Before a standing room crowd Jackson County spoiled the night by sweeping both games from the Bulldogs. Jackson County girls had to fight all the entire game to pull out a 36-29 victory while the Boys game went down to the wire as Jackson County played their best defensive game of the season beating the Bulldogs 55-48.
The Girls game was a hard fought contest all the way as the Lady Bulldogs kept themselves in this game with their defense playing a match-up zone, which gave the Lady Blue Devils fits the entire game and holding them to a season low 36 points. The Lady Bulldog offense was just not enough as they missed 8 front ends of a one plus one.
The Lady Blue Devils held a 21-12 lead at halftime by getting more shots and taking advantage of turnovers(9) by the Lady Bulldogs. The Lady Bulldogs got 4 points from Shaylee Ellingson and a 3 pointer from Kaitlyn McCarter plus 3 points from Cayley Tuck and McKenzie Hix had 2 points.
The Lady Bulldogs outscored the Lady Blue Devils in the third quarter by 1 point to stay within striking distance going into the fourth quarter. The game was there for the taking for the Lady Bulldogs but those missed free throws and a very good defense from the Lady Blue Devils was the turning point in this game. Jackson County got 13 second chance points in the second half plus held a plus 8 in rebounds and that was the telling point in this game.
Lady Bulldog scoring totals-Hannah Smith-8 points-McKenzie Hix-6 points-Cayley Tuck-5 points-Ellingson and McCarter both finished with 4 points and Maggie Isenberg finished with 2 points.
The boy’s game figured to be a hard fought contest with both teams running and gunning and their desire to shoot the 3 point shot. Jackson County made 7 shots from three point range while the Bulldogs made only 3. The Bulldogs managed to stay close to the Blue Devils despite their hot shooting and trailed only 19-14 after the first quarter. Jackson County may have won this game in the second quarter by holding the Bulldogs to only 7 points and taking a 33-21 lead at halftime.
The Third quarter is where those defenses really showed up as the Bulldogs held the Blue Devils to only 8 points but could only score 9 points to make the score 41-30 Blue Devils going to the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs started going inside early in the quarter and Center Brince Crouch responded by scoring 7 points the first 4 minutes of the quarter plus Nick Deckard nailed a 3 pointer and the Bulldogs were within 3 points of tying this game up. Jackson County goes 10 deep with players and they had much fresher kids down the stretch and managed to make their free throws late to hang on for a very hard fought win.
Scoring Totals for the Bulldogs-Crouch-19 points-Mullinex-10 points-Deckard-9 points-Roberts-5 points-Chance Asberry 2 points and Elijah Byfield came off the bench and scored 3 points. Zane Roberts was fouled late in the game and he fell pretty hard on the floor and had to leave the contest. He appeared to be ok after the game.
There are signs the Bulldogs are starting to peak at the right time and the next 6 games are on the road and those games could be the turning point for this senior laden team. After the play-in game the district tournament will be held at Goodpasture and the Region tournament will be at Watertown.
Red Boiling Springs High School paid tribute to the Senior Class of 2015. Seniors honored include: McKenzie Hix, Kaitlyn McCarter, Autumn Crowder, Kaitlyn Mea, Katelyn Murphy, Brince Crouch, Wesley Davis, Nick Deckard, Alex Mullinex, and Zane Roberts.