Craig Harris/Macon County Times Red Boiling Springs Junior High guard Kennedy Marshall dribbles to the basket during first-quarter action.

Craig Harris/Macon County Times

Red Boiling Springs Junior High guard Kennedy Marshall dribbles to the basket during first-quarter action.

RED BOILING SPRINGS -- The Red Boiling Springs Junior High girls basketball team stymied Gordonsville in the first half on Monday evening, leading to a 37-28 victory.

"Defensively, that's where the biggest improvement is," Lady Bulldog head coach Dustin McKinney said. "It's fundamentals. I tell them not to be satisfied, to try to take their game to the next level."

RBS held two of its opponents scoreless during the first half of wins last week.

Then, on Monday, the Lady Bulldogs limited the Lady Tigers to six points over the first 14 minutes of play.

"They're getting better at learning when to help and when not to help (defensively)," McKinney said. "We can't play zone, because we are so small. We are trying to get better with help-side, being able to rotate and with communication."

RBS (6-1) started slow, leading just 4-2 midway through the opening period.

However, a Chloe Powell putback, a 12-footer from Bailey Massengille and Kennedy Marshall's 3-pointer extended the lead to 11-2 entering the second stanza.

Polk knocked down another 3-pointer midway through the second period for a 16-2 lead.

The margin was 13 points (19-6) at halftime.

Powell hit two 3-pointers in the third quarter, and Marshall and Massengille also knocked down shots from beyond the three-point arc as well.

That extended the lead to 22 points (34-12) entering the final period.

"That's what we talked about, getting in the gaps (with dribble penetration) and getting kick-outs (passes)," McKinney said. "In the first half, we had useless dribbles. We were trying to get more downhill (in the second half)."

RBS emptied its bench in the fourth quarter, and Gordonsville took advantage of it, scoring 16 consecutive points.

Madison Askew scored eight consecutive points to cap the unanswered stretch, pulling the Lady Tigers to within six points.

That prompted the Lady Bulldog starters to re-enter for the final 27 seconds.

Massengille tossed in a 35-footer at the buzzer.

Massengille scored a game-high 15 points, and Powell provided nine points.

Askew scored a team-high 10 points.

"As individuals, they have taken a big step," McKinney said. "Chloe has taken a big step, and D (Polk) has taken a big step."

Red Boiling Springs girls 37, Gordonsville 28

GORDONSVILLE (28) – Madison Askew 10, Kali Underwood 6, Ashlyn Naylor 4, Bailey Trusty 4, Emma Crawford 2, Bailey Trusty 2.

RED BOILING SPRINGS (37) – Bailey Massengille 15, Chloe Powell 9, Kennedy Marshall 6, De’Awndria Polk 5, Josie Green 2.

Half: 19-6, RBS. Three-point goals: Gordonsville 0, Red Boiling Springs 6 (Massengille 2, Powell 2, Marshall 1, Polk 1). Records: Red Boiling Springs 6-1.