LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — The Moore County Raiderettes sank to 2-5 in District 9-A play following a pair of home losses last week. The Raiderettes lost to both Forrest and Middle Tennessee Christian, falling four full games behind league leader Community (17-2 overall, 6-1 District 9-A).
It marked the first back-to-back losses this season for the Raiderettes, who had lost three of five heading into Tuesday’s game at Fayetteville. The Raiderettes (14-6, 2-5) were a game behind fifth-place Forrest and 1 1/2 games behind fourth-place Eagleville. Moore County is slated to play at Eagleville on Friday, with a chance to make up some ground on the leaders.
Community (No. 8), Middle Tennessee Christian School (No. 9) and Eagleville (No. 10) were all ranked inside the Associated Press Class A girls prep basketball poll released on Monday.
Forrest 61, MCHS 52
Getting three-pointers from Kyleah Hengesbach, Hailey Collins and Caitlyn Yost, the visiting Lady Rockets spurted out to an 18-12 lead in the first period and then clamped down defensively in the second period.
Forrest held Moore County to just one field goal and only four points — all by Grace Cauble — in the second period as the visitors built a 32-16 lead at halftime.
Moore County mounted a rally in the second half, outscoring Forrest in both the third and fourth periods, but the big deficit early was too much to overcome.
Kursten Hawkins was held to just three points in the first half, before finishing with a game-high 19 for Moore County. She hit five treys.
Cauble added 10, the only other Raiderette in double digits. Kinsley Logan scored nine, all on three-pointers, and Chrissy Lockhart added five.
Taylor LaCook (4), Faith Cauble (3) and Haley Henshaw (2) completed the scoring for the Raiderettes.
Hengesbach scored 13 points and hauled in 14 rebounds for Forrest, while teammates Yost and Collins added 16 and 14 points, respectively.
Middle TN Christian 53, MCHS 48
After escaping Murfreesboro with an overtime win over the Cougars back on Dec. 4, the Moore County girls were hoping to duplicate that feat over ninth-ranked MTCS on Friday night. And for much of the contest, it appeared that’s the way the final minutes would play out.
The host Raiderettes played from behind for most of the game after trailing 16-10 at the end of the first period. Kursten Hawkins scored 15 points for Moore County in the first half, but MTCS still led 26-22 at intermission.
The visitors padded their lead by a single point in the third period, and then held Moore County at bay thanks to an 8-of-8 effort at the free throw line down the stretch.
Hawkins led all scorers with 28 points, though she was matched nearly shot for shot by Middle Tennessee Christian’s Ashlynd Wilkerson, who had 24 points for the winners, a dozen in each half.
Kinsley Logan netted six points for MCHS and Katie Thomas had five. Grace Cauble scored four, while Chrissy Lockhart had three and Taylor LaCook two.
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