by Robert Holman
Picking up their sixth victory in the last eight outings, the Moore County High School girls’ basketball team cruised by Cornersville 52-33 on Friday. The Raiderettes (9-6 overall, 3-2 Dist. 8-A) won for the second time in as many games as they opened the
week with a convincing 61-43 victory over Cascade on Jan. 19.
At Cornersville on Friday, the Raiderettes grabbed an early lead and maintained a comfortable advantage throughout the game. It marked the fifth win on the road this season for the Moore County girls, who will contest four of their five remaining district games in unfriendly gyms this season.
“It’s always great to get a road win,” said Moore County head coach Herb Horton, who added that his team’s defense played big role in the win over the Lady Bulldogs. “Our full court press was very effective for us and set the tone for the game. Everyone
played and contributed to the win for the Raiderettes.”
With junior Olivia Richards scoring eight of her game-high 13 points in the first period, Moore County built a 13-9 advantage. The Raiderettes expanded the lead in the second period behind a stellar defensive eff ort. MCHS limited the hosts to
a lone field goal — a three-pointer by Meri Hannah Walker — while scoring 13 more points to take a 26-14 lead to the locker room at the half.
In the second half, Moore County matched its 26-point first half output while continuing to make things difficult for the Cornersville offense. The Lady Bulldogs managed just four points in the third frame as Moore County added to its lead. By the start of the final stanza the visiting Raiderettes led 38-18. Cornersville could do little
in the paint against Moore County’s taller post players. The Lady Bulldogs finished
the game with only 11 made field goals and six of them came from beyond the arc. With benches cleared in four periods, the two teams played relatively evenly.
Robin Smedley, Moore County’s lone senior, added nine points for the Raiderettes, while Charlotte Ray, Erica Clifton and Paisley Logan scored five points each. Chloe Brazier, Breanna Burkes, Madison Floyd each chipped in four points and Maecy Fletcher wrapped up the MCHS scoring with three points.
Hoping to extend its win streak to a season’s best three games, Moore County was slated to play at district leader Eagleville on Tuesday. Moore County will travel to
Fayetteville to take on the Lady Tigers on Friday and then play at Huntland on Tuesday, Feb. 2. The Raiderettes already have a pair of wins over Fayetteville this
season — a 12-point non-district win on Nov. 23 and a 10-point district win on Jan.
12 — while MCHS lost by 19 to Huntland back on Jan. 15.