The Magazine Lady Rattlers moved into a third place tie in the conference standings by completing a regular season sweep of Hector Friday night, spoiling Senior Night for the Lady Wildcats 37-28.
The Lady Rattlers (14-9, 7-5 Conference 2A-4 West) were seeded fourth in this week’s tournament due to having lost twice to Lavaca, who was also 7-5 in conference play.
Head coach Randy Loyd and the Lady Rattlers were seeded sixth last year.
Coupled with the Westside-Hackett result, the Lady Rattlers return trip to Hector Tuesday night for the district tournament meant they would again face Hector, who tied for fifth and had the tie-breaker over Westside.
Hector won the junior high girls regular season and district tournament final on Saturday.
An undermanned Rattler team lost the regular season finale, 65-48, to fall to 4-17 and 1-11.
Follwoing the game, head coach Buck Chappell informed his players he had stepped down effective the end of the season.
The Rattlers were due to face Johnson County Westside in the district tournament Monday.
Lady Rattlers 37 Hector 28
After a Kiara Vasquez bucket the Lady Wildcats scored the next five points and, after a 3 by Cameorn Meeks, led 8-4 with 4:32 left in the opening quarter.
By the end of the quarter the Lady Rattlers had gone in front, 10-8 behind a couple of Vasquez free throws and baskets by Jordyn Krigbaum and Tannea Thomas.
A 3 by Kylie Robinson made it 13-8 and a free throw by Hannah Green made it a five point lead again at 14-9 but Hector got back within 14-13 with 4:07 left in the first half.
Another 3 by Robinson made it 17-13 but neither team scored for more than three minutes until Vasquez scored on an assist from Raymie Davis for a 19-13 halftime lead.
A conventional three-point play by Robinson made it 22-13 early in the third quarter but Hector scored the next six points to cut it to 22-19.
Magazine answered with the next five to lead 27-19 after three quarters.
The only point for the first three minutes of the final quarter was a free throw by Molly Haney and Hector still trailed 27-20.
A free throw by Robinson made it 28-20 but the Lady Rattlers went scoreless again for three minutes.
Still, Hector got only within 28-23 on a Meeks 3.
The Lady Wildcats answered a Krigbaum free throw with two by Avery Sweeny and it was 29-25 with 1:40 to play.
Opting to force the Lady Wildcats to foul worked out as Krigbaum hit two and Robinson two more to make it 33-28 with 57.5 seconds to go.
A 3 by Molly Haney made it a five point game again but Vasquez hit a pair of free throws and Green scored with :07 to go to set the final.
Robinson scored 12 to lead the Lady Rattlers and Vasquez had 10 points and 10 rebounds. Haney scored nine and Meeks eight for Hector.
Hector 65 Rattlers 48
Hector opened the game on a 5-0 run and still led by that number after a basket by Brady Watson made it 9-4.
The Wildcats scored the next eight points and, after a pair of 3s by Ashton Droemer cut it to 17-10, scored eight more unanswered points to lead 25-10 with 7:30 left in the first half.
Hector opened a 20 point lead on an Isaac Stanke 3, giving him 19 in the half, but Haden Littleton scored five points in the final 38 seconds of the half to make it 37-22.
The Rattlers got within 14 twice in the third quarter, both times after baskets by Droemer, who scored 16 to lead the Rattlers, but Hector pushed it back to 50-32 by the end of the quarter as Caleb Profitt scored nine of his 21 in the quarter.
Hector led by as many as 24 in the final quarter before Littleton sandwiched two more 3s, giving him 11 points on the night, around a 3 by Reese Nietert, trimming the deficit back to 14.
Foreign exchange student Pich Sophat excited the home crowd with a 3 with :07 to go to set the final.