The Tucson Rattlers 17U team split another two games yesterday in the Nike Tournament of Champions AAU event in Chicago.
The Rattlers (2-2 in the tournament) will play their final game in Chicago this morning against the Wisconsin Playmakers.
They won the first game against Level Up Express from Michigan 48-38 yesterday morning behind 21 points by guard Natalie Bartle, a former Ironwood Ridge High School player. Incoming Tanque Verde freshman Kiya Dorroh added 10 points, four rebounds and three steals.
Rattlers Black drops an exciting game in the final seconds to Retro Hoops (Nebraska) 66-63, now 2-2 will play 1 more tomorrow at 11:45am pic.twitter.com/vSSsOFQQL0
In the second game, in which the Rattlers lost 66-63 to Retro Hoops from Nebraska, Bartle had a 30-point game while Palo Verde guard Aaliah Ortiz added 14 points, four rebounds and four assists.
Bartle, who will play her senior season for Negaunee (Mich.) High School, broke a Rattlers record with her 32 points Monday against the Boston Mavericks. Gabby Banales, a former Cienega player who went on to Pima Community College, had the previous record of 31 points.
Some tweets from the Rattlers in Chicago:
Rattlers Black checking out the Navy Pier in Chicago pic.twitter.com/m3IPaM57y5
Rattlers Red found the bean! pic.twitter.com/r0UtKjApOz