Craig Harris/Macon County Times Red Boiling Springs High eighth-grade guard Claire Fleming elevates for a second-quarter layin in front of Unaka’s Madison Rice. Fleming scored 9 point in the Lady Bulldogs’ 50-33 victory.

Craig Harris/Macon County Times

Red Boiling Springs High eighth-grade guard Claire Fleming elevates for a second-quarter layin in front of Unaka’s Madison Rice. Fleming scored 9 point in the Lady Bulldogs’ 50-33 victory.

JAMESTOWN -- Jasmine Pruitte made a significant impact on last Thursday evening's opening game in the Hall's Sgt. York Southeastern Christmas Invitational at York Institute.

The Red Boiling Springs High School sophomore did so without ever taking the court.

Regardless, Pruitte helped her squad, which pulled away in the second half for a 50-33 victory over visiting Unaka.

Pruitte -- who is a reserve for the Lady Bulldogs -- gave her jersey to the team's leading scorer, junior guard Kennedy Fleming.

"I kind of forgot my jersey at home, and Jasmine was nice enough to let me wear her's," Fleming said. "We always take our jerseys to practice. I came home and took it all off and put it in a pile. I guess I didn't pick it back up when I grabbed it all."

Instead of her No. 11, Fleming was sporting No. 50.

"Before the game, I was like, 'Is this going to bring me good luck or bad luck,' " Fleming said. "It felt weird honestly."

The Lady Bulldogs led just 15-14 after Lady Ranger forward Myah Parlier's 5-footer rolled in with 1:44 remaining in the first half.

However, RBS junior guard Haley Davis tossed in a 3-pointer 23 seconds later, and eighth-grade teammate Claire Fleming came up with a steal in the open court that led to her transition layin, giving her squad a 20-14 lead by halftime.

The Lady Bulldogs forced 11 turnovers in the first half but were plagued by turnovers as well, committing 10 turnovers over the first two quarters.

That problem persisted in the third quarter, with RBS head coach Dustin McKinney calling a timeout at the 5:43 mark following turnovers on three consecutive possessions.

"(McKinney) said, 'what are you doing," Kennedy Fleming said. "It's his catch phrase. He said to quit turning it over and let's get some scores. That's all we needed ... to calm down."

McKinney added, "Probably a lot of it was just (taking) three days off. That's hard. It was sloppy. We finally just woke up."

The Lady Bulldogs scored 15 consecutive points to take control, with Davis scoring 9 points during the surge.

RBS eighth-grade guard Claire Fleming came off of the bench to provide assists on three 3-pointers during that stretch. The Lady Bulldogs made five 3-pointers in the third period.

"The biggest thing is that when the ball is in her hands, you're not freaking out," McKinney said of Claire Fleming. "She makes the right pass. She makes the right read. She gives us another playmaker, and she's playing pretty well defensively. I thought she could come in and give us minutes, but I didn't think she could be a key piece. Right now though, she is. It's assists, taking care of the ball, steals ... and she's grown a lot. She looks small, but now, she's just another one of our small girls."

Claire Fleming is the younger sister of Kennedy Fleming.

"I've watched her play over and over again," Kennedy Fleming said. "She is a very mature player for her age. She still has a lot of learning to do, but she brings a lot of energy. She steps up when we need her to.

"When we played CPA (Christ Presbyterian Academy) at Watertown (in the AFLAC Christmas Tournament one week earlier), I rolled my ankle for the third time that week. She came in and got two and-ones (making a basket while getting fouled) back to back before I could come back in the game to put us up."

Unaka wasn't able to get any closer than 13 points in the fourth quarter.

"I was pleased with our defense," McKinney said. "The scouting report was good. We helped down (into the post area) when we needed to help down.

"The turnovers were the only thing we really didn't do well. We were trying to run, but we kept turning it over before we ever got going."

Kennedy Fleming finished with a game-high 18 points, and Davis and Claire Fleming provided 12 and 9 points, respectively.

Parlier scored a team-high 14 points.

The Lady Bulldogs won for the seventh time in their last nine games.

"Most of us have been playing together since fourth grade," Kennedy Fleming said. "We have that certain kind of chemistry. I know where Bug (Davis) is going to go. Bug knows where Liz (Anderson) is going to go. It's easier when you know each other so well.

"We're playing really well right now."

Red Boiling Springs earned a spot in the championship game with a 55-49, overtime victory over York Institute in Friday evening's semifinal round.

The two teams were tied at 12 after one period of play, but the Lady Bulldogs led 18-15 at halftime and 32-31 entering the fourth quarter. The contest was tied at 45 entering overtime.

Kennedy Fleming had two field goals (including a 3-pointer) in overtime, and she made two free throws later in the extra period. Davis also sank 3 of 6 from the charity stripe in overtime to help RBS to victory.

Kennedy Fleming finished with a game-high 21 points, and Davis and Randolph scored 13 and 11 points, respectively. Randolph produced 9 in the first half.

Anderson scored 7 points, and Briley Morgan provided 3.

RBS was 19 of 30 at the free-throw line.

Conversely, the Lady Dragons were just 9 of 14 at the free-throw line.

York Institute's Harli Smith scored 12 of her team-high 20 points after halftime.

Red Boiling Springs girls 50, Unaka 33

RBS (50) – Kennedy Fleming 18, Haley Davis 12, Claire Fleming 9, Briley Morgan 6, Liz Anderson 3, Lindsay Randolph 2.

UNAKA (33) – Myah Parlier 14, Savannah Tipton 7, Jada Whitehead 6, Madison Pierce 3, Macy Ensor 2, Cydney Forney 1.

Half: 20-14, RBS. Three-point goals: RBS 9 (Davis 3, K. Fleming 3, Morgan 2, C. Fleming 1), Unaka 3 (Pierce 1, Tipton 1, Whitehead 1). Records: RBS 11-5, Unaka 5-8.