The Moore County girls basketball team jumped ahead of Cascade early and then held on to win 51-39, taking the rubber match between the two schools as well as the District 9-A Tournament championship on Thursday night.
At Motlow College, the host Raiderettes led by as many as 15 points in the second quarter and enjoyed a double-digit lead throughout most of the second half.
Cascade was within nine points twice in the final 2:31.
TSSAA Class A Miss Basketball finalist Sarah Raby led Moore County with 23 points — 16 in the second half. Erin Thomas added 13.
The two teams have met three times this season, with Moore County winning twice. The other two contests were decided by a total of four points.
It was Moore County’s 11th win in a row and the Raiderettes improved to 27-4 after a 1-3 start to the season. Moore County is ranked sixth in the state in Class A according to the latest Associated Press poll.
The region tournament gets under way next week.
Read the complete story in the Feb. 21 print edition of The Moore County News. (Click here to subscribe to the print or online edition of The Moore County News)
By ROBERT HOLMAN (Robert Holman is the editor of the Moore County News. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)