MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (Dec. 4) — Moore County’s girls basketball team delivered a clutch performance on the road at Middle Tennessee Christian School Friday night. The Raiderettes sank 10-of-12 free throws in overtime as they picked up a 49-45 victory over the Lady Cougars.
The 10 points from the charity stripe were the only points Moore County scored in the extra period. They included 5-of-6 from Kinsley Logan, 3-of-4 from Kursten Hawkins and two from Taylor Holcomb, who came off the bench late to hit both of her attempts.
Moore County needed a boost just to put the game into overtime. And they got it from Hawkins, who finished with a team-high 19 points. She drained a three-pointer with three seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game at 39-all.
For the most part, MTCS did a good job bottling up Hawkins through the first three quarters of the contest. The Lady Cougars held Moore County’s leading scorer to six points through three periods of play, but she erupted for 10 in the final period, including two huge treys with less than two minutes to play.
Until then, Logan, who has four three-pointers in the contest and Katie Thomas, who had one, carried much of the offensive load in what was primarily a defensive battle.
Logan sank a couple of triples in the opening period as the visiting Raiders tried to keep pace with the hosts. Even so, Moore County trailed 14-12 after one. And after scoring just four points in the entire second period, Moore County walked to the lockerroom facing a 22-16 deficit at the half.
The Raiderettes managed to cut the lead in half in the third quarter and then continued to chip away at it in the fourth period until Hawkins sank the long three-pointer to tie the game.
In the overtime period, it was a battle of nerves, as each team earned all the points from the free throw line. Middle Tennessee Christian, which went 6-of-6 in the final four minutes, simply didn’t get as many opportunities down the stretch as did the Raiderettes.
Following Hawkins’ 19-point effort, Logan added 17 and Taylor LaCook had four. Thomas and Chrissy Lockhart scored three each, while Holcomb chipped in two and Grace Cauble tallied one.
Moore County was slated to host Fayetteville City on Tuesday, Dec. 8. Results were not available at press time. The Raiderettes host Eagleville on Friday.
Moore County 50, Cascade 33
WARTRACE, Tenn. (Dec. 1) — The Cascade Lady Champions got the start they needed in slowing down the Raiderettes offense team on Tuesday night, Dec. 1. But eventually, the Raiderettes got the offense working and was able to overcome a strong defensive effort in the early goings against Cascade and claim a 50-33 win in Wartrace.
MCHS fell behind 9-2 in the opening period, but poured in 19 points in the second period to take a 21-15 halftime lead. Outscoring the hosts 17-2 in the third period, the Raiderettes finally pulled away.
Kursten Hawkins led the Raiderettes scoring with 15 and Kinsley Logan added 10 points. Katie Thomas scored nine, while Chrissy Lockhart had six. Completing Moore County’s scoring was Faith Cauble (3), Mika Rainey (2), Grace Cauble (2), Haley Henshaw (1), Taylor Holcomb (1) and Taylor LaCook (1).
Keeley Sutton and Shaina Schneider scored 11 each to pace the Lady Champions.
—By Robert Holman, Publisher (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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