The Magazine Rattlers went scoreless for 5:16 Tuesday night against Danville and the Little Johns took advantage, rallying from a 12-point deficit to take a five-point lead on the way to a 49-42 win.
The Lady Rattlers were within nine of the Lady Little Johns in the first minute of the second half but were down 19 going to the final quarter and eventually lost 53-38.
In the opener of the night the Junior High Rattlers put 39 points on the board in a losing effort, 56-39.
Danville 49 Rattlers 42
The game was scoreless for over two minutes until Max Greb broke the ice but Danville responded with a 3 by Eli Lane 20 seconds later.
The Little Johns then went 8:16 without a point. By then Chase Gibson had hit three free throws, Levi Write had a 3 and Greb had scored four more points, giving him nine it the half, and it was 17-4.
With 5:31 to go in the half the Rattlers replaced all five starters for a break and Jack Kirbo would hit a pair of 3s to push the lead to as many as 23-6 with 3:27 left in the half.
But, that would be it for the Rattlers in the half and Danville was able to chip away, cutting it to 23-16, with the final two coming on free throws by Lane 19.8 seconds before halftime.
The dry spell for the Rattlers would continue 1:05 into the second half when a Gibson free throw made it 24-18.
Over the next 3:08 the Rattlers opened a 34-22 lead as five players contributed, the final basket coming from Tatum Scott.
But the final 3:47 of the quarter and until the 6:31 mark of the fourth quarter, the Rattlers would not score at all and Danville, behind Lane, who hit thee 3s before the third quarter ended, went in front 39-34 with 7:04 left.
Even after Gibson made it 39-36 the Rattlers didn’t score again until 3:40 remained, but that Greb basket cut it to 41-39.
A 3 by Levi Wright made it 45-42 with 21 seconds left, but Lane, who scored 21 points, hit two free throws with 17.3 seconds to go and Dalton Reagon’s basket in the closing seconds set the final.
Danville 53 Lady Rattlers 38
By the 5:27 mark of the second quarter Magazine head coach Randy Loyd had burned three time outs while Danville was pulling out to a 20-6 lead.
A free throw by Lydia Stanley, who led all players with 16 points, would push the lead to 15 before Kiara Vasquez hit two for the Lady Rattlers and Vasquez’s basket with 2:00 left in the half would be only the Lady Rattlers’ second of the night.
Still, baskets by Vasquez and Kelsey Krigbaum, who both scored 14 points, got the Lady Rattlers within 25-14, and Hannah Smith got one of two free throws to go with 9.7 seconds left in the half to make it a 10-point game.
Jalyn Tolbert hit one free throw 1.6 seconds before the half to make it 26-15 and Vasquez dropped in two with 7:18 left in the third quarter to make it a 26-17.
Danville scored the next nine points and led comfortably the rest of the way.
Taylor Tippin and Hally Rial did the damage in the stretch and finished with 12 and 11 points, respectively.
A pair of 3s by Krigbaum and a couple of baskets by Smith had the Lady Rattlers down 47-31 late in the quarter but Alex Minnie hit a 3 at the buzzer for a 19-point lead.
Danville managed only a Rial 3 in the entire fourth quarter, with 4:48 to go, but after a Lauren Littleton free throw with 3:05 left, neither team scored.
Danville 56 Jr. Rattlers 39
Danville had three conventional three-point play opportunities in the first quarter. The Little Johns didn’t convert any of them, but that didn’t stop them from having a 20-point quarter, leading 20-11.
Daniel Witt scored five points in the first 52 seconds of the second quarter to cut it to 20-16 but a Haden Littleton basket preceded another Danville run, with another failed and-one try, that made it 33-18.
Brendan Young and Reese Nietert contributed third quarter points, with another five from Witt, who scored 13 points on the night, and the Little Johns led by the same number they had led at the half, 44-31.
Ashton Droemer hit a pair of fourth quarter 3s and would lead the Rattlers with 15 points.