The Magazine Rattlers raced to a 10-0 lead Friday night at Hector and never led by less than six after the 2:39 mark of the opening quarter on their way to a 67-50 win.
The win gave the Magazine senior high a split after the Lady Rattlers lost 61-30. Magazine got the best of the Wildcats in the three-game set as the Junior Rattlers won the opener of the night, 31-24.
Rattlers 67 Hector 50
Landon Gilbert’s third basket in a span of 41 seconds gave the Rattlers (9-6) a 10-0 lead and after the Wildcats got on the scoreboard on baskets by Jadon Graham and Caleb Profitt cut it to 10-4. That was as close as the Wildcats got all night.
A pair of Randon Baumgartner baskets and another by Gilbert pushed the lead to 16-4 at the end of the quarter.
Both Baumgartner and Gilbert finished the night with 14 point. Baumgartner added 12 rebounds.
A 3 by Levi Wright made it 19-6 then Matt Smith, who did not start the game, took the game over the next four minutes, posting eight of his team’s next 10 points — the interruption coming from Gilbert.
Smith led the Rattlers with 18 points.
Gilbert also scored with 32 seconds to go in the half to give the Rattlers a 31-16 lead but Graham closed the half with five straight to cut the lead to 10, 31-21.
Graham had 12 at that point and was on his way to a game-high 29 for the Wildcats.
Magazine scored the first nine points of the second half to go up by 19 but, fouled on a shot for the second time in two seconds, Smith’s response resulted in a technical foul and Graham hit both freebies.
Graham’s next points were a four-point play. Later in the quarter he was fouled on another 3 and hit all three free throws.
Hector earned a technical of its own in the quarter and Wright hit one of the free throws and Magazine led by 15-18 the rest of the quarter.
Hector threatened to make it interesting getting within 55-45 on a 3 by Graham with 5:38 to go that give him 29, but Graham did not score again and the Rattlers pulled away.
Max Greb hit three fourth quarter free throws to join the double digit scoring party with 10.
Hector 61 Lady Rattlers 30
Hector opened the scoring with a 3 by McKenzie Hood. The Lady Wildcats would hit 10 3s — seven in the first half — and never trailed.
Magazine (6-11) was down 9-5 after Kelsey Krigbaum twice hit one of two free throws but Hood hit another 3 to make it 12-5 after a quarter.
Hood scored 11 for the Lady Wildcats.
A Regan Pickartz basket and a pair of Krigbaum free throws cut it to 12-9 with 5:40 left in the first half but Coutney Barnett, who led all players with 12 points, answered with a 3 and after a pair of Dana Martin free throws, Hood, Molly Haley and Paige Lee all hit 3s and it was 26-14.
A Lauren Ryan 3 made it 30-19 a minute into the second half but the Lady Wildcats took over with a 21-4 run the rest of the quarter and it was 51-23.
Pickartz, who led the Lady Rattlers with nine points, and Hannah Smith accounted for the interruptions.
The Lady Wildcats also scored the first five points of the final quarter to enact the sportsmanship rule.
Whitney Bell was the third Lady Wildcat in double figures with 10.
Jr. Rattlers 31 Hector 24
With 2:54 left in the game a Tatum Scott basket gave the Rattlers (3-8) a 20-15 lead, which was the biggest lead for either side to that point.
The Wildcats however ran off seven straight points in 50 seconds and took a 22-20 lead on a Trey Smedley basket.
The Rattlers got a free throw from Scott and a go-ahead layup after a steal by Ashton Droemer.
Scott fed Cameron Raggio for two of his game-high 13 and it was 25-22 with 1:22 to play. Droemer stole the ball and converted an old fashioned 3 to make it 28-22 16 seconds later.
A free throw by Raggio and a Nate Bryan basket made it an 11-0 run and had the Rattlers up 31-22.
Magazine scored 17 points in the fourth quarter, which was the same number the two teams combined to score in the first half, with Hector leading 9-8.
In addition to his 13 points, Raggio had 12 rebounds. Droemer finished with nine points, all in the second half and Scott had four assists, all to Raggio. Wade Farish led Hector with seven points.