RBS vs Trousdale Co. February 28, 2011 - Region 4A Semi-Final
By Misty Green
The Red Boiling Springs High School Lady Bulldogs advanced in the region semi-finals held at Watertown on February 28th, 2011, after defeating Trousdale County for the third time this season, by a score of 46-39 in the Region 4-A game.
The Lady Bulldogs led the opening quarter 12-10, but by the halftime break the Lady Jackets of Trousdale County had slipped ahead of Red Boiling Springs with a 22-20 advantage.
The game was definitely intense from the tip off, staying neck-in-neck throughout the game. Trousdale County popped in two-points to open the third quarter, however the Lady Bulldogs stood ready to answer. Two free-throws by senior Heather Jenkins tied the game at 24 each, with 4:38 remaining in the period. Trousdale County replied with a hard fought lay-up, yet senior Mackenzie Painter was fouled to re-tie the game at 26 each, 2:46 left in the quarter. The Lady Jackets then acquired a three-point play to lead 29-26, 1:29 remaining. Lady Bulldog Morgan Burgener was allowed to walk to the line with .30 on the game clock, Red Boiling Springs trails 29-28.
The Lady Dawgs regained control early in the final period with points made by Mackenzie Painter, Morgan Burgener, and Katie Hix for a nine-point advantage. The Lady Jackets quickly answered with three two-point shots to trail 38-35 with three minutes remaining in the challenge. One free-throw from Painter, and two from the highly guarded senior Layce Colter pushed the Lady Bulldogs forward 41-35 with .44 remaining in regulation.
Within 15 seconds, Trousdale County nailed four points from the floor, to shadow the Lady Bulldogs 41-39.
With adrenaline flowing at full force, the Lady Jackets fouled three Lady Bulldogs in the remaining 14 seconds, and with two free-shots from Mackenzie Painter and Morgan Burgener, and one-point from Katie Hix, Red Boiling Springs was able to claim the win, 46-39.
Katie Hix and Mackenzie Painter led the Lady Dawgs to victory with 11 points each, followed by Heather Jenkins with eight points, Morgan Burgener with seven points, Marina Evans with five points, and Layce Colter with four points.
The Lady Bulldogs were to play Jackson County in the Region 4-A finals on Wednesday at Watertown.