The Moore County girls basketball team battled back from a six-point halftime deficit to beat North Sand Mountain (Ala.) 66-60 in double overtime Friday night in the South Pittsburg Christmas Tournament.
The win sends the Raiderettes into Saturday’s tournament championship game against Sequatchie County, which is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. CST tip off.
It marks the second straight Saturday that Moore County’s girls have played for a tournament title. The Raiderettes won the Gatlinburg-Pittman Smoky Mountain Classic on Dec. 22.
After two relatively easy wins at South Pittsburg, Moore County (14-3) had to work to get by North Sand Mountain, the second-ranked team in Class 2A in Alabama.
Like Moore County, the Lady Bison (11-2) beat Grundy County and Marion County in Pool Play of the tournament. And like Moore County, North Sand Mountain was coming off a tournament championship last week as well, as the Lady Bison rallied from 15 points down in the third quarter to top Pisgah (Ala.) 57-51 to win the Sand Mountain Tournament at Section (Ala.) High School.
In a physical game Friday night at South Pittsburg High School, neither team was eager to make an early exit.
After trailing 28-22 at the half, Moore County wouldn’t go away. The game was tied 49-all at the end of regulation and 52-52 after the first overtime.
Despite playing without starters Kelsey Camp and Erica Limbaugh, who fouled out in the waning minutes, the Raiderettes forged ahead in the second overtime and held on to win their 13th consecutive game.
On Wednesday, Moore County knocked off Grundy County 44-30 to open tournament play; on Thursday, the Raiderettes beat Marion County 63-43.
By ROBERT HOLMAN, MCN Editor