Frustrating season filled with injuries.
The Magazine Lady Rattlers season was frustrating to say the least as an unusually small roster suffered through a series of injuries that took starters away for multiple games.
Nonetheless, the Lady Rattlers picked up a 10th win with a District 2A-4 West tournament 39-27 win over Eureka Springs Tuesday night, closing the game on a 20-2 run.
A night later the Lady Rattlers (10-18) saw their season end at the hands of host JC Westside, 54-29, marking their fourth loss in five games in the facility this season.
Lady Rattlers 39 Eureka Springs 27
The Lady Rattlers were seeded sixth in the tournament, the Lady Highlanders, with a roster comprised exclusively of sophomores, were the seven seed.
Fitting of the 6-7 game in the tournament Tuesday’s game at Johnson County Westside (Coal Hill) was close through more than two quarters.
Magazine scored the first five points of the game but less than four minutes later it was the Eureka Springs who had a 13-8 lead.
The Lady Rattlers got within 13-12 by the end of the quarter on a pair of Hannah Green baskets but Eureka Springs pushed the lead back to five, 17-12 on two by Megan Holloway.
Green and Holloway both scored 10 points in the game.
Kiara Vasquez scored the next four points in the game — she led all players with 16 — and a basket by Reagan Pickartz gave Magazine the lead back. A free throw by Kelsey Krigbaum made it 19-17 at the half.
The Lady Rattlers started the second half with a turnover and a basket by Grayson Ertle would tie the game. Threes by Katelyn Ross and Gracie Lester gave the Lady Highlanders a 25-19 lead with 5:20 left in the third quarter.
Vasquez started the Lady Rattler response with a basket and a pair of free throws and Green tied the game at he 3:02 mark of the quarter.
Silent from beyond the arc to that point Pickartz found the range with 1:32 left in the quarter and with a Lauren Ryan basket Magazine led 30-25 after three quarters.
With foul trouble sitting and eventually forcing Vasquez from the floor, Green and Pickartz assumed the scoring load, accounting for the next seven points, which the Lady Highlanders countered with only a Holloway basket and it was 37-27 with 1:16 remaining.
A pair of free throws by Krigbaum finished it.
Pickartz finished with eight points, seven rebounds and she blocked five shots.
JC Westside 54 Lady Rattlers 29
The Lady Rebels streaked to a 12-0 lead to start the game while Lady Rattler head coach Randy Loyd burned three time outs trying to get his team on track.
Hannah Smith was finally able to do that with a pair of baskets. Playing her first game in weeks, Smith would score a team-high 12 points.
A 3 by Reagan Pickartz, who played her last game for Magazine, made it 12-7, but that was as close as it would get.
A basket by Smith made it 16-9 early in the second quarter and Kiara Vasquez, who had been sitting since picking up three fouls in the first 2:21 converted a three point play and a couple of free throw chances to make it 24-14 with 2:05 left in the half.
Westside’s Kelsey Criss scored the final five points of the half and it was 29-14. The run reached 11 straight 1:38 into the second half to push the lead to 35-14 on a pair of Sadie Hays baskets.
Criss finished with nine points and Hays eight.
With Madison Shelton converting a three point play then hitting back-to-back 3s in a span of 51 seconds the lead grew to 28 but the Lady Rattlers got 3s from Pickartz and Kelsey Krigbaum to end the quarter down 46-24.
Vasquez fouled out on a technical call early in the final quarter and Shelton completed her game-high 16 point night at the line.
Westside scored all it’s remaining points one at a time, hitting 7-of-8 in the fourth quarter.
Pickartz scored the final Magazine point of the night to finish with seven points and eight rebounds.