Sarah Raby scored 19 points and Kelsey Camp added 11 as the Moore County Raiderettes beat visiting Fayetteville City 56-22 Friday night in the opening round of the District 9-A tournament.
At Moore County High School in Lynchburg, the top-seeded Raiderettes made quick work of the No. 8 seed Lady Tigers, racing out to an 18-3 lead in the first period. With the game tied 3-3, Moore County closed out the opening period on a 15-0 run and then coasted toward halftime.
Raby had eight points in the first quarter and Erin Thomas knocked down a pair of 3-pointers to help the Raiderettes take care of Fayetteville early. The Lady Tigers struggled against Moore County’s full court press. The visitors managed only two field goals in the entire first half and trailed 27-6 at intermission.
Thomas, Savannah Williams and Makayla Ray scored six points apiece for Moore County, while Abby Grogan, Erica Limbaugh, Taylor LaCook and Whitney Lemmon added two points each.
Liz Gurley scored eight points to pace the Lady Tigers, whose season came to an end with the loss.
The Raiderettes move on to the District 9-A semifinals and will host the remainder of the tournament at Motlow College. Moore County’s girls play Community at 4 p.m. on Monday at Motlow. Community, the No. 4 seed, beat No. 5 seed Middle Tennessee Christian 46-45 on Friday.
In the other two quarterfinal games, No. 3 Forrest topped No. 6 Huntland 57-34 and No. 2 Cascade beat No. 7 Eagleville 60-40. Cascade will play Forrest at 5:30 p.m. on Monday at Motlow.
The girls championship game is set for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, following a 6 p.m. consolation game.
By ROBERT HOLMAN (Robert Holman is the editor of the Moore County News. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.