Raiderettes finish fourth in conference
The Moore County Middle School girls basketball team lost its Duck River Valley Conference semifinal game against host Cascade on Dec. 15 and eventually placed fourth in the DRVC tournament, which wrapped up on Saturday, Dec. 17.
The Raiderettes fell 34-22 to the Lady Champions, the No. 2 seed. Lani Jones and Elli Chumley combined for 22 points — 12 and 10, respectively — to lead Cascade to the win and into the championship game.
The second and third periods proved to be the difference as Moore County was outscored 20-9 during that 12-minute stretch of action. After trailing by one point, 7-6, at the end of the first quarter, the Raiderettes fell further behind in the second period and went to the lockerroom down 16-10 at intermission.
The third period was hardly better as Cascade extended its lead to 12 points, 27-15.
Olivia Richards led Moore County with 10 points, while Madison Floyd added eight. Kendall Dangerfield and Maecy Fletcher chipped in two apiece.
Richards and Dangerfield were named to the Duck River Valley Conference (DRVC) all-conference team, while Richards and Floyd were named to the all-tournament team. All three are seventh-graders.
After falling to Cascade, the Raiderettes played in Saturday’s consolation game and faced No. 1 seed Forrest, which lost to No. 4 seed Community in the other semifinal. The Lady Rockets’ semifinal loss was their first of the season.
Avoiding back-to-back losses, Forrest topped Moore County 52-34 in Saturday’s third-place game. Forrest had three players score in double figures, led by an 18-point effort from Carissa Curtis.
Eight Moore County players scored in the finale. The Raiderettes were paced by Floyd and Richards, who netted 10 points each. Erica Clifton added five and Dangerfield scored four. Kerrigan Fanning hit a 3-pointer in the first period and finished with three points in the game; Charlotte Ray and Jordan Lund added two points each.
It marked the final middle school game for eighth-graders Fanning and Lund.
Forrest built a 14-5 lead in the first period behind eight points from Curtis and held a 25-17 lead at the half. Heading into the final frame, the Rockets led 39-26.
In Saturday’s championship game, second-seeded and host Cascade beat upstart Community, the No. 4 seed, to win the tournament.
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