In what was Magazine’s only action of the week due to weather concerns in Oark on Tuesday, Scranton spoiled senior night Friday at Diamondback Arena with a sweep of Rattlers and Lady Rattlers.
The Lady Rattlers (9-17) and Lady Rockets exchanged the lead eight times through two and a half quarters before the Lady Rockets built a nine point lead in the fourth quarter only to need two Rachel Siebenmorgen free throws to wrap up the victory.
There were four lead changes in the first half. A Lauren Ryan 3 gave Magazine its first lead and Kiara Vasquez’s second bucket made it 7-6 with 36 seconds left in the opening quarter.
Vasquez would lead all players with 16 points. She also had six rebounds.
Scranton went in front on a basket by Siebenmorgen and the Lady Rockets were in front the rest of the half, opening a then- largest lead of 16-11 1:02 before the break before a Kelsey Krigbaum free throw cut it to 16-12.
A Vasquez basket and a Krigbaum 3 gave the Lady Rattlers a 17-16 lead but a 3 by Destiny Ferrari put Scranton back in front. Another 3 from Krigbaum gave Magazine a 20-19 lead with 4:07 to go in the third quarter but the Lady Rattlers didn’t score again in the quarter.
Meanwhile, a pair of 3s by Joshlyn Terry and a free throw by Kristen Stehle gave the Lady Rockets a 26-20 lead.
Hannah Green scored to start the final quarter but a free throw by Kristy Kohler, a basket form Kohler and a Siebenmorgen score had Scranton up 31-22 with 5:16 to go.
Kohler led the Lady Rockets with 10 and Terry had nine.
Senior Reagan Pickartz scored on an assist from Vasquez on the next Magazine possession and Vasquez scored with 3:03 left and again with 2:19 to go and it was 31-28.
After a one-and-one miss by Stehle, Vasquez scored again to make it 31-30.
Forced to foul the Lady Rattlers sent Siebenmorgen to the line and she hit two with 9.4 seconds left. An attempt to tie it was contested and off the mark.
Scranton 48 Rattlers 38
The Rattlers (14-10) led 24-20 with 6:06 left in the third quarter but a 10-0 Rocket run gave Scranton the lead for good.
Two Cobey Pintado baskets tied it and a conventional three point play by Levi Herring put Scranton in front. A 3 by Brady Shelton made it 10 straight points for the visitors.
Matt Smith ended the run and he and Randon Baumgartner both scored again by the end of the quarter but Scranton still led 35-30.
The Rattlers got within two on baskets by Baumgartner and Smith, the later making it 40-38 with 2:11 left, but after Herring made it 42-38, the Rattlers, unable to score, were forced to foul and Scranton was able to push the lead to 10.
Magazine had raced to a 10-2 lead behind Baumgartner and Smith then twice stretched it to double digits after baskets from Max Greb and Landen Gilbert, the later making it 14-4.
A three point play by Herring got the Rockets within 14-7 before the first quarter ended and the Rockets went on to tie the game at 16 on another Herring basket.
A Greb score was answered by Hunter Fleming and one by Cesar Rodriguez gave Scranton its first lead, 20-18.
Trevor Blake retied the game for the Rattlers and, out of halftime, Chase Gibson and Blake baskets gave the Rattlers a 24-20 lead.
Smith scored 12 points for the Rattlers and Baumgartner added 10. Herring led all players with 16 points and Pintado added 10 for Scranton.