Both losing and winning streaks came to an end Friday night at Diamondback Arena.
The Magazine Jr. High Rattlers snapped a seven-game skid with a 36-19 win over Danville in the opener but in senior high action it was the Little Johns putting an end to a six game winning streak by the Rattlers with a 60-50 decision.
In between those game the senior high Lady Rattlers were abused, 64-40.
Junior Rattlers 36 Danville 19
Cameron Raggio scored 14 points, grabbed nine rebounds and blocked four shots and the Rattlers (2-8) led from the 2:46 mark of the opening quarter.
Nate Bryan hit a shot at that point to make it 4-2 and Magazine scored 6 points in the span of 41 seconds to go up 8-2.
After a Julian Bacarra basket made it 8-4, Brady Watson scored his second basket to make it 10-4. Terrell Macon got the Little Johns within 10-6 before the quarter ended.
It was 12-9 with 2:53 left in the first half but Raggio scored his second basket 29 seconds late and Magazine was up five. Bacarra cut it to 3 again but Dan Witt hit a 3 and Magazine led 17-11 at the half.
Macon, who led Danville with 9 points, started the second half scoring but after a pair of Watson baskets it was 21-13 with 3:57 left in the third quarter. Watson scored 8 for the Rattlers and pulled down five rebounds.
Three Tatum Scott points and a conventional three-point play by Raggio had the Rattlers up 27-16 through three.
That started a streak of 8 straight points for Raggio for the Rattlers and it was 32-19 with 2:31 to play in the game.
Baskets by Scott and Raggio finished it.
Danville 60 Rattlers 50
The Rattlers, who had survived three straight games with late game magic, including a pair of overtime wins, never led in the game.
A Randon Baumgartner basket tied it at 4-4 three minutes into the contest but Quentin Tolbert gave the Little Johns the lead back on the next possession.
It was 14-6 when Max Greb hit a 3 with a minute left in the opening quarter. That was the first of what would be six 3s for the junior.
His second, however, came on the final shot of the first half, by which time the Little Johns had opened a 17-point lead.
Greb started the second half like he ended the first, with a 3 and it was 31-20.
Danville continued to lead by nine to 11 over the next four minutes, mainly because Ben Cantrell scored 8 straight for his side, until Greb hit his third 3 of the quarter and it was 40-34, but his next 3 cut it only to 44-37 and the lead was 46-39 after three quarters.
A pair of Matt Smith free throws and a conventional three point play by Baumgartner got it back to six and Smith, who finished with 16 points, scored again to make it 50-46 with 2:19 left.
Danville, who would be scoreless for 3:42 then hit 10 of 10 free throw tries over the final 1:21, interrupted only by a Smith basket with 1:05 left that made it 52-48 and another by Baumgartner that made it 56-50.
The only Little John in double figures, Cantrell led all players with 19. Both Tristan Drywater and Andy Angkham scored 9.
Danville 64 Lady Rattlers 40
Head coach Randy Loyd used three time outs in the first quarter to try to slow the Lady Little Johns, who sprinted to a 15-2 lead before four minutes were gone.
Thirteen was as close as the Lady Rattlers (5-8) would get until the 3:31 mark of the second quarter when Hannah Green completed a 7-0 run with her second basket of the night, cutting a Danville lead from 31-14 to 31-21.
Danville scored the next 7 to go in at the half leading 38-21. The Lady Little Johns also opened the second half with a conventional three point play by Hally Rial and the deficit was 20.
Rial scored 17 for the Lady Little Johns but it was Maddi Stanley who led the way with 19.
After a Kiara Vasquez basket, Danville ran off 15 more in a row to lead 56-23. Kesley Krigbaum, who scored 14 to lead Magazine, hit a 3 with 1:40 left in the third to cut it to 29 and a basket by Vasquez, who scored 8, got it under 30 again with 53 seconds left in the quarter.
Danville stretched it to 62-27 before Lauren Ryan hit a 3 but it wasn’t enough to get under the sportsmanship threshold.
The only points for Danville the rest of the way came from Grace Erdelen. Magazine got 4 from Reagan Pickartz and a Lauren Littleton basket in a 10 point quarter to cut into the Danville lead.