The Moore County High School boys basketball team fell to 0-4 Thursday night after a 59-44 loss to Lincoln County.
In Fayetteville, the Raiders played three quarters of solid basketball, but watched as the host Falcons used an 8-0 run late in the third quarter and into the fourth quarter to take control.
Moore County trailed early, but eased in front of Lincoln County in the first quarter and maintained a slight advantage until Lincoln County rallied late in the game.
The Raiders led by as many as five points, often answering each of the Falcons’ challenges in the game’s first 22 minutes. But Lincoln County mounted a run in the third quarter, first tying the game and then taking a three-point lead on a 3-pointer by Eli Slayton at the third quarter buzzer, giving the Falcons a 38-35 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
“(That 3-pointer) was pretty huge. It definitely shifted the momentum a little bit,” said Moore County head coach Lavon King. “It was one of the turning points of the game because they hadn’t shot the 3 very well up until that point.”
With their first lead since early in the contest, Lincoln County broke the game open, taking the final stanza, 21-9, with treys coming from Xavier Talley-Hyde, Tyler Jones and Fred Boyd. Lincoln County finished with nine 3-pointers in the game. Austin Grimes led Lincoln County with 17 points, nailing three 3-pointers in the process.
“We basically stopped defending,” added King. “We gave them a lot of open looks. We just didn’t locate their shooters … guys that we needed to guard.”
Moore County led 15-12 at the end of the first quarter and held a 27-23 lead at intermission.
Ryan Northcutt paced Moore County with a season-high 17 points.