The Moore County Middle School basketball teams split their games with visiting Liberty on Monday night as the Raiderettes won and the Raiders lost.
Both were lopsided contests, although the Raiders did mount a rally early in the fourth period before falling 50-31. Meanwhile, the Raiderettes cruised to an easy 46-4 victory over a young and outmatched Liberty squad.
The Raiderettes dominated play from the opening tip, racing out to an 18-0 lead, including a 14-0 advantage at the end of the first period. The visitors didn’t make a basket until the 1:28 mark of the second period. Liberty hit back-to-back buckets, which turned out to be the only points they’d get all night.
MCMS led 23-4 at halftime and outscored Liberty 21-2 in the second half, including a convincing 19-0 third period.
Moore County’s Anna Smith led all scorers with 13, while Kynleigh Fanning added 10. Abi Harvey scored eight and Kelli Ray netted five. Chipping in four each were Hailee Trott and Harlee Deaton, while Adriana Castillo finished with two.
It looked as though the boys game would be just as ugly after Liberty outscored Moore County’s Raiders 21-5 in the second period to build a 31-7 halftime lead.
But the Raiders rallied in the third, getting six points from Marcus Eady and four from Julius Dixon to pull to within 15 points, 36-21, heading into the final frame. In the fourth quarter, Moore County twice trimmed the lead to 11 points and had an opportunity late in the period to get the lead under 10, but the Raiders couldn’t take advantage.
The key was slowing down Liberty’s Bradley Houston, who after pouring in 23 points in the first half, managed just six after intermission. Houston’s 29 points led all scorers.
Moore County got eight points each from Dixon and Eady and five from Cayden Smith. Stone Frost and Ben Fletcher added four points apiece and Evan McKenzie scored two.
Moore County will be back in action Thursday, Oct. 30 hosting Cascade. The girls game begins at 6 p.m.
The Raiders and Raiderettes will travel to Huntland on Nov. 3.