The Magazine Lady Rattlers survived scoring droughts to end both halves but were able to knock off Johnson County Westside 45-36 Tuesday night on Senior Night.
The win locked up the number four seed for the Lady Rattlers regardless of what would happen Friday night in their game at Hector or elsewhere in the league.
In the boys game senior Jacob Hall had a career night with a team-high 12 points as three Rattlers reached double figures in a 68-52 loss to the Rebels.
Lady Rattlers 45 Westside 36
There were three three lead changes in the first 3:40 of the game, the first occurring on a 3 by Kiara Vasquez, with an assist to Taryn Leslie, one of two seniors on the roster.
A basket by Hannah Green, the other Lady Rattler senior, made it 5-4 and Magazine led the rest of the way.
A second 3 by Vasquez, who would score 21 points, had the Lady Rattlers up 12-6 with 1:28 left in the opening quarter but the Lady Rebels would get back within 14-12 after a 3 by Ryleigh McMillan before a pair of Vasquez free throws ended the first quarter scoring and made it 16-12.
Westside again got within two at 16-14 on a basket by Kailee Hayes but the Lady Rattlers rattled of the next seven points and led 23-14 with 5:25 left in the first half.
But Magazine wouldn’t score the rest of the half and Westside as able, behind McMillan, to cut the lead to 23-19 before the intermission.
Kylie Robinson finally ended scoreless stretch early in the third quarter with a 3 and Jordyn Krigbaum hit another 3 33 seconds later and the lead was 10 at 29-19.
A 3 by Gracie Domerese cut it back to seven but Robinson hit a free throw and Vasquez scored three the old fashioned way to make it 33-21.
Westside would score just four more points in the quarter and Robinson and Vasquez assisted each other for baskets and Robinson scored again after a steal to make it 40-25 through three quarters.
A Vasquez basket and a Robinson free throw had the lead at 43-26 with 6:17 to play but the Lady Rattlers would not score again until a Vasquez basket made it 45-29 with 3:50 remaining.
Westside then scored the next seven points to set the final.
Missing the front end of three straight one-and-ones and missing on five straight from the line, the Lady Rattlers did themselves few favors in putting the game away.
For the night the Lady Rattlers were 5-of-14 at the line.
Westside 68 Rattlers 52
The Rebels scored the first nine points of the game and were never seriously challenged in the nightcap.
The 9-0 run to start the game included five points from Austin Bartlett. He wasn’t finished.
After Brady Watson finally got the Rattlers on the board Bartlett hit his second of four 3s in the quarter and it was 12-2.
On his way to a 32 point game, Bartlett scored 19 first quarter points and Westside led 27-14.
Jacob Hall scored the second Rattler basket and William King followed with a couple of free throws to make it 14-6.
Hall would go on to score 12 points for a career high and King would have six points before the quarter ended and also reached double figures with 10, also a career best.
The Rattlers lost Cameron Raggio to a second quarter injury and Watson stepped up, scoring seven straight for his team, on his way to an 11-point night.
His basket with 3:52 left in the first half had the Rattlers within 32-21.
Bartlett heated up again and combined with Tanner Bryant to push the lead to 40-25 at the half.
A pair of Hall baskets and one by King had the Rattlers within 45-31 with 5:50 to go in the third quarter but Westside was able to go up by as many as 19 before settling for a 52-37 lead through three quarters.
An Ashton Droemer basket cut it to 13 with 7:16 to play but that was as close as it would get and Westside would lead by as many as 21 on the way to the win.