Though in terms of games the count was just three, but the Magazine Lady Rattlers ended an almost three-week drought Thursday in the opening round of the Bill Frye Classic with a 49-40 win over Waldron.
The Lady Rattlers (6-9) were set to face Hackett for the second time in 10 days Friday night at 7.
The Rattlers (8-5) drew an opponent from across the state line and after trailing most of the second half forged a 64-64 tie only to see Arkoma end the game on a 9-0 run for a 73-64 decision.
Lady Rattlers 49 Waldron 40
The game turned in Magazine’s favor during a 14-0 run from the 2:08 mark of the second quarter through the 3:39 mark of the third, but the Lady Rattlers still had to fend off a late charge from the Lady Bulldogs.
When Jackie Diaz scored with 2:08 left in the first half the Lady Bulldogs, who had last led midway through the opening quarter and had last been tied at the 3:24 mark of the first quarter, were back even at 18-18.
A free throw by Kiara Vasquez gave the Lady Rattlers the lead back and two more by Vasquez made it 21-18 at the half.
Vasquez, who led all players with 24 points, was 5-of-6 at the line in the first half and 8-of-11 for the night. That included four and-one, three-point play opportunities, all of which the freshman cashed in on the way to a career high.
A conventional three- point play by Hannah Smith started the second half scoring and Magazine was up 24-18. Vasquez, Reagan Pickartz, Smith and Hannah Green all scored over the next four minutes to make it 32-18 before Jillian Davis ended the run.
A Vasquez three-point play pushed the lead to 35-20 before Chenoa Burdess hit a pair of free throws to make it 35-22.
Though she had just two points before the singles, Burdess would go on to finish with 14 and almost single-handedly kept her team in it.
Magazine stretched the lead out to 16 on another of Vasquez’s three-point plays with 6:06 left to make it 41-25. A pair of Samantha Slater free throws got it back to 14 and a 3 by Burdess made it 41-30.
After a couple of Kelsey Krigbaum free throws — she hit six straight over 2:25 — made it 43-30 Waldron scored the next six with Slater, Aubrey Butler and Lori Gallup all contributing to make it 43-36 with 1:31 left.
Four Krigbaum free throws more than offset one by Burdess but when Burdess hit a 3 with 56 seconds left it was 47-40.
Magazine played keep-away until Lauren Ryan was fouled with 16.7 seconds left. Ryan hit both and it was 49-40.
Arkoma, Okla. 73 Rattlers 64
The Rattlers erased an 11-point fourth quarter deficit, pulling even at 64-64 on a Matt Smith basket with 1:28 to play. Then it went south.
The Rattlers were down 66-64 when they got the ball on an overthrow of an inbound pass but Smith was whistled for a foul in the lane on a rebound though he argued he had been undercut by Arkoma’s Kobe Ragsdale.
Ragsdale was unable to hit the front end of the one-and-one after the call and Smith pulled down one of his four rebounds of the final quarter and Magazine had the ball with 54 seconds left still down two.
But, the turnover bug reared its head — the Rattlers were guilty of nine in the final quarter alone — and the Mustangs converted with Mykiah Oosawhe scoring with 40 seconds to go to make it 68-64.
A three-point play by Ragsdale after another turnover made it 71-64 with 26.5 ticks to play and Brandon Dye added a pair of free throws with 12.3 seconds left to complete the 9-0 run.
Oosahwe led the Mustangs with 25 followed by Ragsdale with 22 and Dye with 17.
Smith led the Rattlers with 25 as well, followed by Randon Baumgartner with 23.
Early on the Mustangs did damage from beyond the arc, hitting eight 3s in the first half — on their way to 13 in the game — but Magazine, who did not hit one in the entire game, kept pace behind Max Greb and Smith, who combined for 13 in the first quarter and the Rattlers led 18-16.
The game had been tied three times to that point and would be tied five more during a second quarter in which Smith scored 12 and Oosahwe countered with the same number for the Mustangs.
Arkoma led 40-34 with 33.9 seconds to play in the half but baskets by Baumgartner and Smith cut it back to 40-38 before a Mustang time out and a buzzer beater by Dye to make it a combined 80 point first half.
Arkoma led the entire third quarter, getting the advantage to as many as nine at 51-42 before Baumgartner scored six straight Rattler points and a basket by Landon Gilbert made it 58-52 with a quarter to play.
The Mustangs went on to lead 63-52 after a pair of Ragsdale free throws before Baumgartner, Smith and Gilbert led the comeback to tie it.