It was a tale of too little too late.
After creating a 19-point deficit in the first half, the MCHS Raiders fought until the wire Tuesday night in Lynchburg – getting within six points with less than 30 seconds remaining. Trailing 56-46 with less than a minute to play, senior Zach Williams swished a jumper for two points to make it 56-48. After a timeout, Williams stole the ball and converted for another two points to pull the margin to 56-50.
On the ensuing possession, the Raiders fouled a Hornet – sending him to the charity stripe. He swished both. As the clock expired, the Raiders fell 58-50 in Lynchburg.
The Raiders got out to a slow start against Huntland. The Hornets went on a seven unanswered point run in the first two minutes of the game to pull ahead 7-0. At the 6:05 mark, junior Dalton Barrier nailed a three-point shot to get the Raiders on the board. Trailing 16-10, Williams drained a long three at the end of the first period buzzer but the ref called no basket.
Huntland held Moore County to just four points in the second period. And the Raiders headed into the locker room trailing 33-14.
The Raiders turned the tables on the Hornets in the third period – holding Huntland to just four points while mounting 13. At the end of the third eight minutes, the Raiders pulled within 10 points to give them a shot at the win.
Zach Williams (15) and Dillion Davis (12) combined for 27 points against the Hornets. Other contributing Raiders were Dalton Barrier (8), Cole Boyce (6), Cole Garner (5) and J.P. Robinson (2).
The loss keep the Raiders in next to last place in District 9A. They tip off this weekend against District 9A leaders Community (17-4, 10-1) and AAA Lincoln County (12-9, 5-1) following the girls’ games.