Both girls and boys basketball teams at Red Boiling Springs High School were in the finals of the district 8A.
Unfortunately both teams fell just short.
The Bulldogs have been playing good basketball the last couple of weeks but on this night there was no stopping Goodpasture as John Payne put up 35 points and the Bulldogs went down in defeat 62-44.
The Bulldogs got off to a early lead against the Cougars but when John Payne came alive then the Cougars pulled away for a hard fought win 62-44.
The Cougars led this game 14-8 early in the first quarter and they dashed any hopes the Bulldogs had of pulling off a upset.Back on Jan. 27th the Bulldogs took the Cougars to double overtime so there was a glimer of hope if the Bulldogs well.
This game was up and down the court at a rapid pace and Goodpasture,s bench played a major role in this win.By halftime the Bulldogs were still in this game trailing only 28-18 thanks to Alex Mullinex and Nick Deckard plus Zane Roberts who had 9 points between them.Brince Crouch had 5 first half points for the Bulldogs plus Chance Asberry had 2 points.
With Crouch in foul trouble and on the bench the Cougars outscored the Bulldogs in the third quarter 20-13 and now take a 48-31 lead into the fourth quarter.At this point in the game Bulldog Coach Michael Owens started to use his bench and hope the rest will help his starters on Tuesday Night.
Scoring Totals for the Bulldogs-Crouch-17 points-Mullinex-9 points-Asberry-5 points-Roberts-3 points-Deckard-3 points-Tirjan-2 points-Wesley Fleming-2 points-Chase Long-2 points and Levi Grace scored 1 point.
The good news is that the Bulldogs are headed to the regionals in what some basketball fans say is the toughest in the state. The Bulldogs will face off against Watertown on Monday the 16th for third place in District 8A. After that game we will know where the Bulldogs will be playing. The regional tournament is scheduled to be held at Watertown.
The Watertown Purple Tigers played the first quarter in a daze against the Lady Bulldogs and RBS fell behind by a score of 9-6 before they realized this game was for the District 8A championship. From the first quarter on, the Lady Tigers outscored the Lady Bulldogs by 15 points in the second quarter plus 11 points in the third quarter and 11 points in the fourth quarter and won the District 8A Tournament Championship 49-32.
The turning point in this game was in the second quarter when Lady Bulldog Cayley Tuck was called for her 3rd foul and she failed to score after that point. The Lady Bulldogs also had McKenzie Hix foul out to start the fourth quarter and early in the fourth quarter Kaitlyn McCarter also fouled out.
The Lady Bulldogs went almost 8 minutes from the last part of the third quarter to the last 2 minutes of the game with just one 2 point basket plus 4 free throws by Macy Raines while Watertown scored 23 points to win the Championship going away.
On this night the Watertown girls were the best team but give the Lady Bulldogs credit for playing back to back games and they just wore down. Scoring totals for the Lady Bulldogs-Hannah Smith-8 points-McKenzie Hix-6 points-Kaitlyn McCarter-6 points-Cayley Tuck-4 points-Macy Raines 4-points-Amber McCarter-3 [points and Maggie Isenberg with 1 point. McKenzie Hix along with Cayley Tuck and Kaitlyn McCarter made the All Tournament team while McCarter and Tuck made the regular season Tournament team.
The Lady Bulldogs will have a home game this Friday night in the quarter finals of the region and the Lady Blue Devils from Jackson County will make the short trip from Gainsboro to face the Lady Bulldogs. Let’s all wear Red and pack the gym for Friday night.