SOUTH PITTSBURG — Moore County used a 12-0 run in the third quarter to pull away from Grundy County. In the opening round of the South Pittsburg Christmas Tournament on Wednesday afternoon, the Raiderettes forced nine turnovers in the third quarter, built a comfortable lead and cruised to a 44-30 victory.
The Raiderettes were scheduled to play Marion County at noon on Thursday and North Sand Mountain (Ala.) at 7:30 p.m. on Friday to wrap up Pool Play in the tournament. The championship game is slated for Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The third-place game will be at 4:30 p.m.
On Wednesday, three Moore County turnovers and a couple of missed chip shots allowed Grundy County to stay close in the first quarter. By halftime, the Raiderettes led 23-15.
Kelsey Camp and Erin Thomas knocked down 3-pointers early, helping a Raiderettes’ offense that seemed a little sluggish just four days after winning the Smoky Mountain Classic in Gatlinburg. With the Yellow Jackets applying token full-court pressure throughout the contest, it was Moore County that finally picked up its defensive intensity, adding full court pressure of its own.
The Raiderettes also continued to feed the ball into the post, where Grundy County had trouble guarding Sarah Raby. Raby finished with a game-high 16 points, despite playing limited minutes in the fourth quarter after MCHS built a big lead.
Grundy County was within five points, 25-20, when Kristen Hill scored on a putback following an offensive rebound. Moore County then reeled off 12 unanswered points to take a 37-20 lead by the end of the third quarter.
A basket by Whitney Lemmon with 7:20 left to play gave Moore County a 19-point lead, the largest of the game.
The Yellow Jackets finally scored with 6:48 remaining, ending a Grundy County scoreless stretch that lasted seven minutes, 43 seconds.
Camp finished with 10 points for Moore County, while Thomas added eight. Lemmon scored five, Savannah Williams three and Abby Grogan two to complete the scoring for the Raiderettes.
Hill led Grundy County with 12; Tori Sartain added 12.
By ROBERT HOLMAN, MCN Editor