Craig Harris/Macon County Times Red Boiling Springs Junior High point guard Bailey Massengille dribbles to the basket as Westmoreland’s Gracie Leath defends. Massengille scored eight points in the Lady Bulldogs’ 38-31 victory.

Craig Harris/Macon County Times

Red Boiling Springs Junior High point guard Bailey Massengille dribbles to the basket as Westmoreland’s Gracie Leath defends. Massengille scored eight points in the Lady Bulldogs’ 38-31 victory.

WESTMORELAND - The Red Boiling Springs Junior High girls basketball squad had no answer for the interior play of Wesmtoreland Middle School center Baye Dobbs early on.

Then, the Lady Eagles had no answer for the Lady Bulldog 3-pointers in the second half.

RBS (12-4) trailed by 13 points in the first half before rallying for a 38-31 victory in its season finale last Thursday evening.

"That was big for those girls," Lady Bulldog head coach Dustin McKinney said. "They deserved it. It's one of my favorite teams to coach. They're undersized, but they're scrappy. You love teams like that.

"They deserved it and went out and took it in the second half."

Dobbs scored 12 of her squad's first 16 points, helping her team build a 16-3 lead early in the second stanza.

However, Dobbs was limited to six points over the final 17-plus minutes, with all three of those baskets coming in the third quarter.

"She's good," McKinney said of Dobbs. "She was really aggressive on the glass, especially early on. She was moving us out of our spots. We tried to front her. It didn't matter."

However, second-quarter 3-pointers from Kennedy Marshall and Emma Woodcock helped RBS pull back to within eight points (20-12) by halftime.

"We missed a few shots early, and the game changed," McKinney said. "We made a few (shots). It got them rattled.

"The half-court trap kind of got them thinking too much."

Dobbs opened the second-half scoring with a layin, but Woodcock, Marshall and Bailey Massengille accounted for the next nine points with three 3-pointers, pulling back to within a point.

While leading by three points, the Lady Eagles (7-4) misfired on four consecutive free-throw attempts, and that was followed by Chloe Powell's 3-pointer with 5:32 remaining, tying the contest at 26.

Massengille was fouled while driving to the basket less than a minute later and made both free throws to place her squad in front to stay.

"They were playing a box-and-one (defense)," McKinney said. "We went on a little run. I told them to play hard, get on the glass and get a few traps and steals."

The Lady Bulldogs scored the first 13 points of the final period.

Woodcock and Powell made 3-pointers from the right corner during the run, establishing a 10-point lead (36-26) with 3:30 remaining.

The Lady Bulldogs made seven of their nine 3-pointers in the second half.

"Once we took the lead, we hit a couple of threes," McKinney said. "The lead went from two to 10 (points). That was big."

Woodcock led a balanced offensive attack with nine points, backed by Marshall (8 points), Massengille (8), Green (7) and Powell (6).

RBS swept the season series from Westmoreland, having captured a 45-27 victory over the visiting Lady Eagles on Nov. 14.

Red Boiling Springs Junior High girls 38, Westmoreland 31

RED BOILING SPRINGS (38) – Emma Woodcock 9, Kennedy Marshall 8, Bailey Massengille 8, Josie Green 7, Chloe Powell 6.

WESTMORELAND (31) – Baye Dobbs 18, Kyla Urell 5, Avi Viselli 4, Payton Crump 2, Amelia Richardson 2.

Half: 20-12, Westmoreland. Three-point goals: Red Boiling Springs 9 (Woodcock 3, Marshall 2, Powell 2, Green 1, Massengille 1), Westmoreland 1 (Urell 1). Records: Red Boiling Springs 12-4, Westmoreland 7-4.