Kennedy Fleming

Kennedy Fleming

HARTSVILLE - The Red Boiling Springs High girls basketball team had to withstand Trousdale County's best shot late in Friday evening's District 6-A contest.

Recent experience seemed to help the Lady Bulldogs do just that as RBS grabbed the lead late in the third quarter and held on all the way through the final period for a 58-54 victory to snap Trousdale County's three-game winning streak.

The Lady Bulldogs (13-6 overall, 3-2 in District 6-A) overcame a nine-point deficit in the first half, led by two at halftime and came out on the right end of the back-and-forth battle in the third quarter to put themselves in position to win for the fourth time in their last five games.

"We played in two pretty good tournaments over the holidays, and there were so many games like that," RBS head coach Dustin McKinney said. "I think that really helped. We played CPA (Christ Presbyterian Academy), got down early and came back to beat them at Watertown (in the AFLAC Christmas Tournament).

"Last week, we went to overtime with York (Institute) and beat them. This group has struggled winning close games, but I think they're finally learning what it takes."

The lead changed hands nine times in the contest, with six of those swaps coming over a span of 3:30 in the third quarter. A 3-pointer from junior guard Haley Davis gave the Lady Bulldogs the lead for good with 31 seconds left in the third quarter.

Davis (12 points) and senior Kennedy Fleming each hit three 3-pointers for the Lady Bulldogs, who connected on eight as a team. Sophomore Liz Anderson - who finished with nine points - had the other two.

Fleming poured in a game-high 28 points, with 10 of those coming in the second quarter. Her basket with 2:02 left in the first half gave RBS a 27-25 lead, its first lead of the contest.

"(Trousdale County's) a good team, and we just had to come out knowing we would have to play our hardest," Kennedy Fleming said. "We needed the lead, and we needed to keep the lead. So, that's what we tried to do."

The Lady Bulldogs did their part, making free throws down the stretch, but it was a defensive play that helped seal the deal in the final 15 seconds as eighth-grader Claire Fleming blocked a 3-point attempt from Trousdale County senior Shelby Jane Petty.

"(Claire Fleming) just came in from junior high three or four weeks ago, and she's helped us tremendously," McKinney said. "Shelby Jane Petty's a really good player, probably a top-two or three player in the district, and for an eighth-grader with her size, it's unbelievable how good of a job she did on defense."

Petty scored 10 points for Trousdale County (9-8, 2-3), while freshman Kailen Donoho paced the Lady Jackets with 16 points. Junior teammate Tori Simmons added 14.

With five days off since their last game, the rest was welcome for the Lady Bulldogs, as was the chance to get back into a regular practice schedule.

"The rest is always nice, but practice makes it better," Kennedy Fleming said. "It works both ways I guess."

After playing at Gordonsville on Tuesday, RBS will host Clay County on Friday.

The Lady Bulldogs will host Trousdale County for the rematch on Feb. 1.

Red Boiling Springs girls 58, Trousdale County 54

RED BOILING SPRINGS (58) – Kennedy Fleming 28, Haley Davis 12, Liz Anderson 9, Lindsay Randolph 6, Claire Fleming 3.

TROUSDALE COUNTY (54) – Kailen Donoho 16, Tori Simmons 14, Shelby Jane Petty 10, Chloe Donoho 8, Claire Belcher 3, Kinley Brown 3.

Half: 30-28, RBS. Three-point goals: Red Boiling Springs 8 (Davis 3, K. Fleming 3, Anderson 2), Trousdale County 6 (K. Donoho 3, Petty 2, Brown 1). Records: Red Boiling Springs 13-6 overall, 3-2 in District 6-A; Trousdale County 9-8, 2-3.