COALMONT — No rush. No worries. At least it appeared that way.
For much of the Moore County Raiderettes’ game at Grundy County on Friday night, it seemed as though the blue-clad visitors were ahead by a comfortable double-digit margin. Playing at Ricky Richards Gym in Coalmont, the home crowd was subdued, while the Yellow Jackets’ student section was a non-factor.
But instead of coasting to an easy win, the Raiderettes were fortunate to leave the mountain with a 50-46 overtime victory.
After leading by eight points midway through the fourth quarter, Moore County (12-6, 3-2 District 9-A) let the lead slip away in the final minutes of regulation.
In the extra period, Moore County ratcheted up its defense and allowed just one Grundy County basket, a long three-pointer from Mikayla Williams.
Led by Sloan Mann, Moore County was 9-of-12 from the free throw line in overtime, just enough to claim their 12th victory of the season.
Mann was 5-of-6 from the free throw line in the extra period and 8-of-10 for the game, while scoring a game-high 18 points.
Grundy County was led by Seals, who tallied 13 before fouling out of the contest.
For more on the MCHS vs. Grundy County game, see the Jan. 9 print edition of the Moore County News. To subscribe, click here.