The Moore County boys and girls basketball teams split two games recently.
The Raiders and Raiderettes hosted Shelbyville Central on Monday, losing a couple of tough decisions but swept Community last Friday on the road.
On Tuesday, Dec. 4, Moore County took a pair of tough losses to Lincoln County at home. In the thrilling wins over Community, the Raiders beat the Vikings 74-68 and the Raiderettes prevailed 64-61 in overtime. In the boys win at Community, the Raiders built a huge lead, as many as 28 points, but let the Vikings creep in before they held them off for the big win.
Brayden Cashion led the Raiders with 13 points. Riley Holman made four 3-pointers for his 12 points. Garrett Jennings was in double-figures with 10 points. Cayden Smith and Dylan Scruggs scored nine each, Andrew Copeland added eight and Evan McKenzie scored seven. Jason Fanning scored four and Bryson Dobbs added two points.
In the girls overtime win over Community, the teams battled to a 55-55 tie after regulation. The Raiderettes pulled it out, in part, by solid free-throw shooting by Kelli Ray. Olivia Richards had a big game with 18 points, with eight coming in the fourth quarter. Ray scored 17, eight in overtime. She made 6-of-9 free-throws in the OT, and knocked down 13-of-17 free-throws in the game.
Five Raiderettes added five points each: Regan Corder, Erica Clifton, Hailee Trott, Kynleigh Fanning and Carolyna Driver. Anna Smith and Maecy Fletcher each scored two points. The Raiderettes made 24-of-34 free throws in the game for an outstanding 71 percent.
Monday night, the teams returned home to face Shelbyville. The Raiderettes came from far back to make it close at the end but fell 60- 50. The visitors’ press forced turnovers – some on lazy lobs — that led to easy baskets in the early going and the Eaglettes took advantage of breakdowns in the half-court defense too. An early 6-6 tie led to a long Shelbyville run, the visitors leading 19-6 after a quarter and 33-17 at halftime, Moore County trailed 50-24 after three periods, but closed within the margin to 14 in the fourth quarter when Shelbyville reinserted its starters, the Raiderettes managed to close the lead to seven before losing.
Olivia Richards started slow but warmed up for 16 points, hitting three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, which the Raiderettes won 26-10. Kelli Ray added 13 points. Hailee Trott scored six, Ericka Clifton had six, Anna Smith scored five, Kynleigh Fanning chipped in three and Maeci Fletcher scored one.
In the boys game, the more athletic Eagles used a press to force some turnovers and used their athleticism to out jump the Raiders on the offensive glass to offset some early cold shooting. The Raiders battled hard, but missed Andrew Copeland most of the first half due to early foul trouble, and Evan McKenzie, who did not play. Shelbyville led 14-11 after one and 29-20 at the break. In the second half, the Raiders turned up the heat and started finding some offense. Copeland scored nine points in the third quarter as MCHS cut the lead to 50- 42. Copeland led an offensive surge in the final period, scoring 12 points on drives to the bucket and free-throws. Dylan Scruggs nailed a couple of treys and Riley Holman also hit two 3-pointers. The Raiders cut a 71-65 deficit with 46.2 seconds left to 73-72 with 7 seconds left after a foul, a technical foul and a Holman trey. After a quick foul, Shelbyville made just one free-throw, but Scruggs couldn’t quite knock down a tying hoop from the baseline at the buzzer.
Copeland finished with 25 points, 21 in the second half, to lead Moore County. Scruggs and Holman each had 12, Holman on four 3-pointers. Brayden Cashion scored nine, Bryson Dobbs added six, Garrett Jennings chipped in four and Cayden Smith scored four.