Playing for the first time since earning two mid-season holiday tournament championships, the Moore County Raiderettes showed little signs of rust at Eagleville on Friday.
Moore County notched a 56-38 road win as the Raiderettes jumped into the thick of the District 9-A schedule. Six of the team’s final 10 regular-season games will be contested on the road. That was to continue Tuesday night at Cascade.
Moore County (16-3 overall, 6-0 District 9-A) returns home Friday night to host Forrest, a team the Raiderettes held on to beat 45-42 back on Nov. 30. That win was the second of what has become 15 consecutive victories, and no team has played the Raiderettes closer than that three-point margin since then.
MCHS will follow that up with a home game against Fayetteville City on Tuesday, Jan. 15 before beginning a four-game road stretch.
So far this season, the road has been kind to the Raiderettes. During the current 15-game win streak, four victories have come on the court of an opposing team and seven have come at neutral sites, while only four have been in Lynchburg.
Along the way they have gotten outstanding play from senior Sarah Raby. Thanks to a handful of 30-point nights, Raby has emerged as one of the top scorers in the midstate, averaging just under 20 points per game.
Against Eagleville on Friday, Raby was just above that with a game-high 21 points. Most of the damage was done in the first half, when she scored 16 to help the Raiderettes build a 35-20 lead by halftime. While she knocked down a pair of 3-pointers, she was also perfect from the charity stripe, hitting all six of her attempts.
Eagleville had trouble defending the 3-pointer, as Moore County sank seven on the night, including two each by Makayla Ray and Erin Thomas, and one by Erica Limbaugh.
The Raiderettes drained four in the third quarter alone as they distanced themselves from the Eagles. Moore County outscored the hosts 16-2 in the third period to put the game away.
Kelsey Camp added nine points for the Raiderettes, while Thomas, Abby Grogan and Ray had six apiece. Limbaugh and Micayah Smith finished with three each and Whitney Lemmon netted two.
By ROBERT HOLMAN, Editor (firstname.lastname@example.org)