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Raiderettes down Liberty, extend win streak to four games

Posted on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 12:17 pm

Moore County’s Olivia Richards led the Raiderettes with 13 points against Liberty. (Photo by Jeff Reed)

Moore County’s Olivia Richards led the Raiderettes with 13 points against Liberty. (Photo by Jeff Reed)

LYNCHBURG, Tenn. (Nov. 8) — Continuing their hot streak that began two weeks ago, the Moore County Middle School girls basketball team topped Liberty 40-25 on Monday night in Lynchburg. The win was the fourth in a row for the Raiderettes and helped them improve to 6-3 as the second half of the season begins.

The Raiderettes will travel to Fayetteville City on Thursday night to face the Lady Tigers. MCMS beat Fayetteville 34-12 the first time they met this season. Next week, MCMS will host Forrest on Nov. 14; host Middle Tennessee Christian School on Nov. 15 in a game that was rescheduled from Nov. 3; and travel to Cascade on Thursday, Nov. 17.

Monday night’s win over Liberty avenged a one-point loss to the Lady Patriots in the season-opener back on Oct. 17 and was the second straight double-digit victory the Raiderettes have posted. With half of the season in the book, the Raiderettes have won five of six and look like one of the most improved teams in the conference.

That’s in part due to the play of guards Olivia Richards and Erica Clifton and the improved play of post Maecy Fletcher. The Raiderettes have also gotten a lift from Kendall Dangerfield and Kerrigan Fanning. Fletcher scored 10 points in Monday’s win, while she had a dozen in last week’s 43-24 victory over Eagleville.

After falling to Liberty by a single point three weeks earlier, Moore County wasted little time jumping on the visiting Lady Patriots Monday night. Behind a pair of 3-pointers from Richards, the Raiderettes raced out to a 19-5 lead in the opening period. Clifton, Fletcher and Dangerfield each had four points in the first period as well as the Raiderettes took control early.

Moore County managed only two field goals in the second period, but did sink five free throws while extending their lead to 15 points, 28-13, before intermission. MCMS outscored Liberty 11-6 in the third stanza and then coasted to the win.

Richards paced the Raiderettes with 13 points, while Fletcher was next with 10. Dangerfield added six; Clifton had four; Fanning three; and Charlotte Ray and Jordan Lund netted two each.

MCMS 43, Eagleville 24

Maecy Fletcher, Erica Clifton and Olivia Richards combined for 32 of the Raiderettes’ 43 points as Moore County rolled past visiting Eagleville 43-24 last Thursday night.

Fletcher scored 12 points, while Clifton and Richards had 10 apiece.

Clifton knocked down a pair of 3-pointers in the first period as Moore County built a 14-4 lead. The Raiderettes maintained the 10-point lead throughout the second quarter and carried a 22-12 lead into intermission.

In the second half it was Richards who sank a pair of treys, helping MCMS expand the lead to 13 points, 31-18 heading into the final six minutes.

Kerrigan Fanning added six points for Moore County, while Charlotte Ray and Breanna Burks finished with two points apiece. Madison Floyd added one point.

The Raiderettes could have put more distance between themselves and the Eaglettes, but Moore County shot a paltry 1-of-11 from the free-throw line, while Eagleville was 6-of-6 from the charity stripe.

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