RBSHS plays Mt. Juliet and Pickett County
Suzanna Brabant Contributing Writer
The Dawgs played two games on December 19th: the boys played McClain Christian in Holloway. They won 65-24. The girls played Pickett County at home. They lost 39-55. The following night, on December 20th, both teams played Mt. Juliet Christian. The boys won 52-49. The girls won 30-14. After a short break for the holiday, the boys will play on December 28, 29 and 30 in the Nera White Christmas Tournament hosted by Macon County High School and the girls will play in the Scottsville Tournament on December 30 and 31.
12/19 RBSH v McClain Christian Boys 65-24
On December 19th, the Dawgs played McClain Christian. They won the game 65-24. It was their second game with McClain Christian. The first was played on November 12th and the Dawgs won 84-47. In Thursday night’s game, the Dawgs put 22 points on the board in the first quarter, 21 in the second, 15 in the third and 7 in the fourth. #12 Brince Crouch made an impressive 19 points in the game. #15 Alex Mullinix and #11 Zane Roberts each made 10 points. #14 Chance Asberry made 9. #25 Nick Deckard made 6. #23 Ty Tuck made 3. #50 Dallas Greanead, #55 Wesley Fleming and #10 Chase Long made 2 points each and #32 Michael Tirjan and #34 Josh Tirjan each made 1.
12/19 RBSH v Pickett County Girls 39-55
The girls played Pickett County on December 19th. The game was an add-on to the schedule, replacing a game against Webb that had been on the schedule for December 7th but was cancelled due to inclement weather. Webb, apparently, did not want to re-schedule, so girls coach Larry White added Pickett County to the schedule. Before the game, Coach White said, “Pickett County is a really good team. We beat them twice last year, but haven’t seen what they can do this year. Their coach, Brent Smith, is a friend. He coached the Red Boiling Springs High School Boys Basketball team between 1998 and 2000. He’s married to one of my former players.”
In Thursday’s game, the Lady Dawgs started strong. They traded the advantage in the first and second quarters, but seemed to step away from every opportunity in the second half of the game and lagged 10 points behind throughout. In the first quarter, they put 17 points on the board to Pickett County’s 14. They added 7 points in the second quarter and 3 in the third. They put on some heat in the fourth quarter, adding 12 points. But, it wasn’t enough. The girls lost the game 39-55. As a team, they made 8 of 17 free-throws, 8 of 28 two-point and 5 of 21 three-point shots. They had 19 offensive and 26 defensive rebounds, 14 assists, 3 steals, 19 turnovers and 19 fouls. With 13 points, #35 Mayson Burgener was the team’s highest scorer. #33 Caley Tuck made 6 points. #45 Hannah Smith made 5. #10 Kelsey Jenkins, #14 Kaitlyn McCarter and #25 Mckenzie Hix each made 4 points. #12 Ashlyn Murphy made 3.
After the game, Coach Larry White said, “We’re disappointed in the outcome. We played pretty well until half-time. The girls handled the ball well, but missed a lot of opportunities to shoot. In the second half, they lost focus and made a lot of fouls. That’s what killed us.”
12/20 RBSH v Mt. Juliet Christian Boys 52-49
In the December 20th game against Mt. Juliet Christian, the boys started strong and kept up the momentum. It was a close game. The constant switch in favor of one or the other team raised the blood pressure of everyone in the gym. In the end, the Bulldogs won 52-49. It was their second time against Mt. Juliet Christian. The first game was played a week before on December 14th. They won that game 57-45. The Dawgs were missing several players in the re-match, several starters, but they met the challenge head-on. They put 10 points on the board in the first quarter, 11 in the second, 12 in the third and 19 in the fourth. Most of the 52 points scored in the game came from three players: #12 Brince Crouch, who made 18; #25 Nick Deckard, who made 16, and #11 Zane Roberts, who made 12. #15 Alex Mullinix rounded out the points with 6.
Head Coach Michael Owens said, “We had to battle some adversity tonight. We had one of our better athletes out, Ty Tuck. One of my better defensive players was out. One of our top subs was out sick. We had to play some of the less-experienced guys. I thought Dallas Greanead stepped up and played well for us. Brince Crouch pulled down 20 boards. He was big on the rebounds. We handled some adversity, made some plays defensively, got some transition baskets. Our defense really showed up in the last three-four minutes of the game. We played well. Last year, we would have folded and got beat. The teams’ perseverance shows their maturity. They’ve grown and they’ve improved.”
12/20 RBSH v Mt. Juliet Christian Girls 30-14
The girls played equally well and the teams were well-matched. The Lady Dawgs put 3 points on the board in the first quarter, 7 in the second, 8 in the third and 12 in the fourth. As a team, they made 6 of 37 two-point and 3 of 12 three-point shots, 9 of 16 free-throws, 7 offensive and 11 defensive rebounds, 1 assist, 8 steals, 3 blocks, 7 turnovers and 9 fouls. #35 Mason Burgener scored 9 points. #10 Kelsey Jenkins made 7. #25 Mckenzie Hix made 5. #14 Kaitlyn McCarter made 3. #12 Ashlyn Murphy, #33 Cayley Tuck and #45 Hannah Smith made 2 each. The girls won 30-14. Coming off the loss to Pickett County the previous evening, they were elated to win the game by 16 points. Head Coach Larry White said, “We were awfully disappointed about last night, but we came back tonight. I felt like we improved on everything we did wrong last night. We practiced hard and it wasn’t just a walk through. We went over everything.”
Against Mt. Juliet Christian, Coach White said, “I thought tonight we were really good defensively. The girls shot well. We played well. Free throws were a big deal for us in the game. Mt. Juliet Christian is a real patient team. They’re very good defensively, too. We played them last week and got beat. Mayson Burgener did not play for us in that game due to an injury and there’s a big difference having her with us. Mckenzie Hix came in off the bench tonight and gave us a big lift. I thought all of our kids played well. We may have turned it over some, but we also may have had a first tonight - the opposing team never shot a free throw. I don’t know how their coach feels about that. Our defense strategy was to keep the ball out of the big girl’s hands. We tried to double her every time. She only got two points the whole night. We accomplished a lot of goals tonight. It’s good to get a win before Christmas.”
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