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Middle school hoops season starts Monday, Oct. 17

Posted on Monday, October 17, 2016 at 11:30 am

LOGO BKH raiders-raiderettes HARDWOODLYNCHBURG, Tenn. — The Moore County Middle School girls and boys basketball teams are set to kick off their 18-game schedule as the Raiders and Raiderettes will open play on Monday at Liberty.

It’s the first of three games for MCMS during the first week of the season. Moore County will play at home against the Fayetteville Tigers on Tuesday, Oct. 18 and then travel to Forrest on Thursday, Oct. 20.

There are seven contests — including five on the road — stuffed into what will be a busy final two weeks of October.

The two teams play eight games each in November, with Monday night games on Nov. 21 and Nov. 28 used to bookend the Thanksgiving Holiday. Moore County schools are out for a week for Thanksgiving, but MCMS will still host Huntland on that Monday (Nov. 21).

Three games are scheduled in December, with the final home game set for Thursday, Dec. 1 against Community. Road games at Eagleville (Dec. 5) and Middle Tennessee Christian School (Dec. 8). The teams will the jump into the Duck River Valley Conference tournament to close out the year.

Both teams have new coaches this season. The Raiderettes get Hailey Brazier back after a one-year absence, while the Raiders welcome Heath Fanning following the departure of Darren James. Both Frazier and Fanning are Moore County graduates.

Brazier took a year off from coaching while welcoming a daughter to her family. Fanning, meanwhile, spent a couple of seasons at Harris Middle School before joining Moore County High School boys coach Lavon King as an assistant.