After losing four straight games and eight on the season, the Moore County boys basketball team is simply looking for a way to win. That search will continue this week as the Raiders travel to Gatlinburg to participate in the Gatlinburg-Pittman Smoky Mountain Classic Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Moore County’s latest loss was a 61-43 defeat at the hands of Richmond. The Raiders let a close game get away in the second quarter. Struggling to keep the visiting Raiders off the boards, Moore County gave up too many second-chance points and were outscored 23-11 in the period.
After giving up 23 points in the second quarter, a one-point MCHS lead turned into a 35-24 halftime deficit. The Raiders never fully recovered. They were outscored 17-10 in the fourth quarter and never threatened the visitors down the stretch.
Dalton Barrier scored 13 points to lead eight Moore County scorers. Ben Harvey and James Dougherty scored six apiece and Dylon Smith netted five. Dillon Davis and Doran Noble finished with four each, Chris Nix added three and Cole Boyce chipped in two.
Three Richland players scored in double figures, led by Cody Jordan’s 15 points. Bret Boatwright added 14 and Zac Davis had 10.
Heading to Gatlinburg for this week’s games, Moore County is looking for improvement.
“The biggest thing we need right now is to get some team chemistry before we head into the second half of the district schedule,” said Moore County head coach Lavon King. “I think we’re playing hard, but we’re not making the extra pass on offense… not helping out on defense. We’re not doing the things we need to do to win close ballgames.”
Moore County has lost a pair of close games recently, falling by four points, 52-48, at Forrest and by one point, 52-51, to Middle Tennessee Christian. Both were winnable games. More importantly, both were district losses.
The Raiders will open play Thursday in the Gatlinburg-Pittman Smoky Mountain Classic at 7:30 p.m. CST against the host team, Gatlinburg-Pittman.
“We know that they are pretty good, athletic-wise,” said King. “We’re not sure about the rest.”
The rest of Moore County’s schedule will be set as games are played in the tournament.
By ROBERT HOLMAN, Editor