The Moore County Middle School basketball teams split the season-opener Tuesday night against Middle Tennessee Christian as the Raiderettes earned a 36-24 victory and the Raiders dropped a 38-22 decision.
Playing the opener at home, the Raiderettes got 15 points from Grace Cauble and eight from Ella Fanning in the win over the Lady Cougars.
Moore County’s girls opened up on a 13-0 run, while shutting the visitors out in the first quarter. By halftime, the Raiderettes led 21-9. MTCS outscored Moore County 9-5 in the final frame to narrow the gap.
Cauble scored 10 of her 15 points in the first half and collected nine of her points at the free throw line. Fanning scored two points in each quarter.
Taylor Holcomb added six points for the winners, while Faith Cauble had four and Shayla Castillo netted two. Abbi Harvey and Delaney Hart chipped in one apiece.
In the nightcap, the Moore County boys had trouble defending the speedy Cougars. Middle Tennessee Christian jumped out to a 15-6 lead before taking an 18-10 lead to the lockerroom at intermission. Ten Cougars scratched the scoring column, led by Steven Turnham’s six points.
The Raiders were paced by Clay Burnett, who finished with a game-high seven points. Dustin Brann and Pacey Warren scored four apiece, while Ethan Holt, Nate Love and Jacob Smith had two each. Julius Dixon added one.
Moore County was scheduled to play at Westwood on Thursday night and at Eagleville at 6 p.m. Saturday. The teams return home to host Forrest at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 21.