The Moore County High School girls basketball team had a chance to lock up sole possession of third place in the final District 9-A regular-season standings on Monday night.
But a 54-51 loss at Eagleville dropped the Raiderettes back into a tie with Forrest and the Lady Rockets claimed the No. 3 seed heading into this weekend’s district tournament thanks to the tiebreaker.
Moore County (17-11 overall, 7-5 District 9-A) and Forrest (18-10, 7-5) finished with identical district records while also splitting their two games during the regular season.
With Moore County falling to the No. 4 seed, the Raiderettes will have just four days before a rematch with Eagleville (13-14, 6-6). The Lady Eagles are the No. 5 seed and will play Moore County at 4:30 p.m. on Friday afternoon. The game will kick off the tournament, which is being held at Community High School in Unionville this year.
The host Viqueens knocked off Middle Tennessee Christian School 62-59 on Tuesday night to earn the No. 1 seed in the tournament and a bye to the second round. The bye also guarantees Community of a spot in the Class A regional.
Community (20-4, 11-1) will play the Moore County vs. Eagleville winner at 6 p.m. on Monday night.
Before that however, there will be a lot of basketball action in Unionville. Following Moore County’s game on Friday, No. 3 Forrest play No. 6 Huntland (11-16, 2-10) at approximately 6 p.m.
No. 2 Middle Tennessee Christian (21-5, 9-3) will play Fayetteville City (2-21, 0-12) in Friday’s finale.
The Raiderettes will be looking for some consistency as they head into the postseason. Moore County’s girls have only won more than three consecutive games twice this season and have back-to-back wins on eight occasions. Much of that can be attributed to the team’s youth, as the Raiderettes have but two seniors and have five 8th-graders contributing a lot of minutes.
To advance to the district title game, which is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13, Moore County will have to avenge last week’s loss to Eagleville and then knock off district champ Community, which beat MCHS twice — 72-41 and 53-42 — during the regular season.