MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Unable to convert easy buckets right at the rim time and time again, the Moore County High School boys basketball team watch host Middle Tennessee Christian School steadily pull away Friday night until there was no catching the Cougars.
In Murfreesboro, the Raiders simply misfired on too many shots from point blank range early in the contest and they eventually lost 65-39.
The Raiders could have easily been ahead in the first period, but they missed enough bunnies early on that instead they were trailing by five points, 14-9, at the end of the opening stanza. The rash of misses continued in the second period.
That, combined with a dozen turnovers in the first half, put MCHS in a 31-19 hole at intermission. Things hardly improved for the Raiders in the third quarter. Scoring just six points, while unable to slow down Middle Tennessee Christian School’s Barr Ellenburg, allowed the Cougars to build a 45-25 lead.
Ellenburg scored eight of his game-high 18 points in the third quarter as the Cougars pulled away.
Ten Moore County players scored, but none reached double digits.
Will Slatten led MCHS with nine points, while Andy Huffer added eight. Montana Driver chipped in five; Stone Frost and Julius Dixon netted four apiece. Jay Layman scored three, Nate Love and Payce Warren had two each and Clay Burnett and Spencer Reese scored one point each.
The Raiders (3-6, 0-1) are scheduled to host Fayetteville City in the first home game of the season on Tuesday, Dec. 8. MCHS hosts Eagleville on Friday and will play at home in a non-conference game against Franklin County on Dec. 15.
Cascade 71, MCHS 54
Collecting their sixth straight victory, the host Cascade Champions rolled to an easy win over the Raiders on Tuesday, Dec. 1 in Wartrace.
Moore County struggled again with turnovers, allowing Cascade to get easy runouts and build a 21-13 lead at the end of the first period.
The Raiders were still in the contest midway through the game as they trailed only 38-30 at the half. With 1:35 left in the third period, Moore County pulled to within six points, but could not get any closer.
Montana Driver led the Raiders’ scoring effort with 10 points. Jay Layman and Julius Dixon added nine each, while Will Slatten and Clay Burnett netted eight apiece. Spencer Reese had six, while Andy Huffer and Stone Frost netted two each.
—By Robert Holman, Publisher (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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