Dropping back-to-back games for the first time this season, the Moore County High School girls basketball team lost to Forrest and Richland last weekend. The Raiderettes lost to Forrest 59-40 on Friday night and lost to Richland 48-44 on the road on Saturday night.
The Raiderettes will host Middle Tennessee Christian School (9-2, 3-0) in a District 9-A contest at 6 p.m. this Friday and then take five days off for the Christmas break. Moore County will then play at the Whitefield (Ky.) Academy Christmas Classic in the Louisville suburbs beginning the day after Christmas.
The Raiderettes will take on Garrard County (Ky.) at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 26. If they win, they will play again at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 27. A loss would mean a trip into the loser’s bracket and a 2 p.m. contest on Dec. 27.
Games will be played throughout the weekend, with the championship set for 5:15 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 28. There are eight teams in the tournament. Along with MCHS, Garrard County and host Whitefield Academy, are Rock Creek, Ind.; Springdale (Tenn.) Baptist; and Kentucky schools North Oldham, Whitesville Trinity and Louisville Doss.
With a lineup full of 8th-graders, including all five of Friday’s starters, the Raiderettes expected to take their lumps this season. While the team has its share of wins — MCHS got back-to-back district wins against Fayetteville and Huntland just two weeks ago — the Raiderettes (7-5 overall, 2-2 district) couldn’t sneak up on Forrest.
Though Moore County hung close in the early going, the Lady Rockets finally managed to build a double-digit lead just before the half. Out of the break, Forrest got a quick three-pointer and another bucket to push the advantage to 15 points.
Forrest slowly crept away, building a lead of as much as 30 points in the second half.
Kursten Hawkins led the Raiderettes with 15 points and Makayla Ray added 10. Sloan Mann scored five; Katie Thomas and Chrissie Lockhart finished with four apiece and Gwen Jacobs chipped in two.
The following night at Richland, Hawkins paced Moore County with a career-high 20 points and Mann added 14, but it wasn’t enough to avoid a four-point loss as the hosts rallied in the final frame.
Hawkins scored 19 of her 20 in the first three quarters. And while being held to one point over the final eight minutes, the Moore County offense went into a funk, allowing Richland to gain a 15-5 advantage in the fourth period and slip away with the win.
Moore County led 25-21 at halftime and held a 39-33 lead at the end of three quarters.
Lockhart and Ray netted three each and Kinsley Logan and Thomas had two points each.
—ROBERT HOLMAN, editor & publisher