Craig Harris/Macon County Times Red Boiling Springs Junior High guard Josie Green dribbles along the baseline during second-quarter action.

Craig Harris/Macon County Times

Red Boiling Springs Junior High guard Josie Green dribbles along the baseline during second-quarter action.

RED BOILING SPRINGS -- The Red Boiling Springs Junior High girls basketball team wasn't able to overcome a slow start last Thursday, suffering a 45-28 loss to visiting Celina.

"I'm really impressed," RBS head coach Dustin McKinney said of Celina. "I knew they had the tools. We couldn't score to get into our (full-court) press.

"They're just bigger, faster and stronger at every spot. If I had that team, I'd throw it inside every time. That's what they did. They're so big, and they hit some (perimeter) shots early on."

Red Boiling Springs struggled against Celina's zone defense in the first half. RBS committed nine turnovers over the first eight minutes as Celina raced out to a 22-5 lead.

"They played like a 1-3-1 (zone)," McKinney said. "The back side was open pretty much the entire game. If we could get in the paint to make that pass ... but when we got in there, we turned it over."

Celina's Briley Burchett scored seven of her game-high 17 points in the first quarter, and teammate Abby Head made three perimeter shots over those first eight minutes, with her 3-pointer extending the lead to 22-5.

RBS guard Bailey Massengille scored three points in the final minute of the half, but the lead was still at 17 points (29-12) at halftime.

Leah Rich and Massengille made back-to-back 3-pointers early in the second half, trimming the lead to 11 points.

However, Celina called a timeout and then responded, extending the margin to 14 points by the end of the third quarter.

Red Boiling Springs center Graycee West scored all nine of her points in the second half, and Massengille also finished with nine points. RBS point guard Claire Fleming scored all of her seven points in the first half.

"Our only way to beat them is to have all hands plays as well as they can with no mistakes," McKinney said. "We didn't do that.

"This will help us. This group, there's a lot of expectations. Everybody is back from last year. We're going to get to an easier part of the schedule. We just have to improve."