LYNCHBURG, Tenn. (Nov. 8) — The Moore County Middle School boys basketball team improved to 8-1 after reeling off its third straight win. The Raiders claimed a 36-26 victory over visiting Liberty Middle School on Monday night behind a 14-point effort from 8th-grader Andrew Copeland.
The win followed Moore County’s 34-19 victory over Eagleville last Thursday night.
The Raiders were off on Tuesday. They’ll be back on the court Thursday as they travel to Fayetteville City. Tip-off will follow the girls contest at approximately 7:15 p.m.
On Monday night, Copeland did most of his work in the first half, when he dropped in a dozen of his game-high 14 points.
The Raiders built a 6-0 lead following a pair of baskets by Copeland and a bucket by Brayden Cashion. By the end of the period, MCMS held a 9-2 lead. Three more baskets by Copeland — including the Raiders’ only 3-pointer of the contest — along with a basket from Tyler Smith and two field goals in the paint from Noah Blankenship helped Moore County extend the lead to 13 points, 22-9, heading into intermission.
After the break the two teams played relatively even, with the Patriots able to chip only a single point off the lead in the third period.
Leading 28-16 heading into the fourth period, Moore County salted the game away at the free throw line. Riley Holman made four free throws, while Cashion and Dylan Scruggs added two each from the charity stripe and the Raiders closed out their third straight win and second in a row over Liberty this season.
Behind Copeland’s 14, Scruggs finished with seven points. Holman added six — all in the fourth period — while Blankenship netted five and Cashion had four. Smith completed the scoring for Moore County with two.
The Raiders were 8-of-14 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter and were 13-of-25 (52 percent) for the game. The Patriots, who shot 13 free throws in the second period alone, were 12-of-26 (46 percent) for the game.
MCMS 34, Eagleville 19
The Raiders used a balanced scoring attack to turn back the visiting Eagleville Eagles last week while claiming their second straight win.
Moore County got a team-high eight points from Dylan Scruggs, along with seven points each from Andrew Copeland and Jason Fanning.
After easing out to a 9-7 lead in the first period, Moore County outscored the Eagles 9-1 in the second period to take a double-digit lead, 18-8, into the lockerroom at the half. Fanning knocked down a 3-pointer and the Raiders added five free throws in the third stanza as the lead increased to 11.
Scruggs and Blankenship had the only baskets in the final frame for Moore County as the Raiders defense limited the visitors to only one field goal.
Blankenship added five points for Moore County, while Brayden Cashion, Riley Holman and Tristan Blanton chipped in two apiece. Will Harder rounded out the scoring with one point.
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