EAGLEVILLE — Moore County’s boys basketball took care of necessary business Friday night in the District 9-A semifinals, beating Community 60-47 to advance to the district championship game while guaranteeing the Raiders a home game in the opening round of the Region 5-A tournament.
When those games would be played was uncertain at press time on Tuesday.
The tournament, being played at Eagleville High School, was pushed back three days due to the wintery weather pushing its way across the state, moving Monday’s two girls contests to Thursday and shifting the boys consolation game and title game to Friday.
Moore County (17-13), the No. 2 seed, was slated to play Huntland (18-9), the No. 4 seed, in the district championship game. Both teams have been red-hot, with MCHS winning 11 of its last 14 and Huntland winning 13 of its last 16, including eight in a row. The Hornets’ last loss was a 62-60 defeat at the hands of Moore County more than a month ago.
On Monday, the TSSAA said tournament administrators across Tennessee have until the end of the week to wrap up their respective district tournaments. They moved the start of the regionals to Monday, Feb. 23 (girls) and Tuesday, Feb. 24 (boys).
If things stay on track, Moore County will host either Houston County (16-13) or Nashville Christian School (14-14) next week.
The Raiders haven’t advanced to a region tournament since they made it all the way to the TSSAA Class A state tournament during the 2007-08 season. Moore County made sure that it would — at worst — be able to host a first-round region game thanks to the win over Community Friday night at Eagleville.
The Vikings, seeded seventh, entered the contest on an upswing after toppling No. 2 seed Middle Tennessee Christian School. But they couldn’t match Moore County’s intensity early in the contest and fell behind as the Raiders opened on a 16-2 run.
Moore County led 16-5 at the end of the first period and held a 32-18 lead at the half.
MCHS seniors Ryan Northcutt and Blydge Farrar paced the Raiders with 25 and 21 points, respectively. Northcutt was able to get good looks at the basket early and knocked down a couple of big three-pointers to fuel the Raiders’ run.
Northcutt and Farrar combined for all of Moore County’s points in the second period. By the end of the third, Moore County led by 20, 48-28.
With the help of two treys by Austin Cagle, the Vikings cut the Moore County lead to 11 at 50-39 in the fourth quarter. But it was as close as Community would get as the Raiders went back up by 17.
Doran Noble added eight for MCHS, while fellow senior Jordan Barrier had five. Will Slatten scored one point. Darian Pride led Community with 14; Jackson Wisener added 12.
-By ROBERT HOLMAN, Editor & Publisher (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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