The Lady Dawgs have had a phenomenal run this season. With only 4 losses under their belt, they were seeded 3rd in their district. They would play Monterey, Clarkrange, and Jackson County in the tournament. 2 of those 3 teams gave Red Boiling Springs 3 of their 4 losses.
The first round of the tournament pitted the Lady Dawgs against Monterey. They would very easily roll over the Lady Wildcats. The Lady Dawgs came out shooting, and was up 19-10 at the end of the first. Red Boiling Springs really made a showing in the second quarter. Their offense and defense picked it up and they scored 25 points, while holding the Lady Wildcats to 6 points.
The second half went by fast, as each team scored 10 in the third, and the Lady Dawgs outscored the Lady Wildcats by 5 points. They won by 33 points, but more importantly the Lady Dawgs advanced onto the next round.
Laken Leonard once again led Red Boiling Springs with 18 points. Kelly Rich was very close behind with 15 points, including three 3-pointers. Also scoring for the Lady Dawgs, Rachel Painter with 9, Caylie Dickens with 8, Ashton Gentry with 6, Whitney Jordan with 4, Tess Copas, Ciara Green, Katelyn Jenkins, and Jaclyn Jordan all had 2 each.
The second round of the tournament found the Lady Dawgs taking on the Lady Buffaloes from Clarkrange. The Lady Dawgs last regular season game was played at Clarkrange, where the Lady Buffalo came out winners, giving them the 2nd place seed in the district over the Lady Dawgs. Red Boiling Springs was out for revenge, and that’s just what they found.
The first quarter was very close, as the Lady Dawgs had only 1 more point than the Lady Buffalo. The second quarter was the same way, and RBS went into the locker room with a 2 point lead.
The second half, however, belonged completely to the Lady Dawgs. Outscoring Clarkrange by 3 in the third and 8 in the fourth, they advanced to the championship game, winning 56-43.
Laken Leonard led with 18 points again, followed by Ashton Gentry with 11. Kelly Rich added 9, Whitney Jordan 7, Rachel Painter 6, Tess Copas 3, and Caylie Dickens with 2.
The Lady Dawgs were not only going into the Championship game, but they were headed into it with momentum from 2 big wins. 2 of Red Boiling Springs losses came from Jackson County. They were the number 1 seeded team from the regular season, and would come away with a 3 overtime win over the Lady Dawgs.
The first quarter showed how close this game was going to be. The Lady Devils and the Lady Dawgs defense were very much alive. Jackson County did outscore Red Boiling, but only by 1 point. They outscored them again in the second, this time by 2.
The Lady Dawgs gained all 3 of these points back in the third, sending them into the fourth quarter with things all evened up. It looked as though the Lady Devils were going to come away with the championship, until Rachel Painter hit a 3 with 3.8 seconds remaining in the 4th. At the end of regulation, the score was 37-37.
In the first overtime, each team only scored 2 points apiece. They were all free throws. Jackson County spent most of the period running time off of the clock by holding the ball. This sent the game into a second overtime. Each team scored 5 points, and Jackson County held the ball for a last second shot with the hopes of a victory, but the shot did not fall, sending the game into a third overtime.
In the third overtime, District 7-A's regular season MVP senior Kristi Apple scored the only points for either team. She hit 3 of 4 free throws and hit a layup, while holding the Lady Dawgs scoreless. The Lady Devils came away District 7-A Champions with a 49-44 victory over the Lady Dawgs.
Laken Leonard again led the Lady Dawgs with 20 points. She was the only Lady Dawg in double digits. Rachel Painter had 9, followed by Whitney Jordan with 5, Caylie Dickens with 4, Tess Copas with 3, Ashton Gentry with 2, and Kelly Rich with 1.
The Lady Dawgs will now play Watertown at Watertown in the Region 4-A Tournament on Tuesday at 4:30.