Craig Harris/Macon County Times Red Boiling Springs Junior High forward Brianna Thompson releases a first-quarter shot in front of Merrol Hyde Magnet’s Larah Johnson (14).

Craig Harris/Macon County Times

Red Boiling Springs Junior High forward Brianna Thompson releases a first-quarter shot in front of Merrol Hyde Magnet’s Larah Johnson (14).

RED BOILING SPRINGS -- The Red Boiling Springs Junior High girls basketball team hasn't been challenged very often recently, including in a 50-14 victory over visiting Merrol Hyde Magnet on Nov. 20.

For the fourth time in five games, the Lady Bulldogs won by at least 26 points.

"The biggest thing is that we're just trying to get better," RBS head coach Dustin McKinney said. "It's the end of the year. You are what you are at this point. We're just trying to fine tune some things."

The Lady Bulldogs scored 31 of the first 33 points, forcing 13 turnovers in the first half.

Point guard Claire Fleming was the beneficiary, scoring 23 of her game-high 25 points in the first half.

Fleming and Leah Rich made first-quarter 3-pointers, and Fleming had three transition baskets that were created by RBS steals.

Rich made two free throws to give her squad a 17-2 lead entering the second stanza.

Then, Fleming scored 11 consecutive points in the second period.

Late in the half, Brianna Thompson's 10-foot jump shot and Graycee West's contested layin extended the Lady Bulldog lead to 33-4 by halftime.

Rich made a pair of perimeter jumpers in the third quarter, and Kennedy Marshall came off of the bench to score three baskets.

"Leah Rich is playing really well, and Bailey (Massengille) ... she is playing more control," McKinney said. "They're all improving.

"We don't usually play games this week, but I scheduled two. We're getting some younger girls playing time. It's better than practicing."

Rich joined Fleming in double figures with 10 points.

Bethany Howard scored all of her 10 points in the second half for the Lady Hawks.

RBS won its ninth consecutive game.

"I had high expectations for this season," McKinney said. "The biggest thing is that individually, they are improving. That has made our team better.

"This group has always had chemistry. Celina (a 35-34 road win on Nov. 6) gave them a load of confidence, and it has carried over."