UNIONVILLE, Tenn. — It was another close game in what’s proving to be another tight District 9-A race.
The Community Viqueens used balanced scoring from the outside and inside to stay unbeaten in defeating the Moore County Raiderettes 61-54 in a tough 9-A contest Friday night.
In Unionville, the Viqueens (9-0 overall, 3-0 District 9-A) never trailed, despite 11 three-pointers by the visiting Raiderettes, including four each by sophomores Kursten Hawkins and Katie Thomas and three by Kinsley Logan.
The win helped Community hang on to the top spot in the district with its unblemished record, while Eagleville and Middle Tennessee Christian School with just one district loss apiece — both coming against Moore County — are tied for second.
There are two teams — MCHS and Huntland — with two losses each, while Forrest has three losses, as does Fayetteville.
Community entered the contest perfect at 7-0, while winning by an average of 23.8 points this season. The Viqueens’ closest game was a four-point victory over Lincoln County nearly three weeks ago. It also marked the seventh straight victory over Moore County.
The last time the Raiderettes beat Community was almost three years ago back on Feb. 11, 2013 in the District 9-A semifinals at Motlow College.
Sarah Pierce led the way for Community with two three-pointers in the first quarter as the Viqueens got off to a quick 5-0 start. Community led 15-11 after one period, but the Raiderettes stayed close by knocking down three treys, including two by Hawkins.
In the second quarter, the hosts went inside to Lacey Reed, who scored eight in the period, helping Community build a 30-23 halftime lead. The Viqueens pushed their lead to as many as 13 points in the third period and 14 points in the fourth period.
But the Raiderettes, with the help of five treys, narrowed the Community lead to 51-45 with 1:33 left. Community made 8-of-9 free throws down the stretch to keep Moore County at bay.
Hawkins led Moore County with 26 points. Thomas had 15, while Logan added 10. Haley Henshaw finished with two points and Taylor LaCook netted one.
After a week off, Moore County will play in the South Pittsburg Holiday Tournament beginning Monday. The Raiderettes play host South Pittsburg at 6 p.m. on Dec. 28. They’ll face Grundy County at noon on Tuesday, Dec. 29 and then finish up against North Sand Mountain at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 30.
Moore County will jump back into District 9-A play on Jan. 5 when they travel to Huntland.
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