Win the district.
Play in the state tournament.
Heading into the second-half of the girls' high school basketball season, all three goals are within reach for Red Boiling Springs.
That’s despite the Lady Bulldogs’ 22-point loss Wednesday night to Bowling Green in the championship game of the South Central Bank/Halton Classic at Allen County Scottsville High School.
“The score is not indicative of the game,” RBS coach Larry White said after Bowling Green beat the Lady Bulldogs 69-47.
“We played our hearts out,” White said. “We really did.
“We played the No. 8 ranked team in the state of Kentucky. They’re number one in this region here. They’re a triple A school and we’re Class A.”
Bowling Green entered the game on a mission.
“I’m trying to get my team to play with more intensity, more confidence and to get after teams more,” Bowling Green coach Lavonda Johnson said. “Those are things we need to improve on.”
Bowling Green (8-2) got after RBS from the start, opening with a 5-0 lead.
RBS (12-4) quickly matched with a field goal from Morgan Burgener and a 3-pointer by Layce Colter.
Bowling Green’s Adrienne Tarrence scored to go ahead 7-5, and the Lady Purples poured it on.
Bowling Green led 26-12 at the end of the first quarter and 40-23 at the half.
“Early in the game we didn’t do a good job on press offense,” White said. “We made an adjustment at halftime that got us back in the game.”
Colter made 3-pointer to pull RBS within 12 point, 44-32, with 4:45 to play in the third quarter. That’s as close as the Lady Bulldogs would get.
Colter shot 6 of 11 from the field and 4 of 6 from 3-point range to finish with a game-high 18 points in an impressive performance.
“She kind of put on a show up here tonight," White said.
But Colter wasn’t the only act on court for the Lady Bulldogs.
"Our other kids played really well, too," White said.
Colter, Burgener and Heather Jenkins were selected to the all-tournament team.
Jenkins scored 11 points and Tracy Hume added 10 points.
Mackenzie Painter and Miranda Evans added two points apiece. Burgron scored four points and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.
“They killed us on the glass,” White said of Bowling Green’s 32-27 rebounding edge. “We can look at turnovers (RBS 27, Bowling Green 9), but I promise you getting beat on the glass was the turning point in the game tonight.”
Bowling Green scored more points in the paint (40) than RBS (12).
Johnson said her team had “bursts of intensity” throughout the game. She also credited RBS’ performance in the tournament.
“Red Boiling Springs is a good team, a well-coached team,” Johnson added. “Layce Colter is a great player, a phenomenal player. She can do a lot of things. What I also respect about their team is that her other teammates seem to look to her as their go-to player.
“That shows that they have good team chemistry and that they expect that out of each other. They just accept their roles.”
White said RBS entered the season with three goals: win 25 games, win the district and play in the Class A state tournament in March.
“We’re on schedule,” White said.
RBS is 1-0 in District 8-A with a win against Gordonsville earlier this month. There are seven remaining district games to play by Feb. 9. The district run starts Jan. 5 at Watertown.
“Our district games are coming up,” White said. “We’re looking forward to the second half.”