Chris Brooks/For the Times Red Boiling Springs junior guard Mason Hix elevates between two Trousdale County defenders for an interior shot. Hix scored four points in the Bulldogs’ 67-37 loss on Friday evening.

Chris Brooks/For the Times

Red Boiling Springs junior guard Mason Hix elevates between two Trousdale County defenders for an interior shot. Hix scored four points in the Bulldogs’ 67-37 loss on Friday evening.

HARTSVILLE - The Red Boiling Springs High boys basketball team wasn't in a bad spot at halftime of Friday evening's District 6-A contest at Trousdale County.

However, the host Yellow Jackets did their part to put the Bulldogs away with a third-quarter run, eventually handing RBS a 67-37 loss.

The Bulldogs (15-4 overall, 3-2 in District 6-A) trailed 23-17 at halftime, but a 24-5 Yellow Jacket run over the next 6:20 helped put the game out of reach.

"They made some threes early in the second half and got some run outs, and we didn't do a good job of getting back on defense," RBS head coach Michael Owens said. "They got some offensive rebounds. All the things we did in the first half, we didn't do in the second half."

Trousdale County's tandem of senior Keyvont Baines (who scored a game-high 25 points) and junior Kobe Ford (22 points) combined for 47 points in the contest. Baines connected on four of the Yellow Jackets' six 3-pointers.

At the other end, the Bulldogs had trouble getting junior Dalton Marsh involved in the offense with Yellow Jacket defenders helping senior Hayden Clark double-team the Bulldogs' leading scorer in the paint.

"Trousdale's got a good team," Owens said. "They're very athletic, and you've got to do all those things to give yourself a chance to win. They did a good job containing Marsh inside, and we just didn't make any shots on the perimeter."

Marsh still managed 17 points despite the extra defensive attention, something Owens said Marsh will have improve upon in district play.

"(Marsh has) got to really get low and post up and make himself wide, maybe get a foul posting up, and be more assertive posting up," Owens said. "When that happens, we've got to get the ball to him. We didn't take advantage of the high post. We just didn't do some things that it took to win tonight."

RBS led 13-12 after the first quarter on a 3-pointer by junior guard Matthew Murphy at the buzzer, but the Yellow Jackets (6-11, 2-3) scored the next 11 points to take a 23-13 lead late in the second quarter.

The Bulldogs responded with the final four points of a low-scoring period, cutting the gap to six points at the break.

"We wanted to control the tempo of the game and make (Trousdale County) play a half-court game," Owens said. "We did a good job of that in the first half. We did a good job of rebounding and not letting them have any runouts."

No other Bulldog scorer reached double figures in the contest. Sophomore Omarion Williams scored seven points for RBS, while Murphy added five. Senior Hunter Kirk and junior Mason Hix each finished with four points.

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

RBS traveled to Gordonsville on Tuesday and will host Clay County on Friday.

Trousdale County boys 67, Red Boiling Springs 37

RED BOILING SPRINGS (37) – Dalton Marsh 17, Omarion Williams 7, Matthew Murphy 5, Mason Hix 4, Hunter Kirk 4.

TROUSDALE COUNTY (67) – Keyvont Baines 25, Kobe Ford 22, Tarvaris Claiborne 6, Cameron Rankins 6, Hayden Clark 3, Kane Burnley 3, Brandon Ramsey 2.

Half: 23-17, Trousdale County. Three-point goals: Red Boiling Springs 2 (Kirk 1, Murphy 1), Trousdale County 6 (Baines 4, Burnley 1, Clark 1). Records: Red Boiling Springs 15-4 overall, 3-2 in District 6-A; Trousdale County 6-11, 2-3.