Chris Brooks/For the Times Red Boiling Springs senior guard Kennedy Fleming attempts to dribble around Trousdale County junior Josie Garrett during Friday evening’s contest. Fleming scored 9 points in the Lady Bulldogs’ 46-40 victory.

Chris Brooks/For the Times

Red Boiling Springs senior guard Kennedy Fleming attempts to dribble around Trousdale County junior Josie Garrett during Friday evening’s contest. Fleming scored 9 points in the Lady Bulldogs’ 46-40 victory.

RED BOILING SPRINGS -- Red Boiling Springs junior Kennedy Fleming had plenty of attention from visiting Trousdale County on Friday evening, and classmate Haley Davis made the Lady Jackets pay for it.

Davis hit four 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 21 points as RBS defeated Trousdale County 46-40 to sweep the regular-season series between the two teams.

More importantly, it earned the Lady Bulldogs at least a fourth-place finish in District 6-A, ensuring that they will open the district tournament with a home game.

"We're in a good place right now," Davis said. "And I feel like we need to keep hustling, and I think we'll be fine."

RBS (20-8 overall, 8-4 in District 6-A) won the previous meeting, 58-54, at Trousdale County on Jan. 4. Just as they did in the previous meeting, the Lady Bulldogs connected on eight 3-pointers Friday.

Davis paced RBS with half of those threes, while sophomore Liz Anderson and Kennedy Fleming knocked down two each.

However, it was the Lady Bulldogs' defense that helped pave the way for their third consecutive victory. Junior Tori Simmons had 14 points for the Lady Jackets in the first meeting. On Friday, that total was slashed to just 4.

RBS also held senior Shelby Jane Petty to 12 points. She was the only Trousdale County player to reach double figures.

"(Eighth-grader) Claire (Fleming) did a good job guarding (Petty)," RBS head coach Dustin McKinney said. "And our helpers that need to be helping … (Trousdale) has a couple girls that can shoot and have a good post girl, so you can't really just throw everything at (Petty). But I thought we did a good job of being in the right spots and making her work for everything that she got. That was the plan, to kind of try to wear down as much as possible."

Davis added, "It says our defense is getting better, and since Claire (Fleming) has come up, she's really a big asset for our defense because she's really fast. That means our defense's progressing really well for this season."

The Lady Jackets held Kennedy Fleming to nine points, determined to limit her effectiveness after she racked up 28 points in the first meeting.

"Kennedy (Fleming) was one of our main scorers at the beginning of the season and the end of the season of last year," Davis said. "It's good to expand more of our scoring, because teams are playing box and-one (defense) on her and only guarding her mostly."

RBS opened up a 7-2 lead over the first four minutes and appeared poised to run away with the game. Things shifted the Lady Jackets' way over the next six minutes as a 12-0 run allowed Trousdale County to take a 14-7 lead early in the second quarter.

"They're going to score, but you can't go through droughts," McKinney said. "I thought we had a drought right there at the end of the first quarter, final three or four minutes of it where we didn't play well."

Anderson halted the streak with a 3-pointer two minutes into the second stanza, and Davis followed up with a trey of her own one minute later to pull the Lady Bulldogs back within one (14-13). Davis scored the final five points of the half as RBS took an 18-16 lead into halftime.

The Lady Bulldogs led the entire second half but couldn't completely put Trousdale County away until the final minute. RBS shot 14-of-24 from the free-throw line and never led by more than eight points in the contest.

"I thought we won the game defensively, to hold them to 40 points," McKinney said. "You know, they probably average in the mid-50s. To hold them under their average probably was the difference in the game."

Sophomore Lindsay Randolph added 4 points for the Lady Bulldogs, while Claire Fleming finished with 3.

Freshman Kailen Donoho had 9 points for Trousdale County, while junior Chloe Donoho chipped in 7. Other Lady Jacket scorers included junior Josie Garrett with 6 and sophomore Kinley Brown with 2.

The RBS program reached the 20-win mark for the 14th time in the program's history.

The Lady Bulldogs conclude the regular season this week with district games at Clay County on Tuesday and at home against Pickett County on Thursday. A third meeting with Trousdale County would also be in the cards if the Lady Bulldogs finish fourth, as the Lady Jackets will be the No. 5 seed in the district tournament.

Red Boiling Springs girls 46, Trousdale County 40

TROUSDALE COUNTY (40) – Shelby Jane Petty 12, Kailen Donoho 9, Chloe Donoho 7, Josie Garrett 6, Tori Simmons 4, Kinley Brown 2.

RED BOILING SPRINGS (46) – Haley Davis 21, Liz Anderson 9, Kennedy Fleming 9, Lindsay Randolph 4, Claire Fleming 3.

Half: 18-16, RBS. Three-point goals: RBS 8 (Davis 4, Anderson 2, K. Fleming 2), Trousdale County 6 (K. Donoho 3, Petty 2, Brown 1). Records: Trousdale County 14-12 overall, 6-7 in District 6-A; RBS 20-8, 8-4.