Getting significant offensive production from only two players, the Magazine Lady Rattlers have gotten off to a slow this season.
Head coach Randy Loyd’s team, which returns no starters, opened play with three games in a tournament at Johnson County Westside. Magazine dropped the first two, 41-36 to Danville, 51-23 to Paris but bounced back Saturday to knock off Atkins, 52-39.
In the win over the weekend the Lady Rattlers scored 20 second quarter points to surge ahead.
Down 14-12 after a quarter in which Tierra Phillips and Brittany Bryan scored four points each, Phillips and Bryan scored six each and Madison Cotton and Sarah Travis added 3s to give the Lady Rattlers a 32-25 halftime lead.
Bryan finished with 18 and Phillips 14.
Adrianna Thomas was 5-of-6 from the free throw line in the third quarter, accounting for all of her points, and Magazine was up 42-36 going to the fourth.
Bryan was 5-of-6 at the line down the stretch as Magazine pulled away — the Lady Rattlers were 17-of-21 in the game.
In the opener against Danville, every Lady Rattler point through the first three quarters was logged by Phillips and Bryan.
Danville jumped to an 11-5 lead in the first quarter and, despite eight second quarter points by Phillips, led 28-15 at the half Phillips led all players with 15 in the game.
The Lady Rattlers matched the Lady Little Johns with nine third quarter points, six of which came from Bryan, who finished with 12.
With others, including Danielle Burr and Heather Bryan logging their first points of the season Magazine closed the gap to 41-36 in the final quarter.
Lauren Spencer scored 14 and Tora Eggleton added 10 for Danville.
Wednesday’s game with Paris got ugly, quickly. The Lady Rattlers were down 22-4 through a quarter as Bryan and Phillips each scored one basket.
Cotton’s 3 highlighted the second quarter but it was 41-9 by halftime.
Phillips scored four third quarter points and Thomas had four in the fourth quarter for Magazine. Both finished with a team-high six.
Highfield led Paris with 10.