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Middle school Raiders down Cascade for first win

Posted on Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 3:45 pm

Moore County Middle School’s Ethan Holt tries to squeeze between two Forrest defenders during Monday’s game in Lynchburg. The Raiders led early, but eventually dropped a 46-30 decision. MCMS will host Cascade on Oct. 28. (MCN Photo by Robert Holman)

Moore County Middle School’s Ethan Holt tries to squeeze between two Forrest defenders during Monday’s game in Lynchburg. The Raiders led early, but eventually dropped a 46-30 decision. MCMS will host Cascade on Oct. 28. (MCN Photo by Robert Holman)

The Moore County Middle School boys basketball team snapped a four-game season-opening losing streak with a 42-32 victory at Cascade on Tuesday night. The Raiders (1-4) rallied from a 22-13 deficit in the first quarter after watching the Champions knock down five 3-pointers in the opening period.

After that, the Moore County defense stepped up, shutting Cascade out in the second period, while holding the hosts to just four points in the third quarter and only 10 in the fourth quarter.

The Raiders got a 13-point effort from leading scorer Clay Burnett, who entered the game averaging 10.5 points per contest. Burnett tallied 10 in the first half. Matthew Schuller added seven points, while Ethan Holt and Pacey Warren had six apiece.

Clay Davis netted five; James Gordon added four; and Dustin Brann two.

The Raiders were coming off of a 46-30 loss to Forrest on Monday night. In Lynchburg, MCMS led 21-14 midway through the second period before the visiting Rockets closed out the half on an 11-0 run.

Moore County struggled to slow down the Rockets in the second half as Forrest placed two players in double figures. Burnett led Moore County with eight points. Gordon and Schuller added five apiece.

Last Saturday, the Raiders had a near miss at Eagleville, falling 23-19. Burnett scored a dozen for Moore County and Holt added six.

At Westwood on Oct. 17, the Raiders lost 36-28, with Burnett again pacing Moore County with 15 points. Davis chipped in six.

Moore County  is off until Monday, when the Raiders travel to Liberty. The boys contest will begin at approximately 7:15 p.m.

On Oct. 31, the Raiders will be back at home to face Community. Anyone dressing in costume for the Halloween contest will be admitted for $2. There will be a costume contest at halftime of the girls game, with the winner claiming two free tickets to Moore County High School’s season-opener next month.

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