Father-in-law and son-in-law met each other for the first time as opposing head coaches of senior high teams last Tueday in Scranton with Tyler Hammers, the son-in-law, and the Scranton Rockets beating Buck Chappell and the Magazine Rattlers, 50-40.
Chappell and the Rattlers got 17 points from both Matt Smith and Randon Baumgartner but only six other points in the game. Hammers and the Rockets got 16 points from Cobey Pintado, 15 from Alex Bailey and 10 from Brady Shelton.
The two teams traded baskets for almost a quarter and a half before the Rockets used a 9-0 run to end the half to take a 24-16 lead and ultimately seize control of the game.
The score had been tied at 2, 8, and 10 in the first quarter and again at 14 after a Baumgartner basket with 5:31 left in the first half. A free throw by Bailey gave the Rockets a 15-14 lead. Baumgartner gave Magazine the lead back with 4:52 left in the half.
Magazine then became turnover prone, finishing the second quarter with five turnovers and the first half with nine.
After the teams traded baskets to start the second half the Rattlers drew within 26-23 before Scranton again pushed it to 31-23. Again the Rattlers battled back, this time to within two, 31-29, but the Rockets closed the quarter with a 9-1 run and led 38-30 after three quarters.
The Rattlers got free throws from Smith and a Baumgartner basket to cut the deficit in half, but with 4:23 left Scranton pulled out to its biggest lead to that point at 43-34.
Magazine got only as close as 43-38 on a rebound tip in by Smith but, Scranton made of four of six free throws down the stretch to put the game away.
Chappell will get a chance to even the score when the Rockets visit Magazine to close out the regular season on Feb. 9.
Scranton 47 Lady Rattlers 37
Scranton’s Kristy Kohler scored 10 of her 20 points in the final quarter as Scranton pulled away from the Lady Rattlers.
After a Hannah Smith bucket less than a minute into the final quarter the game was tied at 29. A couple of Kohler free throws broke the tie and a 3 by Kristen Stehle gave the Lady Rockets a 34-29 edge. A lob inside to Kohler gave Scranton a seven-point lead with 5:36 remaining, matching their largest of the night to that point.
Smith, who scored eight, cut it back to five but the Lady Rockets got a 3 from Joshlyn Terry and two more lobs to Kohler and led 43-31 with 2:19 to play.
A pair of Kelsey Krigbaum baskets – she scored eight points – and another by Kiara Vasquez cut it to 43-37 but four straight free throws by Stehel, the second set coming on an intentional foul, pushed it back to a double digit lead with 25.2 seconds to go.
Magazine had led by as many as four points in the first quarter before Scranton went on a 7-0 run to take the lead. The Lady Rockets built a 20-13 lead before Magazine went on an 8-0 run of their own to lead 21-20 after a 3 by Lauren Ryan with 1:56 left in the half.
The game was tied at 27 after a basket by Rachel Siebenmorgen at the third quarter buzzer.
Vasquez scored 12 points to lead Magazine. Stehle was also in double figures for Scranton with 12.