What a difference a month makes. After getting blasted by Forrest in mid-December, the Moore County Raiderettes turned the tables on their District 9-A rival with a surprising 55-53 overtime victory over the Lady Rockets on Tuesday night.
If Moore County’s win over Middle Tennessee Christian on Dec. 20 was big, this victory was equally so. Not only did it come in Chapel Hill — on the road in front of a hostile crowd — but it helped the Raiderettes (15-9 overall, 6-3 District 9-A) climb to third place in the conference standings, a full game ahead of Forrest and one game back of MTCS.
After holding a slim lead at the end of each of the first three periods, including a 20-19 halftime advantage, Moore County allowed the hosts to finally catch up late in the fourth period.
With the Raiderettes ahead by three, Forrest’s Savannah Brothers knocked a three-pointer to tie the game and eventually send the contest to overtime.
Forrest (15-9, 5-4), which won seven of eight games during a stretch in early December, has lost three of its last five, including an eight-point loss to Eagleville just a week after upsetting league-leading Community.
Tuesday’s win came after the Raiderettes were blown out at home by Lincoln County 56-33 on Saturday night.
Saturday’s game was close in the first period, but Lincoln County began to inch away in the second quarter. With 1:22 remaining in the second, Moore County was up 20-19. But Lincoln County’s MaKinley Fitch and Cortney Storey followed with baskets and the Lady Falcons pulled ahead 24-20 at the break.
The visitors broke the game open in the third, holding the Raiderettes scoreless in the period — a stretch that spilled over into the fourth period and lasted nearly 10 minutes. A free throw by Kursten Hawkins at the 5:51 mark of the fourth period finally broke the dry spell. Sloan Mann’s bucket with 5:26 remaining was Moore County’s first field goal since late in the second quarter.
It was too little too late. A barrage of three-pointers by Lincoln County — they were 7-of-15 from beyond the arc — helped the Lady Falcons forge an insurmountable lead. It didn’t help that Moore County committed 19 turnovers in the contest.
Hawkins led the scoring effort for MCHS with a dozen. Mann and Kinsley Logan added six points each.
Last Friday, the Raiderettes claimed a 50-34 win over Huntland. In Lynchburg, Moore County blew open a close game by outscoring the Lady Hornets 17-1 in the final frame. Huntland lost leading scorer Ali Golden to an injury midway through the fourth period and Moore County took advantage, holding Huntland to a lone free throw over the final eight minutes.
Moore County trailed 28-24 at halftime and the game was tied at 33-all heading into the fourth quarter. Mann led all scorers with 16 points. Whitney Lemmon added seven for the Raiderettes. Golden had 12 for Huntland before leaving the game.
MCHS hosts Eagleville on Friday and will travel to Murfreesboro to face Middle Tennessee Christian School on Tuesday. Both games start at 6 p.m.