HUNTLAND, Tenn. — It took a dozen games and more than a month into their season, but finally, the Moore County Middle School boys basketball team claimed a victory.
The Raiders notched their first win of the season and snapped an 11-game losing streak on Monday night as they topped Huntland 37-21. After a handful of near misses, including three losses by single digits and one by a lone point, the Moore County boys were finally able to breathe easy as they handled the host Hornets with ease for most of the night.
At Huntland, Moore County jumped out to a 12-0 lead and kept the Hornets at bay the rest of the way. Huntland managed to trim the lead to six points late in the second quarter due in part to seven MCMS turnovers in the period.
But the visitors eased back out to a 10-point cushion by the half. Huntland kept within striking distance in the third period after knocking down four three-pointers for all 12 of their third quarter points.
Moore County won the fourth quarter, however, outscoring Huntland 10-3 in the final frame to pull away.
Evan McKenzie led the Raiders with nine points, while Cayden Smith added eight and Ben Fletcher scored seven. Jason Fanning chipped in six, Dylan Scruggs netted five and Andrew Copeland came off the bench to chip in one point.
Monday’s win came on the heels of a 34-27 loss at Community last week.
Despite a 13-point effort from Scruggs, the Raiders were done in by 19 turnovers. Moore County led the Vikings throughout the first half and held an 18-14 lead at the break. But as the turnovers mounted the hosts rallied late for the victory.
Fletcher added six points in the loss, while Fanning and Copeland scored three each. Smith finished with two.
Moore County is scheduled to play at Westwood Thursday night. The 1-11 Raiders will play at Fayetteville City in a 1 p.m. afternoon matinee on Tuesday, Nov. 24 and then return home on Nov. 30 to host Forrest after the Thanksgiving holiday break.
Raiderettes fall to Hornets, drop close game at Community
Falling on the road to both Community and Huntland, the Moore County Middle School Raiderettes dropped to 0-12 on the season with just six games left before the postseason tournament.
Moore County’s girls lost at Community last Thursday night and lost at Huntland on Monday night.
The Raiderettes will be back on the road this Thursday as they travel to Manchester to face Westwood. It will be the final game before the Thanksgiving break. MCMS will face Fayetteville City in a make-up contest at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 24.
They’ll return home to host Forrest on Nov. 30 and they’ll host Middle Tennessee Christian School on Dec. 3.
Huntland 43, MCMS 30
HUNTLAND, Tenn. — At Huntland, the Lady Hornets got 21 points from Mikaylie Edwards, all in the first three periods. MCMS trailed 24-13 at the half. After scoring only four points in the third period, the Raiderettes netted 13 in the final frame.
Molly Raby scored eight points to lead eight Moore County players in scoring. Haley Roberts added seven, while Robin Smedley scored five and Allison Vaughan four. Laney Cashion and Harlee Deaton posted two points apiece and Kerrigan Fanning and Adrianna Castillo netted one each to complete the scoring for the Raiderettes.
Community 27, MCMS 23
UNIONVILLE, Tenn. — After falling in a big hole early in the contest, the Raiderettes rallied in the fourth quarter to scare Community on Thursday night, Nov. 12.
In Unionville, the Raiderettes managed just four points in the first period and were held scoreless in the second as they fell behind 17-4 at the half.
But after an evenly matched third quarter, Moore County turned up the pressure late in the contest and outscored the hosts 14-4 over the final six minutes to make a game of it.
Raby’s eight-point effort paced MCMS. Carolyna Driver tallied six points and Fanning scored four. Getting two points each were Cashion and Deaton, while Vaughan scored one.