The Magazine Junior High Lady Rattlers played their best game of the season against a conference foe before falling to Johnson County Westside 36-33 in the opening round of the district tournament in Danville last week
The loss came after a scoring adjustment with 2:12 to go.
Westside 36 Lady Rattlers 33
With 2:12 remaining in the game the scoreboard showed both teams with 29 points when a non-shooting foul was called on a Westside player.
With no discussion at the scorer’s table, and before the ball was in-bounded by Syndey Erp, the home — Westside — side of the scoreboard was increased one point to a 30-29 lead.
What precipitated the change is unclear. Westside had made one 3 point shot, which had given them a 24-20 lead in the third quarter.
Earlier in that quarter a basket was made on which the official closest to the player shooting the ball began to move his arm up to signal for a 3, but lowered it and motioned that the basket was good for only two points making the score 19-15.
After the fourth quarter scoring change, Erp passed the ball in to Kajsiab Vang who passed to Ana Mikles who scored to give the Lady Rattlers (4-13) the lead back.
A foul on the other end sent a Lady Rebel to the free throw line for an “and-one” opportunity that was missed, but the Lady Rebels were in front by the one point that had been added, 32-31
After a Westside bucket Vang scored for Magazine with 1:16 to play to make it 34-33 rather than a tie game.
Forced to foul Magazine would fall behind 35-33 after a free throw — Westside shot 19 in the second half to zero for the Lady Rattlers — and after being unable to score the Lady Rattlers would foul twice more, with the Lady Rebels adding a single point to make it 36-33.
Vang, Destiny Corley and Kenzie Robinson all scored eight points for Magazine. Corley and Robinson had both hit two 3s in the third quarter while the Lady Rattlers were trimming what was once an eight point deficit to one.
Baskets by Vang on either side of the quarter break and one by Corley gave the Lady Rattlers a lead and kept them in front at 29-26 with 3:52 to go before three made free throws tied the game and the scoring adjustment.
Danville 35 Rattlers 24
A James Haugh basket cut a Danville lead to 7-6 in the first quarter but the Little Johns scored the next 13 points and were never seriously threatened again.
Nate Smith finally ended the run with a 3 but it would be the only Rattler points in the quarter and Danville led 23-9 at the half.
Ethan Vasquez cored four third quarter points but Magazine continued to trail by double digits.
Trace Nicolas, Haugh, and Vasquez all put points on the board that got the Rattlers (2-15) within 10 in the final quarter but Magazine got no closer.
Vasquez scored nine points to lead the Rattlers. Haugh scored six.