The Moore County Middle School girls basketball team improved to 6-1 Tuesday night thanks to a 28-13 victory over Cascade here in Lynchburg. The Raiderettes dominated play from the onset, taking a 23-5 lead to the locker room at the half.
The Lady Champions were only able to narrow the gap while the benches were cleared in the fourth quarter.
Point guard Taylor Holcomb led Moore County with a game-high nine points. Shayla Castillo added seven points, while Ella Fanning chipped in six. Faith Cauble, Grace Cauble and Kelli Ray added two points each.
The contest was a bounce-back game for the Raiderettes, who lost their first game of the season on Monday night at Liberty. The Lady Patriots rallied from a 13-10 halftime deficit to claim a 27-20 win over the Raiderettes.
Most of the damage was done at the free throw line, where Liberty was 15-of-26 on the night. That included a 9-of-12 effort in the second half as the hosts pulled away.
Meanwhile, Moore County managed just two field goals in the second half while scoring only seven points. The Raiderettes missed seven free throws in the game.
Grace Cauble netted eight points; Faith Cauble had seven. Fanning and Anna Lei Smith scored two apiece, while Castillo added one.
Cascade’s Jayden Thompson calmly stepped to the free throw line and sank the front end of a one-and-one with 8.1 seconds remaining in Tuesday’s middle school basketball game between the Champions and host Moore County to give the visitors a four-point lead, 33-29.
Following a timeout, Thompson walked back to the line and nailed his second attempt, all but putting an end to Moore County’s late fourth quarter rally while locking up a 34-29 win over the Raiders.
Moore County had rallied from a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter to make a game of it late, but Thompson’s clutch free throws thwarted the run.
After a first half in which neither team managed much offense — Cascade held a 15-11 lead at intermission thanks to a late spurt — the Champions slowly pulled away. By the end of the third quarter, the Raiders found themselves in a 28-20 hole.
Getting two baskets from Clay Burnett and one from Ethan Holt, however, Moore County closed the gap. The surge was too little too late though and Cascade escaped with the win, avenging the Oct. 22 loss to Moore County, which fell to 1-6 on the season.
Burnett scored 15 points to lead all scorers. Julius Dixon added six, while Matthew Schuller finished with four. Holt and James Gordon chipped in two apiece.
The Raiders were coming off of a tough loss at Liberty a day earlier.
Liberty’s Chris Houston and Cam Price scored 19 and 16 points, respectively, as the Patriots blasted the Raiders 64-29.
Jackson Farrar paced Moore County with eight points, while Gordon added six. Dixon and Burnett had four each and Holt scored three. Netting two points apiece were Nate Love and Marcus Eady.