Craig Harris/Macon County Times Red Boiling Springs High junior guard Briley Morgan dribbles to the basket as Clarkrange’s Reece Stover defends.

Craig Harris/Macon County Times

Red Boiling Springs High junior guard Briley Morgan dribbles to the basket as Clarkrange’s Reece Stover defends.

RED BOILING SPRINGS -- The Red Boiling Springs High girls basketball team stayed close early on but quickly faded in a 67-28 loss to visiting Clarkrange on Friday evening.

"All five girls, you have to honor all of them," Lady Bulldog head coach Dustin McKinney said of the Lady Buffaloes. "They space the floor out. The two twins (Kassie Monday and Kaylie Monday) are winners. They make winning plays."

The two teams played in Clarkrange on Dec. 14, with the Lady Buffaloes rolling to an 84-45 win.

On Friday, despite committing eight turnovers in the opening period, RBS trailed by just a point late in the first quarter. Lady Bulldog junior guard Haley Davis made two 3-pointers in the period, and sophomore teammate Liz Anderson sank another 3-pointer with 12 seconds left.

However, Clarkrange guard Gracie Bush tossed in a 27-footer at the first-quarter buzzer.

That started a 53-11 run over the next 20-plus minutes.

The third-ranked Lady Buffaloes turned two more turnovers early in the second stanza into transition layins.

"All five (starters) are quick," McKinney said. "We worked on it in practice. We practiced against six or seven girls, but it's hard to simulate the speed.

"When they get a turnover, they convert. It's hard to run them down (in transition)."

Davis drove the lane for a layin at the 6:06 mark of the second period, accounting for her squad's lone field goal in the quarter.

RBS (16-8 overall, 6-4 in District 6-A) faced a 30-14 deficit at halftime.

Then, sophomore teammate Lindsay Randolph produced two field goals in the third quarter, her squad's only two of the period.

The Lady Bulldogs made just four 3-pointers and then had difficulty converting off of dribble penetration to the basket.

"We got in there (in to the lane), but they can recover so quick," McKinney said. "You have to make a split-second decision, because they're so quick. I feel like we never made the right decision."

Clarkrange (21-3, 10-1) scored the final six points of the third period and the first 10 of the final period. That extended the lead to 43 points (63-20).

Each team emptied its bench for the final five minutes.

Davis scored a team-high 9 points.

Kassie Monday led the Lady Buffaloes offensively with 17 points, and Reece Stover and Gracie Bush provided 12 and 11, respectively.

Clarkrange girls 67, Red Boiling Springs 28

CLARKRANGE (67) – Kassie Monday 17, Reece Stover 12, Gracie Bush 11, Kaylie Monday 8, Amber Peterson 7, Chloe Howard 6, Mackenzie Pile 4, Lexi Pierce 2.

RBS (28) – Haley Davis 9, Lindsay Randolph 4, Liz Anderson 3, Kennedy Fleming 3, Hayely McCarter 3, Mary Ellen Copas 2, Rhiannon Hix 2, Claire Fleming 1, Graycee West 1.

Half: 30-14, Clarkrange. Three-point goals: Clarkrange 7 (Bush 3, Kassie Monday 3, Peterson 1), RBS 4 (Davis 2, Anderson 1, McCarter 1). Records: Clarkrange 21-3 overall, 10-1 in District 6-A; RBS 16-8, 6-4.