Only win of the night for visitors.
Mountainburg was looking for a sweep Friday night going into the final game of a four game set but Matt Smith scored 35 points and pulled down eight rebounds in a 77-62 decision over the district, but not conference foe.
The game was tied at 2 and 4 early before the Dragons opened a 14-4 lead with 4:07 to go in the first quarter.
In the span of two minutes Magazine got a pair of Max Greb free throws — he had been fouled on a try for 3 — then 6 straight points from Randon Baumgartner, a basket from Greb and another from Baumgartner to draw even at 16-16.
The game was tied again at 19 and 21 before the quarter ended as Baumgartner added 3 more for an 11 point quarter.
Baumgartner finished with 21 points and eight rebounds for the Rattlers. Winston Shepherd had scored 12 for the Dragons in the quarter as well and would finish with 15.
The second quarter belonged almost entirely to Smith.
After Chase Gibson scored to give Magazine the lead Smith scored his team’s next 6 points and after a Baumgartner basket with 5:53 left in the half game Magazine a 31-21 lead, Smith scored 11 straight more for the Rattlers. He scored the final points of the half after Landen Gilbert interrupted the show briefly, and it was 46-32 at the half.
A three-point play by Smith made it 51-33 with 5:08 left in the third quarter before Mountainburg climbed with 51-40 in just 62 seconds.
It was 52-44 with 52 seconds left in the quarter but Smith scored to end the quarter and Gilbert and Smith pushed it to 60-44 with 7:31 to go.
Successive three-point play opportunities — one converted, on not — put Magazine up 19, 65-46 and one fan was apparently so angry he left the building.
The lead was 17, 70-53 when Smith hit one of two technical foul shots when Mountainburg was whistled for having six players on the floor.
The deficit would reach 20 on a free throw and basket by Xeng Yang before Mountainburg scored the last 5 points of the night.
Dillon Jones was the only other player in double figures, scoring 10 for Mountainburg.
Mountainburg 52 Sr. Lady Rattlers 26
A Kelsey Krigbaum 3-pointer got the Lady Rattlers within 6-3 at the 6:10 mark of the opening quarter but that was as close as it would get.
A Kiara Vasquez free throw made it 13-4 about five minutes later. Vasquez would go on to score eight of the next nine for her squad, interrupted only by a Hannah Green free throw, and the Lady Dragons were up 29-12 at the half.
Vasquez led the Lady Rattlers with 10 points and six rebounds on the night.
By the end of the third quarter the Mountainburg lead had grown to 24 and a basket by Breanna Peavy made it 50-20, starting the continuous clock with 4:15 remaining.
Threes by Krigbaum and Lauren Ryan, who both scored 6, accounted for the remaining Magazine points.
Gretta Rutherford scored 15 to lead Mountainburg. Emily France and Kassy Pense both scored 8.
Mountainburg 34 Jr. Rattlers 10
As ugly as the final score is there was a point Magazine had a chance to make it a game.
Down 16-10 late in the third quarter the Rattlers had two possessions with which they could have cut into the lead. Instead Mountainburg scored the next 18 points.
The fourth quarter shutout for the Rattlers was their second of the game – Mountainburg led 4-0 after a quarter.
That lead was cut to 4-3 when Daniel Witt was fouled on a 3 attempt and hit all three free throws. Magazine actually took a 5-4 lead on a basket by Nat Bryan with 3:22 left in the first half, but would not score again in the half.
An Ethan Gregory 3 gave the Dragons the lead back. Another 3 from Gregory, who led the way with 12 points, and a basket by Sam Ortlieb made it 12-5 at the half.
Tatum Scott, seeing his first action since an injury against Hackett, scored Magazine next five points and it was 16-9. A Camereon Raggio free throw made it 16-10 with 1:41 left in the third quarter.
A conventional three-point play by Waylon Cluck made it 19-10 and started the game ending run for the Dragons.
Mountainburg 44 Jr. Lady Rattlers 29
The Lady Rattlers led 4-1 early on baskets by Jordyn Krigbaum and Gracen Thompson, but Mountainburg scored the next 7 points and never trailed again. A basket by Katie Ayala, who scored 17 points, gave the Lady Dragons the lead.
Magazine had a chance to retake the lead at the free throw line by Kylie Robinson couldn’t get one to fall with 4:05 left in the opening quarter.
That set a trend of the Lady Rattlers missing nine straight before Krigbaum hit two of three when fouled on a 3 point shot. Those two were in the middle of an 8-0 run that included two at the line from Robinson, getting the Lady Rattlers within 31-20 with 5:51 to play.
Three times in the quarter Magazine got within 10, the last on a Raymie Davis basket with 3:00 to play, but no closer.
Late in the game Elizabeth Greek and 13 scored their first points of the season, ironically at the free throw line where the Lady Rattlers finished 9-of-26.