LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — After a sluggish start, the Community Vikings righted the ship in a big way, using an 18-0 run in the second half to coast to a 52-40 victory over host Moore County in a District 9-A game Friday night.
Community (4-6 overall, 3-0 District 9-A) struggled to get in a rhythm in the first quarter. After swapping baskets, Moore County (0-11, 0-4) took its only lead of the game at 9-8 before the Vikings ended the quarter with an 11-9 lead.
The Vikings clung to a 16-13 lead before getting on a roll in the second quarter. With Nathan Smith scoring four points, Community went on a 6-0 run to take a 22-13 halftime lead.
The Raiders fouled early and often in the third quarter as Community pounded the ball inside to Smith. The Vikings used six points from Smith and a 4-of-4 performance at the free throw line after reaching the bonus midway through the quarter to outscore the MCHS 15-9. Community scored the final five points of the quarter as the Vikings built a 37-22 lead heading into the final period.
Community then scored the first 13 points of the quarter to complete its run and take a commanding 50-22 lead. The Raiders were able to outscore the Vikings 18-2 the rest of the way to reduce the Community margin of victory to 12 points.
Clay Burnett knocked down three 3-pointers and had 17 points for MCHS, while Julius Dixon had 13. Isaac Holt finished with eight and Garrett Jennings added two.
Smith led the Vikings with 20 points.
Moore County will take the Christmas holiday off and then travel to Macon County, where the Raiders will compete in the Nera White Christmas Tournament Dec. 27-30. The Raiders will face Clay County (8-1). The Tigers, who were in Cherokee, N.C., at the Holiday on the Hardwood tournament this week, entered the week averaging 86.7 points per game.
The Clay County/Moore County winner will play at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 28, while the loser will play at 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 28.
—Information from Shelbyville Times-Gazette