MURFREESBORO — Dropping a 57-40 decision to Middle Tennessee Christian School on Friday night, the Moore County High School girls basketball team fell to 2-3 in District 9-A play and dropped to fifth in the district standings, a half game out of fourth place and three full games behind district leader Community (10-5, 5-0).
The Raiderettes (10-4, 2-3) were outscored 18-5 in the second period. Moore County’s defense had trouble keeping track of Middle Tennessee Christian School’s Abby Buckner and Ashlyn Wilkerson in the first half. Buckner hit three three-pointers and had 11 points by halftime, while her MTCS teammate Wilkerson scored 14 of her team-high 18 points in the first half.
Buckner and Wilkerson — with eight points each in the second period — fueled a Lady Cougars run, which staked the hosts to a 32-16 lead by intermission.
Moore County’s Kursten Hawkins tallied 18 of her game-high 26 points in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to help the Raiderettes rally. MTCS outscored Moore County in both the third and fourth periods en route to the win, which helped the Lady Cougars (10-1, 4-1) stay just a game back of Community.
Katie Thomas, Grace Cauble and Makayla Ray scored three points each for Moore County.
The loss snapped a two-game winning streak for Moore County. MCHS had won four of five entering Friday’s game. The Raiderettes were coming off of a convincing 70-46 victory over Franklin County in Lynchburg on Dec. 16.
Hawkins scored 24, while Kinsley Logan hit four three-pointers en route to a 23-point performance. Ray added seven points and Thomas five.
Moore County now heads to Florida to play in the Marlin Christmas Classic in Panama City Dec. 29-31. The Raiderettes open tournament play at 4:30 p.m. on Monday against host Arnold High School. A loss would send them to the losers bracket for an 11:45 a.m. game against the Mosley vs. University School (Tenn.) loser on Tuesday. A win would mean a game against the Mosley vs. University School (Tenn.) winner at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The tourney concludes Wednesday night at 6 p.m. with the girls championship game.
When they return home, Moore County’s girls have back-to-back road games. The Raiderettes travel to Grundy County on Jan. 6 and will return to district action on Jan. 9 at Community.