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Lady Rattlers Earn Regional Berth

Magazine overcame a couple of long scoring droughts and managed to dump Union Christian Academy 53-50 in the 4- versus 5-seed game of the District 2A-4 tournament last Tuesday in Eureka Springs.

The win earned Magazine a spot in this week’s Class 2A West regional, also set for Eureka Springs, and prolonged the careers of a half dozen Lady Rattlers. The Lady Rattlers will face Conway St. Joseph at 7 p.m. tonight.

With losses to Mountainburg and Hackett the Lady Rattlers (15-11) went on to finish fourth in the district tournament.

Magazine head coach Randy Loyd had to burn two time outs in the opening quarter. The first came less than a minute into the game because Union had opened a 7-0 lead. The second came after the Lady Eagles led 11-0.

Adrianna Thomas finally ended the drought with a free throw but Magazine did not score their first basket until Tierra Phillips scored via an assist by Brittany Bryan at the 2:16 mark of the opening quarter. Luckily for the Lady Rattlers Union had not scored again and it was 11-3.

Thomas led the Lady Rattlers with 15 and Phillips finished with eight.

Union would score only one more point, a Mary Catherine Qualls free throw, the rest of the quarter and Magazine was able to cut the deficit to 12-11 when Phillips scored off an inbound play.

Three times Union pushed the lead back to six in the second quarter, first after a conventional three-point play by Jake Flake and the second after a basket by McKayla Sweenty that made it 19-13.

Flake and Qualls both scored 18 for Union.

Magazine cut it to 19-18 on a basket by Brittany Bryan and a 3 — another Brittany Bryan assist — by Heather Bryan.

The Bryan cousins combined for 25 with Brittany scoring 13 and Heather 12.

Again Union was able to push it back to six before Heather Bryan hit both ends of a one-and-one with no time on the clock to make it 24-20 at the half.

Union led 31-24 late in the third quarter when Magazine made a move by dominating in rebounding. It was 31-29 when Thomas was fouled and she hit one of two. Phillips, who had eight boards got the rebound and was fouled and hit both shots to tie it at 31 for the first time.

It was tied again at 33 when Heather Bryan hit a 3 with :02 left in the quarter for Magazine’s first lead. The Lady Rattlers would not trail again.

The game was tied again at 38, 40, 42 and 44 in the final quarter but the Lady Rattlers led 44-43 when Brittany Bryan missed a one-and-one with 3:29 left and Magazine did not score again in regulation and a Qualls free throw tied it.

The Lady Rattlers won the overtime tip and Thomas was fouled under the basket. Thomas hit one free throw and after the Lady Rattlers got the ball back they burned over a minute before Union sent Brittany Bryan to the line and Bryan hit both for a 47-44 lead.

It was a then game best four point lead when Sarah Travis hit a free throw but Bethany Brown hit a 3 on the ensuing possession and it was back to a one-point game.

Free throws by Heather Bryan make it 52-47 with two more free throws but again it was 3, this one from Qualls that kept Union alive with 17 seconds left in overtime.

Another Brittany Bryan free throw with 15.6 seconds to go preceded an airball that ended it.

Mountainburg 42 Lady Rattlers 34

Kayla Canada and heather Bryan both hit three 3 pointers in the second half but Mountainburg was deadly at the free throw line in the final quarter to drop the Lady Rattlers into the third place game.

The Lady Rattlers trailed 14-11 after on half – a half in which Adrianna Thomas and Brittany Bryan accounted for every point for Magazine.

Canada hit twice from beyond the arc and Heather Bryan added another in the third and the Lady Rattlers were able to pull into a tie at 22-22 going to the final quarter. The pair led Magazine with nine points each.

After Mountainburg, the top seed in the tournament, took a lead midway through the final quarter and Magazine was unable to answer, the Lady Dragons started melting the clock.

Five fouls later the Lady Rattlers finally had Mountainburg in a one-and-one but Katelyn Metcalf proceeded to hit 6-of-8 from the line, Tara Webb hit 4-of-8, Auburn Peters 3-of-4 and Colette Ross hit 1-of-2 the rest of the way.

The only Lady Dragon field goals in the final quarter were 3s, including one by Metcalf, who led Mountainburg with 18 points.

Heather Bryan hit two and Canada another 3 but the Lady Rattlers got only one other field goal, from Sarah Travis, and a free throw from Thomas, who finished with eight points.

Hackett 43 Lady Rattlers 36

Saturday’s third place game saw Magazine fall to Hackett.

Adrianna Thomas scored four first quarter points as Magazine was even but a four point fourth quarter provided Hackett a 17-13 lead.

The Lady Rattlers got a pair of 3s from Kayla Canada in the third quarter and Brittney Bryan scored six of her team-high 10 in the quarter to draw Magazine within 26-24.

Sarah Travis scored four fourth quarter points but the Lady Hornets were able to keep Magazine at bay.

Drew Davis scored 15 to lead Hackett. Brittney Locklear added 13.

JC Westside 62 Rattlers 52

Magazine’s season came to a close in the opening round of the tournament with a loss to a team the Rattlers (4-17) had swept in the regular season.

Jason Lovell would lead the Rattlers with 15 points and Cody Cherry and Austin Philips scored 12 apiece – Phillips managed all of his on 3s.

Westside jumped to an 18-12 first quarter lead but Magazine cut it to 26-24 by halftime as Cherry had scored eight points and Phillips hit a pair of 3s.

Westside was able to add a point to its advantage to 39-36 through three quarters and the Rebels hit 14 of 16 fourth quarter free throws.

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