As Raiderette announcer Justin Grogan called the starting line-up, Raider fans stood and clapped. They remained standing until Moore County’s girls scored their basket at the 7:38 mark. It was just the kind of organized team spirit, the She Hulks needed to spark a convincing 59-24 win over the Lady Hornets (12-9, 5-4) Tuesday night at Raider Arena.
Going into the contest, the Raiderettes led District 9A with a spotless 8-0 record while Huntland trailed in fifth place.
Appearing more focused than in previous games, the Raiderettes jumped out to an early 4-0 lead. At around the five minute mark Huntland got on the board with an off-the-backboard three-point shot to make it 4-3. That’s as close as the Lady Hornets would ever get.
Moore County led 31-10 at the half and came out energized after the break for a strong finish. They allowed the Lady Hornets just 14 in the second half while more than doubling their first half score. They pieced together four consecutive three-point shots (by Sarah Raby, Rachel Garland and two from Erin Thomas) in the final three minutes of the third period to go into the final stanza ahead 51-14. The final score was 59-24.
Garland led with 20 points. Other contributing Raiderettes were Raby (12), Thomas (11), Erica Limbaugh (6), Whitney Lemmons and Gwen Jacobs (4 each) and Kelsey Camp (2).
Moore County plays two home games this weekend. They host district 9A’s Community (7-4, 2-9) on Friday night and AAA Lincoln County (12-8, 2-4) on Saturday night. Both games tip off at 6 p.m.