UNIONVILLE — Moore County got big efforts from a variety of players when it needed them the most. The result was a 63-44 runaway victory over Middle Tennessee Christian School in Thursday’s consolation game of the District 9-A tournament.
At Community High School in Unionville, the Raiderettes got a big first half from Kursten Hawkens, as well as big plays from Sloan Mann, Whitney Lemmon and Kinsley Logan during key stretches of the contest.
Hawkens finished with a game-high 22 points, with 15 of them coming in the first half to help the Raiderettes build a slim lead.
Mann had 13 points, including a pair of huge three-pointers in the third quarter as Moore County answered each challenge from the Lady Cougars.
Lemmon, meanwhile, tallied 10 points in perhaps her best game of the season as the senior repeatedly slipped behind Middle Tennessee Christian defenders for key baskets.
Point guard Kinsley Logan finished with eight points, all in the fourth quarter, during which she was 5-of-6 from the free throw line.
Moore County led 30-20 at the half.
Ashlynd Wilkerson hit three three-pointers for the Lady Cougars and finished with a team-high 21 points. Abby Buckner added 14 points.
Host Community (22-4) beat Forrest 55-36 to win the District 9-A Tournament championship and earn a No. 1 seed in the region tournament. Forrest will be a No. 2 seed, while Moore County will be No. 3 and MTCS is No. 4.
The Raiderettes (19-12) will move on to the Region 5-A Tournament, where they will be seeking their 20th victory of the season. Moore County will play the loser of Saturday’s District 10-A championship game between Nashville Christian (23-7) and Houston County (27-1). Houston County is ranked No. 4 in the state in the most recent Associated Press Class A poll.
The first Region 5-A contest is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 21, with the top seeds hosting first round games. MCHS is the No. 3 seed from District 9-A and will have to travel to the District 10-A No. 2 seed.
Associated Press Poll Class A (Released Feb. 10)
1. Union City (16) 27-0 178 1
2. Clarkrange (2) 25-2 157 2
3. Meigs Co. 26-2 130 3
4. Houston Co. 26-1 116 4
5. Middleton 23-3 86 5
Tie, Gibson Co. 25-3 86 6
7. Jackson Co. 21-6 70 7
8. South Greene 22-8 39 8
9. Huntingdon 24-2 37 9
10. North Greene 21-9 35 NR
Others receiving 12 points or more: 11, Cloudland 25; 12, Community 12.