LYNCHBURG — Moore County simply couldn’t buy a basket. The Raiders opened Tuesday’s game against Middle Tennessee Christian School as cold as the wintry wind outside and eventually lost to the Cougars 46-26.
Held scoreless in the first quarter, the MCHS boys didn’t make a basket until the 4:09 mark of the second period — nearly 12 minutes into the District 9-A contest.
Twice during that stretch Moore County head coach Lavon King had to call a timeout, most likely to give the MCHS band a break, which stood clapping from the opening tip … waiting for a Moore County bucket.
They clapped all the way through the first period, finally getting a rest when the horn blew and the Raiders trailing 8-0. And they clapped through nearly four minutes of the second period, until Blydge Farrar finally connected for the Raiders’ first basket.
But as long as the band clapped, the game seemed even longer.
With a chance to secure second place in the District 9-A standings and a likely first-round tournament game against Community (2-21, 0-11), the Raiders’ offense instead went into the deep freeze. Moore County shot a paltry 22.7 percent (10-of-44) from the floor, managed just four points in the second period and only five in the third period.
They were held to their lowest offensive output (26 points) since a 72-31 loss to Nashville Central Christian back in November and 25 points below the Raiders 51 ppg average.
Moore County (13-12, 7-4) did score 17 points in the fourth quarter, but the game had long since been decided.
Senior Ryan Northcutt finished with eight points to lead the Raiders. Doran Noble had six, while Farrar had five, Will Slatten four and Andy Huffer three.
The Raiders play at Cornersville on Thursday night. Tip-off will be approximately 7:15 p.m.
If Moore County can defeat Eagleville on Feb. 3, the Raiders would likely face Forrest in the first round of the district tournament, which will be held in Eagleville and begins Feb. 10.
Fayetteville 10-1 20-2
Middle Tennessee Christian 7-3 11-12
Moore County 7-4 13-12
Eagleville 5-5 13-10
Huntland 5-5 13-9
Forrest 3-8 8-16
Community 0-11 2-21
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