Magazine’s junior and senior high teams recorded a four game sweep of Oark Wednesday at Diamondback Arena in games that had been postponed on Jan. 12 due to the number of flu cases in Oark.
None of the games would be particularly close as Magazine held a double-digit lead at the intermission of each game.
In what was the most competitive of the night — it was a six point game midway through the third quarter — the Lady Rattlers’ win snapped a five game skid and for the junior high Lady Rattlers the decision was the 10th win of the year.
Lady Rattlers 51 Oark 33
The Lady Rattlers went on a 12-0 run after the game was tied at 4 but hit a dry spell, scoring only a Hannah Green free throw and a Reagan Pickartz basket in the second quarter, but that was enough for a 19-9 lead.
However, a 3 by Chastity Bohannon got the Lady Hornets to within 26-20 with 4:01 to play in the third quarter.
Oark actually had two possessions after that with it still a six-point game but couldn’t capitalize and three of four free throws by Kelsey Krigbaum pushed it to 29-20 at the 2:04 mark of the quarter.
Kiara Vasquez, who scored 23 to lead all player, scored in the final half minute of the quarter to make the lead nine points, 31-22.
A Krigbaum free throw — all seven of her points came at the line — and two by Vasquez had the lead at a dozen.
Then Pickartz torched the Lady Hornets. Limited to the two second quarter points at that juncture, the senior scored Magazine’s final 15 of the night, hitting three times from 3 and three more from inside the arc to finish with 17 points pushing the lead to 22 in the final minute.
Bohannon, who led Oark with 18 points, hit four straight free throws to set the final.
Rattlers 71 Oark 45
Magazine raced to a 25-7 lead through one quarter and was never really threatened.
Matt Smith broke a 2-2 tie but was pulled for a conversation shortly after that. When he returned to the floor, Smith scored 12 points in a row for his team, interrupted only by a free throw by Isaac Middleton, and it was 21-4.
Chase Gipson and Landen Gilbert added baskets before the quarter ended.
Smith would finish the game with 22 points and Gilbert had 12.
The Rattlers cooled off a little in the second quarter and the Hornets were able to cut the lead to 10 with 8 seconds left in the half on a basket by Dawson Boen, who scored 24 to lead all players, but a basket at the buzzer by Smith pushed the lead back to a dozen, 37-25.
That started a streak of Smith scoring 10 of 13 points for the Rattler with a 3 by Greb serving as the interruption, and with 5:05 to go in the third quarter the Rattlers led 48-27 and Smith was finished. A Gilbert basket made it 50-30 and he was done for the night as well.
Levi Wright scored in the final minute of the quarter and Magazine was up 54-32.
Wright was far from finished. He hit three 3s in the final quarter to finish with 11. Jesse Witt hit one as well for the Rattlers.
Jr. Lady Rattlers 32 Oark 15
Early on the Lady Rattlers did their damage one point at a time. Kylie Robinson scored Magazine’s first five points at the free throw line before Jordyn Krigbaum finally got a 3 to fall in the closing seconds of the quarter for an 8-3 lead.
Robinson and Krigbaum combined for another 10 points in the second quarter and the Lady Rattlers were in complete control at the half, leading 18-5.
Robinson would lead all players with 16 points and Krigbaum added 7.
Autum Morris started the second half scoring and after the lead reached 25-5, Kaj Vang and Elizabeth Green got into the scoring column for Magazine.
Greek scored again in the final quarter and Gracen Thompson added a basket.
Hannah Cummins and Destiny Hampton scored four points apiece to lead the Lady Hornets.
Jr. Rattlers 41 Oark 25
The Rattlers were up 19-0 after one quarter and starters were finished offensively.
Cameron Raggio had eight points in the quarter and Dan Witt hit a pair of 3s for Magazine.
William King was the Rattler offense in the second quarter, accounting for all five points while the Hornets were able to get the deficit to 24-11 with Cody Warren hitting two 3s.
Warren led the Hornets with eight points.
King added a third quarter field goal but that quarter belonged largely to Alex Smith who scored eight points and the Rattlers were up 35-16.
Brady Young and Braden Hunt added fourth quarter points for the Rattlers.