McMinnville – “I don’t like to pick on the officials, but this has been awful.”
Those were the remarks of one eyewitness to the MCHS Raiderettes’ 52-31 win over the Monterey Lady Wildcats at Boyd Christian High School for the a holiday basketball tournament on Tuesday.
At the three-minute mark in the first period, junior Erin Thomas drew her third foul of the contest. By the end of the third period, Moore County had chalked up 16 fouls compared to Monterey’s three.
Luckily, the Raiderette bench is deep. Freshman Savannah Williams checked in early in the first period and score 10 points – a tie for her season game high. Mikayla Ray also came in off the bench to contribute a bucket.
Rachel Garland led for the Raiderettes with 11 points – including two three point plays. Williams and Kelsey Camp contributed 10 each. Sarah Raby scored eight points. Erica Limbaugh swished seven; Thomas added five and Ray scored one basket.
Moore County began tournament play with a hard-fought 46-48 loss over AAA Oakland Lady Patriots who were 7-1 going into the tournament. Their only loss of the season came against Shelbyville on Dec. 12 by a final of 74-64.
Following the Monterey win, the Raiderettes took on the Middle Tennessee Heat – a group of home school athletes from the Hermitage area. With only seven total players, the Heat looked to face an uphill battle against the She Hulks.
The Raiderettes led 35-14 at the halfway mark with senior Rachel Garland swishing 15 points.
Following the break, Garland continued her streak. At the 5:52 mark, she stole the ball from a Heat player drove down court and scored an easy basket. Seconds later it was deja vu all over again as she repeated the feat – adding two more. By the end of the game, she led with 23 points.
Other contributing Raiderettes were Kelsey Camp (16), Sarah Raby (13), Mikayla Ray and Micayah Smith (6 each), Savannah Williams (4), Erin Thomas (3), Whitney Lemmon (2) and Erica Limbaugh (1).
The Raiderettes will travel to Fort Walden Beach, Fla. On Dec. 27 to play in the Beach Bash holiday tournament.
[EDITOR’S NOTE: Sorry Raider fans but the boys’ holiday tournament games weren’t broadcasted live. Our coverage will pick back up on January 3 as they face Community in Unionville. Go blue!]