The Lady Dawgs went into the Region 4-A tournament seeded second after losing to Jackson County in 3 overtimes. The Lady Dawgs were hoping to have another change against Jackson County, and that’s exactly what they got last week. First they would fly past Watertown and Clay County to get to the championship.
The Lady Dawgs started the game out to show they were serious. Going on a 21-2 run in the first quarter, it was pretty obvious who would win this game. Watertown picked it up in the second quarter, but Red Boiling still outscored them, 12-10.
Watertown outscored the Lady Dawgs in the third quarter, 10-9. Red Boiling Springs led the fourth, 10-8. The Lady Dawgs won, 52 to 30, advancing them to the second round of the regional tournament.
Laken Leonard led the Lady Dawgs in scoring with 14 points. Kelly Rich followed closely behind with 13. Caylie Dickens was also in double digits with 11. Whitney Jordan added 9, Rachel Painter had 3, and Ashton Gentry had 2.
The second round of the tournament had Red Boiling Springs up against Clay County. The Lady Dawgs doubled the score of the Lady Bulldogs in the first quarter, 12-6. They outscored them in the second quarter as well, 13-10. The Lady Dawgs went into halftime with a 25-16 lead.
The third quarter also belonged to the Lady Dawgs, but the Lady Bulldogs were not giving up just yet. They went on a 19-11 run in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough to upset the Lady Dawgs. Red Boiling Springs came away with a 46-41 win, advancing them to the Region 4-A Championship.
Laken Leonard was once again the leading scorer for the Lady Dawgs with 20 points. Also scoring for Red Boiling Springs was Ashton Gentry with 9, Kelly Rich with 7, Whitney Jordan with 6, and Caylie Dickens and Rachel Painter with 2, for a total of 46 points.
The Lady Dawgs once again met up with rival Jackson County in the championship game. This would be the fourth match-up between the two teams this season alone. Jackson County had beat Red Boiling Springs the past three meetings, and this one would be no different.
The Lady Dawgs led the first quarter, but it was a close one. The score was 12-11 going into the second quarter. The defense picked it up in the second quarter, with only 7 points being scored. At halftime, Red Boiling Springs led Jackson County, 17-13.
The third quarter was scoreless for both teams. Neither of the teams could convert on any baskets. Defense was the key. The two teams combined for only 7 shots. In the fourth quarter, Jackson County took it away. Holding Red Boiling Springs to only 2 points, which came from Senior Whitney Jordan’s free throws, the Lady Blue Devils scored 12 points to once again seal the deal. This gave Jackson County a 25-19 win and the Region 4-A Championship.
Not a single Lady Dawg player scored over 5 points. Laken Leonard had 5, Whitney Jordan had 4, Caylie Dickens and Kelly Rich each had 3, while Ashton Gentry and Rachel Painter had 2 apiece.
After the loss to Jackson County, Red Boiling Springs had to travel to Chattanooga to face the Lady Crusaders of Temple High School. This would be the sub-state game that determined the Lady Dawgs fate, to see if they were state bound or home bound. The Lady Crusaders were nothing but a speed bump for the Lady Dawgs.
The Lady Dawgs started the first quarter off leading 18-10. They never looked back, and outscored the Lady Crusaders 19-9 in the second. The halftime score had Red Boiling Springs up, 37-19.
The second half was still going towards the Lady Dawgs. They outscored Temple 15-11 in the third, but the Lady Crusaders outscored the Lady Dawgs 19-16 in the fourth. The final score, 68-49.
Ashton Gentry and Kelly Rich had 14 points apiece to lead the Lady Dawgs in scoring. Whitney Jordan and Laken Leonard each had 13, while Rachel Painter added 9. Lindsay Hume and Caylie Dickens had 3 and 2, respectively.
The Lady Dawgs now advance to the State Tournament at the Murphy Center at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro. They will take on Forrest on Wednesday, March 8th at 2:00 PM.