Pictured is #10 Kinzie Robinson
In nearly every sport, the concept of pitting offense and defense is the thrill of the game. Forget that offense wins games and defense wins championships rubbish. Why not do both? On January 19, 2021, the Magazine Jr Lady Rattlers signed papers to own the right of the term “Stats” as they screamed past the Union Christian Eagles 41-10.
To score 41 points in a Jr High game is quite a statement. To do that by playing as a team rather than a one-woman show is a stack of statements big enough to impress WNBA teams. The Lady Rattlers played generously with each other sharing the rock for a total of 11 assists in their game against the Eagles. Jailynn Sims led the team in points as she netted 9 points in the game with Gracee Franklin hot on her heels hanging up 8 points.
Joslyn Corley and Carissa Webster combined for a dozen as they sank 6 points apiece. Callie Nichols hooped up 4 hard-fought points. Ainslee Chappell scored 2 points but also led the team in assists with 6. The Lady Rattler’s offense was so potent, they jumped to a 33-8 lead quicker than a snake bite on a bare leg in the middle of August.
Magazine’s defense created so much turbulence for the Eagles that Union Christian never gained enough speed for lift-off. Even though everyone has to wear a mask these days, Destiny Corley and Kinzie Robinson should have to wear a thief’s mask too as the two combined for 11 steals on the night. If that wasn’t enough, the Lady Rattlers also gathered a staggering 32 combined rebounds against the Lady Eagles.
Next week the Magazine Jr Lady Rattlers have a super busy and super important week planned as they first take on non-conference Pleasant View on January 25 on the road. Then they refocus and jump right back in it for two huge home conference games. One against Mountainburg on Tuesday, January 26, and another on Friday, January 29 against Acorn. But the Jr Lady Rattlers aren’t worried one bit. Because as Nelson Mandela pointed out, “It always seems impossible until it’s done!”