LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Moore County girls basketball team thumped Rock Creek Christian Academy 61-13 in the second round of the Whitefield Academy Christmas Tournament on Friday afternoon.
Playing in the southeast suburbs of Louisville, the Raiderettes faced Rock Creek, of Sellersburg, Ind., trying to avoid back-to-back losses. Moore County opened tournament play on Thursday afternoon with a 43-36 loss to Garrard County (Ky.) High School.
Thursday’s loss put the Raiderettes on the wrong side of the tournament bracket, leaving Moore County only able to play for a fifth-place finish in the eight-team tournament.
Making the most of their opportunity Friday, MCHS (9-6) jumped on the Lady Lions early, forcing a multitude of turnovers and scoring with ease. Rock Creek struggled mightily against the Raiderettes’ press and Moore County quickly built 26-0 lead. The Lady Lions were held scoreless for the first 11 minutes of the contest and Moore County went on to lead 47-5 at halftime.
By the start of the fourth period, Moore County head coach Bruce Slatton had emptied his bench.
The Raiderettes were led by an 18-point effort from Sloan Mann and got eight points from Kinsley Logan. Katie Thomas added five points, while five different Raiderettes scored four points each.
In Thursday’s opener, Mann tallied 17 points and Logan added six. Moore County had opportunities to put away Garrard County and advance into the tournament semifinals, but the Raiderettes fell behind 32-24 in the third quarter and never managed to make up the difference. MCHS trailed 17-16 at the half on Thursday.
The Raiderettes will play for fifth place on Saturday afternoon against the winner of Friday’s Whitesville Trinity vs. Louisville Doss game.
Moore County will play at Grundy County on Friday, Jan. 3 at 6 p.m. The next home game is a District 9-A contest against league leader Community on Friday, Jan. 10. A day later, Moore County will host Tullahoma. There is a ‘Pink Out’ scheduled for the game on Saturday, Jan. 11 against the Lady Wildcats.
–By ROBERT HOLMAN, Editor & Publisher