The Magazine Lady Rattlers didn’t score in the final quarter of their homecoming game against Hartford Friday night.
It didn’t matter, they led by 42 by then and Hartford closed the game on a 9-0 fourth quarter run that trimmed the deficit to 52-23.
After Emily Lanman was unable to cash in a conventional 3-point play at the 2:30 mark of the first quarter Magazine led 10-6. A 15-0 run that Adrianna Thomas started and scored five points of put the game away Homecoming Princess Kayla Canada had her second 3 to close the first quarter.
Thomas would lead all players with 13 on the night followed by Madison Cotton with 11.
Brianna Ramey got the Lady Hustlers within 25-10 over a 37 second span but it was 34-11 by halftime as Homecoming Queen Heather Bryan hit her second 3, Princess Brittany Bryan hit a pair of free throws, senior maid P.J. Jones hit another and Tierra Phillips, another senior, added a couple buckets.
The Lady Rattlers made the run one of 27-4 over 12:55 and it was 52-14 going to the final quarter.
Hartford 52 Rattlers 51
After a pair of Cody Cherry free throws tied the game at 48-48 with 3:23 to go, Hartford’s Garrett Ford scored the final four points of the night for the Hustlers and Hartford won by one.
Ford used a screen from Connor Bumpas to drain a 3 with 3:03 to go give Hartford a 51-48 edge. A free throw from Cherry got it back to a two point game and when Brent Haney scored on an assist from Jason Lovell with 1:18 left it was tied.
The Hustlers took the lead on a free throw from Ford, who was fouled after Hartford ran the clock down to 4.7 second to play.
On Magazine’s final possession Keith Dority launched a three that was off the mark.
Magazine led 10-6 in the first quarter before Ford scored the final five points of the quarter to give the Hustlers the lead, 11-10.
The Rattlers retook the lead 14-13 on a basket by Donovan Shelton and actually ran the lead to 22-16 – the largest deficit of the game — on a basket by Haney with 2:41 left in the half. Haney was unable to complete a chance at a 3-point play.
Hartford closed the half but drawing even at 24-24 as Tomi Collins scored 10 straight for the Hustlers. Collins led all players with 21.
After a 3-point exchange between Lovell, Collins and Shelton, a bucket by Cherry, who led the Rattlers with 15, it was 36-31 with 4:54 left in the third quarter.
However, the Rattlers would manage only a pair of Cherry free throws 4:24 later and it was a 38-35 game going to the fourth.
Magazine again stretched it to five at 43-38 on a 3-point play by Dority, but Hartford drew even at 34 on Collins’ final points and the game would also be tied at 44, 46 and 48 before Ford’s late heroics.
Lady Rattlers 45
Kaitlyn Bailey scored eight first quarter points for the Lady Hornets and Dew Davis and Brittaney Locklear were a combined 8-of-8 at the free throw line as Hackett opened an 18-12 lead.
Davis actually missed a free throw in the second quarter but she made a 3 and a traditional basket and Bailey hit her third three and it was 34-20 at the half.
Madison Cotton’s eight third quarter points helped the Lady Rattlers cut it to 45-36 but Hackett nailed it down with 6-of-8 shooting from the free throw line down the stretch although the Lady Rattlers got five points from Heather Bryan, who co-led Magazine along with Brittany Bryan.
Locklear lead all players with 18, Davis scored 15 and Bailey added 11.
Hackett 62 Rattlers 40
At Hackett Tuesday night the Rattlers had no answer for Gage Cantrell as his 28 points led the Hornets.
Cantrell scored the Hornets’ first point of the night at the free throw line but he would not score from the line the rest of the night although he finished the opening quarter with 10 points. He hit four 3s in the final quarter.
Cantrell’s first quarter points matched the entire Rattler output and it was 20-10.
Colten Byers scored six second quarter points and Hackett led 28-16 at the break. At that point the Rattlers were 0-of-7 from the free throw line.
Jason Lovell scored eight of his team-high 14 in the third quarter but the Cantrell shot the Rattlers into a 46-33 hole.
Magazine’s only fourth quarter baskets came from Donovan Shelton.