That goal remained out of reach for the moment as Rockcastle took the first step toward defending its title with an 82-41 rout of the Lady Jackets on Wednesday.
"We just haven't played this caliber of team this year," said Middlesboro coach Elgie Green. "It's a good experience for our kids to see where we want to be in a couple of years.
"We stressed the last two days that we weren't going to lay down. We knew we were 30- or 40-point underdogs, but we told our kids,