The Magazine Rattlers started the second half on an 8-0 run to erase a three-point deficit and Magazine never trailed again in a 44-39 win over Mountainburg Friday.
The game was the final of a four game set with the Dragons, which included three wins for the host school.
Rattlers 44 Mountainburg 39
The Rattlers were down 23-20 at the half and it stayed that way almost four minutes of the third quarter until Shaffer Loyd hit a 3 to tie the game.
Matt Smith assisted a James Bur basket to give Magazine the lead and Loyd found Deven Chappell, who had the assist on the game-tying bucket, and it was 28-23 with 2:38 left in the third quarter.
Mountainburg logged its first second half points on a basket by Alex Matlock to make it a one possession game again but the Rattles closed the quarter with a couple of Smith free throws and opened the final frame with a Burr basket to make it 32-25.
Quency Pixley kept the Dragons in the game the rest of the way. He had a conventional 3-point play to cut Magazine’s led to 34-30. After Smith scored again to make it 36-30, a 3 by Pixley made it 36-33.
A free throw by Burr and three by Randon Baumgartner gave Magazine a lead of seven, 40-33, with 2:14 to play.
Harley Clark got one of two free throws to fall seven seconds later and Pixley cut it to 40-36 with 1:52 remaining.
Baumgartner and Burr both hit one of two free throws, finishing with 13 and 14 points respectively to make it 42-39 before another 3-point play by Pixley made it 42-39 but only 16.9 seconds remained.
After a Dragon time out Chappell won a foot race and made a layup with 12.2 second to go to make it 44-39.
Magazine had scored the first four points of the game and led 8-1 before a 3 by Clark was the first Dragon field goal.
Mountainburg was down 12-4 before running off seven straight to end the first quarter. Extending the run to 12-0 Magazine trailed 16-12. A 3 by Chappell ended the run and two Baumgartner baskets gave Magazine the lead back.
However four straight missed free throws by Baumgartner around a 3 by Levi Burrough and Smith opened the door and Mountainburg went in front 23-20 by halftime.
Lady Rattlers 48 Mountainburg 32
Mountainburg did not score until the 5:44 mark of the second quarter. By then Magazine had built a 13-0 lead. Rachel Phillips, Kalyn Bryan, Hannah Smith and Keaira Thomas all figured into the game opening run.
Kelsey Krigbaum scored to make it 15-1 before the first Lady Dragon field goal, a 3 by Emil France fell.
It was 18-8 after a basket by Britton Peters with 2:32 left in the half but Magazine scored the last five points of the half on a 3-point play by Phillips and a basket by Thomas to lead 23-8.
Mountainburg cut the deficit to 28-21 by the 4:03 mark of the third quarter when Shelby Watkins hit a 3 but Magazine scored the next seven with Thomas’s 3-point play and buckets by Smith and Thomas.
That duo took the game over the rest of the way, scoring every Magazine point until an Ashtyn Vanderhaak basket with 1:21 to play.
Smith finished with 17 points with 13 coming in the second half and Thomas added 13, nine in the second half.
Jr. Rattlers 47 Mountainburg 35
All of Mountainburg’s first quarter points came from beyond the arc. Magazine (4-2) countered the 3s with the inside play of Caleb Hyatt, who scored 8 and Cameron Raggio who had three more points and it was 13-9.
Tatum Scott took the game into his hands with 6 second quarter points and Raggio added 3 more of his 10 and Magazine was up 26-15 at the half.
Hyatt had 5 more of his 15in the third quarter. Scott also had a basket and Jacob Hall had his second of the night in the third quarter and it was 37-24 going to the final quarter.
Ethan Gregory scored 7 of his 13 in the final quarter to try to spark a Dragon comeback but Scott completed his 16 point night with 6 of his own.
Mountainburg 47 Jr. Lady Rattlers 41 (2 OT)
The game was tied 10 times through four quarters and an overtime but after Kiara Vasquez fouled out with 2:52 left in the second overtime and although LeAnn Inge missed both double bonus free throws the Lady Rattlers managed only two points the rest of the way.
Maley Brooks scored twice and Annie Beasley added a basket to build a 45-39 Mountainburg lead.
A Tannea Thomas represented the final points. Thomas finished with 5.
With Mountainburg up 10-6 Vasquez, Raymie Davis and Thomas accounted for a half dozen points and a 12-10 lead after a quarter.
Magazine led the entire second quarter, except for a 16-16 tie after a Beasley free throw. Free throws by Vasquez and Jordyn Krigbaum gave Magazine an 18-16 lead at the half.
After ties at 20 and 23 Krigbaum and Kylie Robertson scored to make it 27-23.
Magazine led most of the final quarter before falling behind on a Linzee Brown basket with 1:27 to go. Vasquez made that up but nobody scored the final minute of the game.
Magazine fell behind in the first overtime but five straight points from Vasquez gave the Lady Rattlers the lead, 39-38 with 28.9 seconds to play before two free throws from Beasley retired it was 7.9 seconds left.