In May Magazine Lady Rattler head coach Randy May lost six players to graduation.
On Tuesday he started two seniors, one who did not play last season, two juniors who logged significant minutes last year, and a freshman, who obviously was playing junior high basketball.
The adjustment has not been pretty after a 17-0 second quarter run gave Lamar a 27-7 halftime lead and the Lady Warriors coasted to a 48-24 win in a tip off classic in Coal Hill. A night later Charleston ran off 28 straight points through the second and third quarters.
Lamar 48 Lady Rattlers 24
Early on Kelsey Krigbaum, a junior who saw playing time a year ago, kept Magazine in it. She scored all of her team’s first quarter points and the Lady Rattlers trailed just 10-5. Krigbaum finished with a team-high 8 points.
Kristin Dubroc, a senior who was making her first start, snagged a rebound and scored to make it 10-7 two minutes into the second quarter.
The points were the only ones of the night for Dubroc, but she pulled down six rebounds.
It stayed a 10-7 game until the 2:48 mark of the quarter when Taylor English scored inside. That started a 17-0 run that included three 3s by Angel Wyatt and another by Raylynn Judah at the buzzer that made it a 20-point lead for Lamar.
Wyatt scored 14 to lead all players and Judah added 12.
Out of halftime freshman Kiara Vasquez was fouled and hit two free throws for her first points as a senior high player. Vasquez followed the free throws up with her first basket before fouling out with 2:19 left in the third quarter.
After the whistle that had put Vasquez on the line, Lamar coach Brandon Schluterman yelled that the call was “weak.” Lamar did not have another foul called until the 6:26 mark of the final quarter — a span of 9:24.
A Regan Pickartz 3 ended the Magazine scoring in the third quarter and Hannah Smith, 4, and Hannah Green, 3, accounted for Magazine’s fourth quarter points.
Charleston 53 Magazine 21
Head coach Randy Loyd called time outs with Charleston leading 6-2, 9-3 and 11-3 trying to settle his team down.
Charleston called a time out up 11-5 early in the second quarter then proceeded to score 28 unanswered points until a 3 by Reagan Pickartz made it 39-8.
Pickartz scored again before the quarter ended but down 43-12 meant the final quarter was played under the Arkansas Activities Association’s sportsmanship rule.
In the final quarter the Lady Rattlers got 4 points from Hannah Smith and 4 more from Kiara Vasquez, who led the way with 7, and a basket from Hannah Green.
Twelve different Lady Tigers scored in the game, with the 8 by Lacey McKenzie. Hattie Newhart added 7.