Red Boiling Springs High School basketball teams took on the Friendship Christian Commanders last Tuesday night. One team played one of their better games of the year and one got steamrolled.
The Lady Bulldogs fell behind early and trailed 15-6 after the first quarter. They gave up way too many second chance points to a much larger team that controlled the boards the entire game. Friendship Christian let the Lady Bulldogs back in this game because they could not handle the Lady Bulldog full court press as Red Boiling Springs cut the lead down to 6 points at halftime trailing 26-20.
First half scoring for the Lady Bulldogs-Katie Hix led with 6 points followed by Kalish Lynch with 4 points while Hannah Smith and Kelsey Jenkins both made a 3 pointer. Mayson Burgener and Kaitlyn McCarter both had 2 points in the first half.
The Lady Bulldogs were outscored in the third quarter 13-9 and Friendship took a third quarter lead of 39-29. The Lady Bulldogs scoring--Kalisha Lynch made 5 free throws while Burgener had the only basket.
Friendship kept making mistakes letting the Lady Bulldogs hang around but the turnover bug was the downfall for the Lady Bulldogs. Getting points from only Kelsey Jenkins in the fourth quarter, she had 8 points, kept the Lady Bulldogs from having any real chance of winning this game. Final Score Friendship 51 RBS 37.
The Bulldogs came out of the dressing room ready to put a defeat on the Commanders but trailed in this contest at the break by a score of 22-6. Once again the Bulldogs had problems scoring points but give credit to Friendship as their defense was all over the Bulldogs from the very start of this game.
The Bulldogs first half scoring came from Zane Roberts with 3 points while Brince Crouch had a 2 point basket and Dallas Greanead had a free throw.
The Bulldog fans were hoping for a second half comeback but the Commanders were just too tough to handle and they had a very strong bench and after the third quarter the Bulldogs were ready to pack this one in and play another night. The Bulldogs scored 7 points in the quarter as Alex Mullinex made a nice 3 pointer and Ty Tuck had a 2 point basket and 2 free throws from Nick Deckard.
Bulldog Coach Michael Owens used his bench most of the fourth quarter as did Friendship Christian because this contest was decided a long time ago. The 6 points in the fourth quarter came from Ty Tuck with 4 points Zane Roberts made a 2 point basket.
One final note on the games with Friendship is this rivalry will end after January 29th when the Commanders will make their final appearance in Red Boiling Springs. Next year the Commanders will be totally private and can recruit and compete with all the private schools. RBS has had a good relationship with Friendship and we will miss them.