When Western Yell County visited Magazine in December the Rattlers needed overtime to survive the Wolverines. When the teams met again Friday the Rattlers had far less trouble, opening a 20-point lead by halftime and coasting to a 69-44 win.
The Lady Rattlers (7-13), after more than five scoreless minutes in the final quarter, dropped a 32-28 decision to the Lady Wolverines.
In the opener of the three-game set the Junior High Rattlers (6-9) scored the first five points of an overtime session to beat the Junior Wolverines 40-36.
Rattlers 69 Western Yell 44
Three days after going scoreless in Scranton, it took Max Greb three seconds to put the first points on the board at Havana, scoring on an assist from Randon Baumgartner after Baumgartner controlled the opening tip.
The Rattlers (10-8) never trailed in the game breaking away from a 5-5 tie with eight straight points and 11 of the next 13 to open a 16-7 lead.
Matt Smith and Baumgartner accounted for all 11 of those points and by the end of a 27-14 first quarter had already combined for 20 points.
Smith would go on to score 17 first half points and Baumgartner 13. Baumgartner matched Smith with 17 for the second time during the week before both coaches turned the game over to their benches.
Greb, who finished with 12 points, hit a 3 to open the second quarter scoring for the Rattlers and Magazine built a lead as big as 24 before settling for an even 20 point, 47-27 advantage on a basket by Jesse Witt heading into the break.
After a pair of Baumgartner buckets and assists by Smith to Landen Gilbert and Greb it was 55-30.
Once the game was in the hands of the second group the Rattlers only stretched their lead, to as many as 29, as Caleb Hyatt scored six points before the third quarter ended.
Although the 30 point threshold was never breached, the fourth quarter was played with a running clock and Magazine managed only another basket by Hyatt, a pair of free throws by Jack Kirbo and a Ethan Chenowith bucket.
Western Yell 32 Lady Rattlers 28
Although Western Yell hit only one first quarter field goal and only three in the first half, the Lady Rattlers trailed the entire first half other than a stretch of five and a half minutes while the game remained tied at 6-6.
At that point the only Lady Wolverine basket was a 3 by Kenia Gomez. Free throws by Maddie Lewis, Andrea Balbuena and Gomez accounted for the rest of the scoring.
Magazine countered with a pair of Hannah Smith baskets and one by Kiara Vasquez with 28 seconds left in the first quarter.
A pair of Balbuena free throws broke the tie with 2:57 left in the first half and another Gomez basket made it 10-6 33 seconds later.
Smith got Magazine on the board with a free throw and she hit two more with 58.2 seconds to go in the half to make it 10-9 but a free throw by Bottoms and a 3 by Fanny Hernandez made it 14-10 at the half.
After a Vasquez free throw got the Lady Rattlers into double digits Western Yell took a 16-10 lead on two more Bowden free throws.
Magazine then went on an 8-0 run to take the lead. Kelsey Krigbaum hit a 3 and two free throws but the go-ahead points were courtesy of a three-point play by Hannah Green with 4:07 left in the quarter.
The Lady Wolverines tied it on a basket by Hernandez but Smith hit two free throws and a three point play by Vasquez had Magazine up 23-19.
Bowden scored at the quarter buzzer and hit two more free throws to tie the game with 7:50 to play.
Smith, who led the Lady Rattlers with 13 points and had seven rebounds, gave Magazine the lead back but Vazquez was whistled for her fifth foul on the offensive end with 5:51 remaining and the game tied at 25. The only points scored until only 1:26 remained were baskets by Lewis, Hernandez and Balbuena and it was 29-25.
At that point a hard foul sent Lauren Ryan to the bench and with only Lauren Littleton eligible on the bench, the sophomore came on and hit one of two free throws to make it 29-26.
Rose made it 31-26 in favor of WYC before Smith scored with 15 seconds to go to make it a one possession game but a free throw by Balbuena with 7 seconds left dashed any hopes of overtime.
Junior Rattlers 40 Western Yell 36
Daniel Witt shot the Rattlers into the lead in the final quarter but it was a Tatum Scott free throw with 0.6 seconds to go that forced overtime.
The Rattlers took their first lead with 3:30 left in the first half on a basket by Scott and opened what would be their biggest lead of the night on a 3 by Witt that made it 14-9.
Witt hit his second 3 with 2:27 left in the third quarter to break a tie at 16 and after a Brady Watson score it was 21-19. However, Western Yell scored the next seven points to take their own five point lead at 26-21.
Jonathan Diaz, who had not scored in the first half, scored 10 points in the third quarter for the Wolverines and finished with 14. Ladiz Avila also had two 3s in the quarter and also scored 14.
Scott, who scored 12 and pulled down 10 rebounds, hit a 3 to cut that to 26-24 before the quarter ended.
Witt hit his third 3 with 4:42 left to get the Rattlers within 28-27 and 34 seconds later he dropped in his fourth and Magazine was back in front, 30-28.
A basket by Scott made it 32-28 with 1:46 to go, but he missed an and-one opportunity.
A pair of Diaz free throws cut it to 32-30 and a three point play with 8.3 seconds to go gave the Wolverines a 33-32 edge.
Scott was fouled with six-tenths of a second left and, though he had missed three straight at the line, he hit the first attempt to tie the game.
Witt, who had three assists along with his 12 points, fed Cameron Raggio, who had scored Magazine’s first nine points and finished with a team-high 14, for a basket at the 2:35 mark of overtime and after a pair of Scott free throws it was 37-33.
Another by Raggio with 20.6 seconds to go had Magazine up by five again, 38-33 before a 3 by Jacob Ceja made it a one possession game with 13 seconds left.
Out of a time out Scott bolted for the basket and scored with 5 seconds to go to wrap it up for the Rattlers.