For Red Boiling Springs High School girls’ basketball coach Larry White, that saying was more than a mindset late Wednesday night.
It was a way of life.
Hours after Jackson County beat RBS 44-40 in the championship game of the Region 4-A girls’ basketball tournament at Livingston Academy, White was in Celina practicing what he’d preached to his players.
His message: Don’t dwell on a second-place finish when a trip to the state tournament is at stake at 7 p.m. on Saturday in sectional game at Chattanooga School for Arts & Sciences.
The scouting process began immediately with White driving to Clay County to get game footage of CSAS.
“We just want to move on,” White said on the drive home, scouting tape in hand. “We just need to forget about (Wednesday night). We don’t need to feel bad about it. We did the best job we could. We had a great effort.”
Layce Colter scored 18 points and Heather Jenkins added 13 points for RBS (23-10) against Jackson County.
MacKenzie Painter scored 7 points and Morgan Burgener had 2 points.
“Our effort was just unbelievable,” White said. “It was a really, really well-played game by both teams.”
Turnovers were a problem for RBS in the first half. Nine of the Lady Bulldogs’ 14 turnovers were in the first two quarters.
RBS adjusted its press offense to keep the turnovers in check in the second half.
“That cut down on our turnovers immediately,” White said.
Jenkins, Painter and Colter were named to the all-region tournament team.
Had the Lady Bulldogs beat Jackson County, then they would have played host to a sectional game instead of traveling to Chattanooga.
CSAS beat Marion County 65-45 in the Region 3-A championship game.
RBS and CSAS haven’t played this season, but they did cross paths in a scrimmage game last fall in Shelbyville. White said RBS’ 10-point win means nothing Saturday night.
“Scrimmage games are completely different,” White said.
Without viewing the game tape, White offered a preliminary scouting report on CSAS:
“They’re very quick. They’re very, very athletic,” White said. “They press the glass. Those are the keys. It’s my understanding they’ve become a good pressing team. When we played them before they were not.”
RBS’ coaching staff will spend today formulating a game plan. The team will practice Friday and leave for Chattanooga Saturday about 12:45 p.m.
The Lady Bulldogs hope for a repeat of their last sectional game in Chattanooga. In 2006, RBS beat Tennessee Temple to advance to the state tournament.
“We will have a huge following from Red Boiling Springs when we go to Chattanooga,” White said. “I dare say we’ll probably have more people at the gym than they will.”