points from Caleb Hyatt — on his way to 27 — and led 6-5 at the 3:56 mark of the first quarter. A three-point play by Hyatt made it 11-7 but Ethan Gregory, who scored 19 himself scored 10 straight for Mountainburg on the way to a 12-11 lead.
Cameron Raggio gave the Rattlers the lead back and Tatum Scott stretched it to 15-12 before a 3 by Waylon Cluck tied it again at 15 before the quarter ended.
The pace slowed early in the second quarter and the game was tied at 20-20 after a 3 by Gregory with 2:31 left in the first half.
After Hyatt gave the Rattlers the lead, Raggio blocked shots on consecutive possessions and a three-point play by Hyatt and a basket by Raggio pushed it to 27-20. Hyatt completed a 17 point first half to push it 29-20.
Raggio finished with eight points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots. Scott had nine points on the night.
Three Hyatt free throws had Magazine up 32-20 with 4:46 to play in the third quarter but Gregory started getting help on offense for the Dragons and by the 1:32 mark of the quarter another 3 by Cluck had the Dragons within 34-33.
Hyatt and Jacob Hall finished the quarter with baskets for a 38-33 cushion.
Mountainburg got within 38-35 on a basket by Ethan Jones, but Jones missed an and one, and that was as close as it got.
Hyatt scored with 1:11 to go to make it 46-37 but a 3 by Jones cut it back to a two possession game with 59 seconds left.
Lavaca 38 Lady Rattlers 37
With 2:40 left Lavaca had the ball and a 36-28 so head coach Justin Wyles opted to burn clock. It almost burned the Lady Golden Arrows.
Magazine head coach Randy Loyd finally got in a time out 1:24 later on a dead ball and the Lady Rattlers tied to foul to get the Lady Arrows to the free throw line. They managed to do so on a shooting foul and Mairady Dempsey missed twice with 1:59 left.
Raymie Davis hit a 3 17 seconds later and it was 36-31. After a turnover Kiara Vasquez was fouled on a shot and a technical was called due to the reaction. Vasquez, who scored 27 points, got to of the free throws to fall and with the extra possession she scored again to make it 36-35 with 49 seconds to go.
Dempsey, who scored 19 points, was fouled on a breakaway by Taryn Leslie with 43.2 left and after a conference officials decided to make it an intentional foul. Dempsey hit both free throws and Magazine sent her back to the line for a one-one-one with 41.7 seconds to go and she missed.
Vasquez scored with 13 seconds to go to make it 38-37 and the Lady Rattlers sent Dempsey back to the line with 5 seconds to play. She missed the front end of the one and one but the clock ran out during a battle for the rebound.
After Lavaca scored first Magazine ran off 10 straight points in the first quarter, all by Vasquez, and led until the 2:51 mark of the second quarter.
Lavaca took its first lead on a 3 by Dempsey but the Lady Rattlers went back in front 22-20 on a three point play by Davis but Lavaca scored six points in the final half minute and led 26-22 at the half.
Twice in the third quarter the Lavaca lead was eight but a Hannah Green basket cut it to 32-26 through three quarters. It was eight again when Kylie Robinson scored to make it 34-28 with 5:02 to play.
The lead was back to eight when the stall strategy began.
Lavaca 49 Jr. Rattlers 34
Early in the fourth quarter Cameron Raggio scored in the lane and Magazine, once down as many as 10 and clawed within 34-32.
That’s when the Golden Arrows’ Tucker Marshal took the game over. Scoreless to that point, Marshal scored for Lavaca on the next trip and after a Magazine turnover took a pass for a layup and it was 38-32.
After a 3 by Andrew Wright the lead was back to nine at 41-32 before Tatum Scott stopped the run.
Wright went on to score twice more — and finish with nine points — before a Caleb Hyatt fee throw accounted for the final Magazine point.
Hyatt had his second big night of the tournament with 17 points to lead all players. He also had seven rebounds. Jayger Wagner led Lavaca with 13 points and Wright added 12.
Scott, who scored eight for Magazine, hit a 3 to start the scoring but Lavaca scored the next seven points. Magazine battled back to tie t at 7-7 on buckets by Nate Bryan and Hyatt but Wagner hit a 3 just before the first quarter buzzer for a 10-7 lead and Lavaca would not trail again.
By the end of the first half Lavaca had built a 23-13 lead as Wright closed the first half scoring with a 3.
Jacob Hall it two free throws to start the second half and Magazine got back in it behind Hyatt and Scott, cutting it to 34-30 through three quarters.