The Moore County Middle School basketball teams split their opening games in the Duck River Valley Conference Tournament on Monday, with the Raiderettes picking up a 36-17 win over Cascade and the Raiders dropping a 42-25 decision to Liberty.
For the Moore County boys, the loss brings their season to a close. The Raiders faced an uphill battle against the Patriots, the tournament’s No. 1 seed.
MCMS fell behind 12-4 in the opening period and never managed to catch up. By halftime, top-seeded Liberty held a 22-8 advantage.
Clay Burnett led Moore County in scoring with six points. Ethan Holt, James Gordon and Matthew Schuller added four points each. Scoring two points apiece were Pacey Warren, Jacob Smith and Julius Dixon. Nate Love had one point.
Following their opening-round win, the Raiderettes — the defending tournament champion and this year’s No. 2 seed — are slated to play again at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
The MCMS girls pulled away early in Monday’s win over the Lady Champions. Moore County was ahead 12-4 at the end of the first period and held a 21-10 lead at the half. By the end of the third quarter, the Raiderettes had doubled up Cascade and led 30-15.
Grace Cauble had a game-high 12 points to pace Moore County. Anna Lee Smith added eight points and Faith Cauble had six. Ella Fanning chipped in five points; Taylor Holcomb and Abi Harvey netted two each; and Kynleigh Fanning finished with one.
With semifinals set to wrap up Thursday night, the tournament finals and consolation game are scheduled for Saturday. The girls consolation game is set for a 1 p.m. start, while the girls championship will tip off at approximately 2:15 p.m.
Awards will follow the girls championship game.