LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — The Moore County Middle School basketball teams lost their games to Forrest on Monday night as the Rockets and Lady Rockets completed the season sweep over MCMS.
The Raiderettes lost 41-23, while the Raiders dropped a heartbreaker, falling 37-35.
After trailing 17-9 at the half, the Moore County boys rallied from an eight-point third quarter deficit to take a 23-22 lead by the end of the third quarter.
Getting three-pointers from Riley Holman and Brayden Cashion, and buckets from Holman, Jason Fanning, Evan McKenzie and Dylan Scruggs, the Raiders put together one of their best quarters of the season to challenge the Rockets down the stretch.
Visiting Forrest retook the lead with a banked in three-pointer and the two teams battled down the stretch with Moore County failing to capitalize on a number of opportunities in the fourth period. Thanks to three missed free throws by the Rockets in the final six minutes, Moore County had a chance late in the game.
Trailing by two with less than four seconds left to play, Moore County eighth-grader Cayden Smith fired an off-balance half-court shot that was off the mark and the Rockets escaped.
Scruggs led the Raiders in scoring with eight points, while Cashion added seven. Holman and McKenzie chipped in five each and Fanning had four. Netting two points apiece were Andrew Copeland, Ben Fletcher and Blake Woosley.
The Raiderettes weren’t able to keep pace with the Lady Rockets and struggled to beat the Forrest press. The visitors blanked the MCMS girls in the opening period and took a 27-2 lead to the lockerroom at the half.
The Raiderettes did score 11 points in the third quarter and added 10 in the final frame. Haley Roberts led the MCMS scoring, getting a team-high eight points, all in the fourth period.
Molly Raby finished with seven and four players — Allison Vaughn, Adriana Castillo, Robin Smedley and Carolyna Driver — tallied two points each.
The Raiders and Raiderettes are scheduled to host Middle Tennessee Christian School at 6 p.m. on Thursday. They will travel to Cascade on Dec. 7 and host Fayetteville City on Dec. 10. A make-up date for the postponed Nov. 5 Fayetteville game has not been announced.