A pair of senior high teams with minimal players available met with predictably lopsided outcomes Tuesday night in Magazine.
The Lady Rattlers and their roster of six available players took a 57-31 beting and the seven Rebels of Johnson County Westside absorbed a 65-31 pounding by the Rattlers, who had 12 players score.
Earlier in the evening the Junior Lady Rattlers were also on the short end of a one-sided game, 33-14, and in the most competitive game of the night, the Junior Rattlers beat the Rebels 39-31.
Rattlers 65 JC Westside 31
The Rattlers scored the first eight points of the night but the Rebels kept it respectable for the next three minutes, getting within 12-7 before Magazine went on a big run.
The Rattlers were up 18-7 by the end of the first quarter and pushed the run to 23-0 by the 3:25 mark of the second quarter, making it 35-7 before Jusiahus Muniz scored the next five points of the game.
The end of the 23-0 run came on a 3 by Trevor Blake as head coach Buck Chappell pulled his first team. By that point Randon Baumgartner had already scored 16 points — he wouldn’t score again — and Matt Smith had eight and also wouldn’t score again.
By halftime Caleb Hyatt and Levi Wright had gotten into the scoring act and it was 38-12.
Chappell started his five seniors to start the third quarter and Ethan Chenowith and Ethan Cox pushed the lead to 43-14.
Five juniors took over after Cox’s bucket and Chase Gibson scored five of his 11 points before the quarter ended and Max Greb hit a 3 to make it 50-27.
Sophomores worked the rest of the way and Jacob Hall scored seven points to go along with four from Hyatt, and baskets from Ryan Robinson and Tsij Neej Vang.
Muniz led the Rebels with 15 points.
JC Westside 57 Lady Rattlers 31
The Lady Rebels led 16-0 just 5:22 into the game before Kiara Vasquez finally got the Lady Rattlers onto the scoreboard.
Vasquez scored again with 6:15 left in the half to make it 20-4 but Westside ran off 17 more in a row and, after a Reagan Pickartz basket, got a 3 from Allyson Smith to make it 40-6 at the half.
Westside starters pushed the lead to 47-10 just 2:11 into the second half. After the Lady Rattlers cut it to 47-19 on one 3 by Pickartz and two by Kesley Krigbaum, the Lady Rebels regulars returned and took a 51-20 lead through three quarters.
Krigbaum hit two more 3s in the final quarter and, with a free throw, scored a team-high 12. Vasquez finshed with 11.
Lauryn Brasel led Westside with 23 points. Madison Shleton added 10. Kelsey Criss and Smith both scored nine.
Jr. Rattlers 39 JC Westside 31
Daniel Witt hit a 3 to break a 15-15 tie just 10 seconds into the third quarter. Scoreless in the first half, Witt scored 12 second half points to lead the Rattlers (7-10), who never trailed again in their final game of the week.
After Witt scored Nate Bryan made it a five point game before a free throw and a basket by Jagger Phillips cut it back to two. Another Bryan bucket — he finished with 10 points — made it 22-18 through three quarters.
A basket by Cameron Raggio made it a six point game and Westside spent the next two and a half minutes answering baskets before Peyton Chrisman scored with 3:09 left to make it 28-26.
Tatum Scott and Witt pushed it back to six and a 3 by Witt made it 35-27 with 1:36 left.
Westside got it to 37-31 with 24 second to go but a technical foul sent Witt to the free throw line with 21 seconds to go to wrap it up.
Westside had led by as many as nine in the first half before the Rattlers went on an 11-2 second quarter run to tie it at the half. Raggio finished the run with the final four points and finished the night with eight points.
JC Westside 33 Lady Rattlers 14
The Lady Rattlers atually took a 4-3 lead in the final minute of the opening quarter after a Kylie Robinson free throw.
Then it got rough. So rough that after one play on the offensive end that left Robinson on the floor and head coach Randy Loyd ask for an explanation. Instead he got a technical foul.
Evy Hunt hit a free throw that made it 11-4 but it was still a manageable, 13-6 at the half.
An Autumn Morris bucket made it 13-8 early in the third quarter and with both Raymie Davis and Robinson being tagged with their third fouls and Morris her fourth, Westside pulled out to a 25-10 lead through three quarters.
The final Lady Rattler points came from Kaj Siad Vang and Diondra Neve after the Lady Rebels were up by 23.
Kaylee Hays led Westside with 10. Robinson had five for Magazine.