Craig Harris/Macon County Times Red Boiling Springs freshman point guard Claire Fleming elevates for a second-quarter shot in front of Clay County (Kentucky) junior Taylor Asher. Fleming scored seven points in the Lady Bulldogs’ 50-42 win on Saturday morning.

Craig Harris/Macon County Times

Red Boiling Springs freshman point guard Claire Fleming elevates for a second-quarter shot in front of Clay County (Kentucky) junior Taylor Asher. Fleming scored seven points in the Lady Bulldogs’ 50-42 win on Saturday morning.

JAMESTOWN -- Briley Morgan is becoming more confident.

That paid off for the Red Boiling Springs High girls basketball team on Saturday morning as the senior guard helped the Lady Bulldogs pull away in the second half for a 50-42 victory over Clay County (Kentucky) in the fifth-place game of the Hall's Sgt. York Southeastern Christmas Invitational, which was played at York Institute.

The contest was tied at halftime, but Morgan scored seven of her 12 points over a five-minute stretch in the second half.

"They've gotten on to me a bunch when I'm driving in and don't see it open and don't shoot it," Morgan said. "My confidence is going up a lot more since the start of the season. That's helped a bunch too."

RBS (13-4) struggled offensively against the Lady Tigers' 2-3 zone.

"For some reason, against zones, we don't want to drive it in (to the basket)," Morgan said. "Against man (defense), we drive in all the time. Where we are playing (against) more zone, we are figuring out where to drive.

"(Lady Bulldog head coach Dustin McKinney) said to drive in. You don't have to score. You might get a kick-out (pass), but when you drive it in, it opens things up."

Liz Anderson, Haley Davis and Kennedy Fleming all made 3-pointers over the first four minutes to give RBS a five-point lead.

However, the Lady Bulldogs produced just nine points over the final 12 minutes of the first half.

"They were extending out really wide," McKinney said. "We talked about our guards getting in the paint. We ran a few more sets in the second half just to get moving."

There were six lead changes in the first half.

Back-to-back layins from senior Kaylee Mathis gave Clay County (6-4) a three-point lead, but Morgan's 3-pointer created a 19-19 deadlock at halftime.

Then, RBS made four 3-pointers in the third quarter, with Kennedy Fleming accounting for two of those.

Anderson and Morgan made back-to-back 3-pointers, creating an 11-point margin (35-24).

"We shot it better in the second half, and we got a few steals and got out in transition," McKinney said.

However, Mathis scored the final five points of the period to pull her squad back to within six points.

Morgan guarded Mathis, who entered the tournament averaging 20 points per game. Mathis scored 15 of her game-high 23 in the second half.

"She made some tough shots," McKinney said. "The big (junior center Alexis Lewis) hurt us early. We got more physical with her.

"I was pleased (defensively)."

Morgan added, "It's (big) knowing I have my team to back me up if I do get beat (with dribble penetration). I have confidence to get up on her. Having teammates to back me up made me more confident, but it was tough."

Morgan penetrated into the lane for two baskets over the first 2:04 of the final period as the lead swelled back to double figures.

"She made some big baskets," McKinney said. "She's playing with a lot of confidence. She's not afraid to make a mistake. That mentality is big to have."

Kennedy Fleming helped RBS seal the win as she scored nine of her team-high 20 points in the fourth quarter.

Lewis backed Mathis' production with 11 points.

· York Institute claimed the tournament title with a 45-32 victory over Cloudland in Saturday evening's championship game.

Lady Dragon point guard Haylee Johnson scored 18 points in the title game and was selected as the most valuable player.

Red Boiling Springs girls 50, Clay County (Kentucky) 42

RBS (50) – Kennedy Fleming 20, Briley Morgan 12, Liz Anderson 8, Claire Fleming 7, Haley Davis 3.

CLAY COUNTY (42) – Kaylee Mathis 23, Alexis Lewis 11, Jaylen Combs 6, Hailey Napier 2.

Half: 19-19. Three-point goals: RBS 8 (K. Fleming 3, Anderson 2, Morgan 2, Davis 1), Clay County 3 (Combs 2, Mathis 1). Records: RBS 13-4, Clay County 6-4.