The much-needed wins couldn’t have come at a better time for the Raiders and Raiderettes, as they each opened District 9-A play.
At Moore County High School, the Raiders enjoyed a double-digit lead for much of the night before holding off the Vikings in the fourth quarter for a 60-55 victory.
The Raiderettes, meanwhile, had to work for a 46-44 win over the Viqueens. Moore County’s girls held a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter as well, but watched as the visitors climbed back into the game.
In the girls game, Community used a full-court press to push the tempo and force the Raiderettes into a handful of turnovers. The result was an 11-point MCHS lead that evaporated down the stretch and allowed Community to close to within a bucket with two minutes remaining.
The Raiderettes made just enough free throws to keep the Viqueens at bay. Erin Thomas was 4-of-6 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter and Erica Limbaugh and Savannah Williams were each 1-of-2 as the hosts made 6-of-10 charity shots in the final eight minutes.
Community had a couple of chances to tie the game late, but misfired.
Moore County held an 11-7 lead at the end of the first quarter and led 19-16 at intermission. The Raiderettes were ahead by seven, 36-29, going into the fourth period.
MCHS senior Sarah Raby scored a game-high 19 points before fouling out in the fourth quarter. She scored all of her points in the first three periods. Thomas added 10 points and Williams had nine. Limbaugh scored six and Abby Grogan chipped in two.
Sarah Pierce led Community with 17 points; teammate Katie Leverette added 14.
In the nightcap, Moore County’s Dillon Davis scored a team-high 14 points to lead four Raiders in double figures. Davis knocked down a pair of free throws with no time left in the first half to give the hosts a 31-20 lead – the largest of the game – at intermission.
Community cut the lead to two points midway through the second quarter. But each time the Vikings made a run, they were done in by turnovers. Their inability to take care of the ball led to Moore County baskets, and soon the Raiders were able to push the lead back to a comfortable margin.
The second half mirrored the first. Community cut Moore County’s lead to four points by the end of the third quarter, but the Raiders were able to stretch the lead again when Community was careless with the basketball.
A 3-pointer by Cole Boyce with 6:47 remaining gave the Raiders a 10-point lead, 45-35.
Community’s Luke Primm, who led all scorers with 19 points, sank a long 3-pointer with 1:13 left to play to make it a four-point contest, 52-48.
The Raiders then made a steady march to free-throw line in the waning minutes. After another trey by Primm, Boyce hit two free throws with 9.2 second remaining to put the game away.
Boyce followed Davis with a dozen points. Dalton Barrier and J.P. Robinson scored 10 apiece and Ben Harvey added six. Chris Nix and Jordan Barrier had three points each and Doran Noble completed the Raiders’ scoring with two.
Moore County is slated to play at Forrest on Friday. The girls game will start at 6 p.m., with the boys contest to follow immediately after.
By ROBERT HOLMAN, Editor; Robert Holman may be reached at <firstname.lastname@example.org>