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The girls basketball team at San Marcos High School suffered a very bad loss at a very bad time Friday night, and now needs its best win of the season if it is to survive into the playoffs.

The Rattlers lost in overtime, 49-46, Friday night at New Braunfels, which had been winless in District 25-5A. The loss dropped the Rattlers to 3-6 in the district and 9-22 overall. New Braunfels is 1-8 and 7-19.

A win against the last-place Unicorns would have clinched a playoff spot for the Rattlers.

To become a playoff team now, the Rattlers need a win at home Tuesday night against a Converse Judson team that stands to also be highly motivated. Judson is tied with Wagner for first place in the district at 8-1 with only one game left in the regular season.

The Rattlers need to win that game, and they also need Smithson Valley to win at home against New Braunfels Canyon. In that event, the Rattlers, Smithson Valley and Canyon all would be tied for third place at 4-6 in the district. Smithson Valley would win the tiebreaker between it, the Rattlers and Canyon with a 4-2 record in head-to-head games among the three teams, San Marcos would be 3-3 and Canyon would be 2-4. Thus, San Marcos would be the second of those three teams into the playoffs.

If the Rattlers and Smithson Valley both lose Tuesday, then those two teams would be tied for fourth place at 3-7. The two teams split their two games this year, but Smithson Valley outscored the Rattlers, 98-92.

San Marcos was never able to take control of the game at New Braunfels, taking leads of 9-8 after one quarter and 22-20 at halftime. However, the Rattlers scored only five points in the third quarter and trailed, 30-27, entering the fourth. San Marcos took the game into overtime by tying it, 42-42 at the end of regulation, but New Braunfels prevailed with a 7-4 advantage in the extra period.

Bailey Hill led the Rattlers with 10 points. Amy Fuqay of New Braunfels led all scorers with 14 points.

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