Hermitage Springs was the site of the Lady Dawgs first game last week, as Red Boiling Springs traveled to Wildcat country without star players Whitney Jordan and Laken Leonard. The Lady Bulldogs still have plenty of firepower without these two players, but it appeared at first it would take awhile for everyone to get used to playing without Jordan and Leonard.
The Lady Cats used this to their advantage, as they outplayed the Lady Dawgs inthe first half. A last second shot just missed for Hermitage Springs right before the half, but they had to be pleased as they went into the intermission tied at 25-25.
I am sure Coach White was frustrated with his team going into the break. However, the Lady Dawgs looked like the team of old in the third quarter, as they went on an 18-6 run to take a 43-31 lead going into the final quarter of action. The fourth quarter was just a technicality, as RBS cruised the rest of the way to a 55-42 win. I am sure this wasn’t the win Coach White was looking for, but playing without forty percent of your offense has to have some effect on how your team plays.
The win moved RBS to 14-1, as they inched closer to their rematch with Jackson County. Ashton Gentry led the Lady Dawgs in scoring with 19 points. Caylie Dickens also got into double-digits scoring 12 points of her own. Also scoring on the night for Red Boiling Springs was Kelly Rich with 9, Rachel Painter with 8, Tess Copas with 5 and Ciara Green with 2.
While the win over Hermitage Springs wasn’t exactly convincing the Lady Bulldogs still had to move forward as they traveled to Monterey on Friday, January 6th. The Lady Bulldogs had the services of Jordan and Leonard back on this night, and I am sure that Coach Larry White was thankful as RBS turned in another nice offensive performance as they won by a final score of 62-46 to give White his 400th career high school victory.
The Lady Dawgs used a 17-6 run during the second quarter to put the game out of reach by halftime. RBS led 37-21 going into the break. Both teams scored 25 points in the second half to bring us to the final score of 62-46. Ashton Gentry was once again the leading scorer pouring in 18 points. Laken Leonard also got into double figures with 13 points in her first game back. Also scoring on the night for Red Boiling Springs was Whitney Jordan with 9, Caylie Dickens with 9,Rachel Painter with 6, Kelly Rich with 5 and Lindsay Hume with 2.
This win moved the Lady Bulldogs to 15-1 on the season, as they can now focus their attention on Jackson County. The Lady Devils defeated RBS 50-46 in overtime on December 13th. Since then Jackson County has lost three games, while the Lady Bulldogs have reeled off seven straight wins. RBS will travel to Jackson County tonight, and be in action again on Friday, January 13th as they host the Clay County Lady Bulldogs.