LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — The Moore County Raiderettes pushed visiting Community to the edge last Tuesday night before falling in overtime to the league-leading Viqueens. Moore County head coach Bruce Slatten wasn’t around to see the finish, however, after he picked up his second technical of the game and was forced to leave late in the overtime period of the Raiderettes’ loss.
That cost Slatten a pair of games, so he wasn’t on the sideline on Friday night either, when his team finally managed to pick up a signature victory in District 9-A play. MCHS topped Huntland Friday night at home, ending a stretch of conference games dating back to Dec. 8 that included only two wins, both over lowly Fayetteville City.
Not since an early-season win over Middle Tennessee Christian School on Dec. 4 had the Raiderettes been able to secure a victory over an upper-level District 9-A opponent.
Along the way, there have been some tight games, including three losses by five points — Eagleville, Huntland and MTSC — and the Raiderettes’ other four district losses have all been by 10 points or less.
But despite being close in every contest en route to a 16-8 overall record, Moore County is still just 4-7 in district play with a fifth-place finish the best it can hope for. Fortunately, the Raiderettes finally got another signature win on its resume as the season winds down.
The Raiderettes were scheduled to play at Lawrence County Tuesday afternoon but due to the threat of severe weather, the game was cancelled.
MCHS plays at Forrest on Friday night before wrapping up the regular season with back-to-back non-conference games at home on Feb. 9 and Feb. 11.
MCHS 49, Huntland 34
Moore County managed to put a tough loss behind it and played stellar defense to claim a 15-point win over Huntland on Friday night in Lynchburg. The Raiderettes clamped down on the league’s third-best team and never allowed Lady Hornets standout Ali Golden to get into a rhythm.
No. 7 Community 62, MCHS 55, OT
Host Moore County scored first and it took visiting Community nearly three full quarters to wrestle the lead away from the Raiderettes in the game played Tuesday, Jan. 26.
After holding a 13-9 lead at the end of the first period, Moore County stretched the lead to eight points in the second. Kursten Hawkins had a pair of three-pointers and Katie Thomas added a trey as well, helping MCHS build a 26-21 lead over the seventh-ranked Viqueens.
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