Playing their second overtime contest in as many games, the Moore County High School girls basketball team lost its home opener on Friday night, falling to Summertown 45-39. Missed free throws in the second half were costly for the Raiderettes.
Moore County (1-1) missed six free throws in the second half and then three more in the extra period. The Raiderettes misfired on five attempts from the charity stripe in the third quarter alone.
The game was a defensive struggle and nip and tuck throughout, with the Raiderettes relinquishing an early lead and trailing 13-12. Moore County built an 8-4 advantage in the first quarter thank in large part to a pair of 3-pointers from Erin Thomas. Thomas finished with three treys in the game and had 17 points. She went scoreless, however, in the second and third quarters and Summertown forged ahead.
Thomas warmed back up in the fourth period, scoring eight more points, including a huge 3-pointer to keep the Raiderettes in the game.
In overtime, Moore County’s lone field goal came from Sarah Raby, who equaled Thomas with 17 points.
Summertown, meanwhile, made a steady march to the charity stripe in the extra period. The Lady Eagles made 9-of-12 free throws in overtime to salt away the victory.
They also got a big 3-pointer from Morgan Long, who led all scorers with 22 points. Teammate Alissa Hunter added 10, as only four Summertown players scored.
For the Raiderettes, Savannah Williams chipped in five points and Micayah Smith had two, while Erica Limbaugh was held scoreless. Moore County was again playing without Kelsey Camp, who has been sidelined with an injury since the preseason.
After the Thanksgiving break, the Raiderettes will travel to Lebanon to compete in the Lebanon Thanksgiving Classic. MCHS plays at 4 p.m. on Saturday.
The Raiderettes begin District 9-A play on Tuesday at home against Community. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. at the Moore County gym.
By ROBERT HOLMAN, Editor (firstname.lastname@example.org)