LYNCHBURG — If defense wins games and offense makes highlight reels, the Moore County Raiderettes had all their bases covered Friday night.
The Moore County girls held Forrest to just six field goals all night, while the Raiderettes put on a shooting clinic from beyond the 3-point line. Moore County drained five consecutive 3-pointers to close out the first half, built a big lead and cruised to an easy 60-20 victory over the Lady Rockets.
The win helped the Raiderettes bounce back from a tough loss at Cascade last week.
Kelsey Camp had 15 points to lead the Raiderettes, by far the best offensive performance the senior guard has had this season. Makayla Ray and Erin Thomas added 11 points each.
Sarah Raby netted 10 on a night when she wasn’t necessarily required to dominate play in the post.
Instead it was Moore County’s defense in the first quarter and offensive attack from outside in the second quarter that keyed the victory.
“We just played together,” said senior Erica Limbaugh. “We stepped up and everything was falling for us. We stepped up on defense big time.”
Moore County held the visitors scoreless in the opening period while building a 9-0 lead. Forrest had a couple of chances to score, but the Lady Rockets had two missed free throws early and a pair of missed shots with less than a minute to play in the quarter, leaving a goose egg on their side of the scoreboard.
“That was really big because we have never done that to a team in the three years that Coach Slatton has been here,” Limbaugh added about the first-quarter shutout.
Forrest finally scored at the 6:28 mark of the second period. By then, the Raiderettes led by a dozen. Forrest trimmed the lead to six points, 14-8, but the Raiderettes’ long-range shooting snuffed out a fleeting Lady Rockets’ rally.
Raby sank a long 3-pointer from the left side, sparking a 15-3 Moore County run in the final three minutes of the half. Limbaugh drained a trey from the same spot; Thomas hit a three from the wing; Camp buried a long ball with 24 seconds left; and Limbaugh hit another one with just two seconds remaining.
That gave the Raiderettes a 29-11 halftime lead and all the momentum they needed to roll to their seventh District 9-A win of the season.
“That helped us step up. We were pumped (at halftime),” said Limbaugh. “We were ready to go back out there and start playing again. But we knew that we couldn’t go out there with a big head. We knew we had to go back out there and play defense.”
Moore County improved to 17-4 and 7-1 in district play, keeping pace with Cascade (12-5, 7-1), which was a 52-40 winner over Community on Friday night.
The Raiderettes were to host Fayetteville City on Tuesday. Fans are encouraged to wear pink as school officials hope for a ‘Pink Out’ at the MCHS gym.
Moore County travels to Middle Tennessee Christian on Friday night.
By ROBERT HOLMAN, Editor (firstname.lastname@example.org)