The Moore County girls basketball team edged visiting Cascade 42-41 Friday night, avenging an earlier loss to the Lady Champions while also claiming the District 9-A regular season championship and the top seed in the upcoming district tournament.
The Raiderettes (24-4 overall, 13-1 District 9-A) survived a physical contest and outlasted Cascade thanks to defensive heroics in the final minute of the game.
Moore County’s girls will host Fayetteville City (2-19, 1-13) on Friday, Feb. 8 in the opening round of the district tournament. Cascade (17-7, 12-2) finished second and will host Eagleville on Friday. Both games start at 7 p.m.
In boys action Friday night, Moore County’s Raiders played toe-to-toe with Cascade for 31 minutes of the 32-minute affair. Moore County struggled to keep pace in the waning minutes as the Champions scored repeatedly on easy run outs.
A 61-50 victory by Cascade (16-7, 10-4) helped the Champions finish second in the regular-season standings and earn a home game against Community (10-14, 4-10) at 7 p.m. on Saturday night.
Moore County (7-19, 3-11) finished last in the boys conference standings and will travel to top-seeded Middle Tennessee Christian (16-7, 10-4) for a 7 p.m. contest.
MTCS earned the top seed because the Cougars beat Cascade twice this season. Middle Tennessee Christian has a 52-51 win and a 76-61 win over Moore County this year.
Of the eight teams in the conference tournament, the top four from the boys tournament and the top four from the girls tourney will move on to the region tournament.
For more on Moore County’s games against Cascade, as well as a look at the postseason tournament, see the Feb. 7 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 email@example.com)