The Magazine Junior High Lady Rattlers and Rattlers both trimmed double-digit deficits to within a single possession in 2A4 West district tournament games last week, but neither was able to complete a comeback.
Both Magazine teams were seeded fifth in the bracket of the tournament, hosted by Magazine. The Lady Rattlers lost to Johnson County Westside 28-23 to finish a 10-10 campaign. The Rattlers lost to Lavaca 46-42 to finish the season 9-11.
Lavaca 46 Rattlers 42
After a miserable 22-4 first quarter in which Tatum Scott was assessed four fouls the Rattlers would go on to twice trail by as many as 21 points before halftime.
A three-point play by Cameron Raggio and free throws by Ashton Droemer and Brady Watson helped the Rattlers get within 31-14 by halftime.
After sitting the final 2:35 of the first quarter and all of the second, Scott returned to the floor and manged to play the rest of the way without fouling out of the game.
Daniel Witt hit a 3 to start the second half scoring and, behind Scott and Raggio, the Rattlers started chipping away. A 3 by Scott and then a bucket by Raggio in the closing seconds of the quarter cut the Rattler deficit to an even 10.
When Scott completed a three-point play at the 4:13 mark of the final quarter the Rattlers were down 40-33 but the deficit remained at least seven until the final minute of the game.
A Nate Bryan free throw with 31.6 seconds to go made it 45-38 and after two misses by Lavaca’s Kolby Glidewell, Raggio hit one of two with 13 seconds left and it was 45-39.
Christian Shelton missed another pair for Lavaca and when Scott hit a 3 with 4 seconds to go it was 45-42.
Avery Walker hit the second of two free throws with 2.4 seconds left to secure it for the Golden Arrows.
Raggio and Scott both scored 17 points in their final games as junior high players. Scott added nine rebounds and Raggio had seven.
Drake Grantham scored 12 to lead Lavaca. Luke Watson added 11.
JC Westside 28 Lady Rattlers 23
The Lady Rattlers went on a modest 5-0 run between the 3:55 and 2:06 junctures of the first quarter to take a 5-3 lead, but they did not score again until 2:28 remained in the third quarter.
Meanwhile the Lady Rebels were able to pull out to a 19-5 lead.
Then Westside went cold themselves.
After a three-point play by Kylie Robinson finally ended the scoring drought for Magazine, Gracen Thompson scored on an assist from Robinson and Robinson scored three more points to make it 19-13.
Robinson’s next basket, with 4:30 to go, cut the lead to 22-17. A free throw by Thompson with 3:39 left made it 22-18 and, on another Robinson assist, Thompson hit a 3 to make it 22-21 with 3:27 to play.
Two Cenyann McMillan free throws — Westside’s final seven points were scored at the line — made it 24-21 and Robinson hit the front end of a one-and-one and one of two chances to cut it back to 24-23 with 2:41 to go.
The Lady Rattlers went scoreless the rest of the way and Graci Domerese hit four of six free throws to push the Westside lead back to 28-23.
Robinson led the Lady Rattlers with 12 points and she added five rebounds. Gracen Thompson added nine points and Carlee Parrish had five rebounds.
Westside had six players score at least three points with the six each by Domerese and Ryleigh McMillan leading the way. Domerese also had seven rebounds.