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Raiderettes survive 9-A semifinals with narrow win over Community

Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 1:45 pm

It was ugly from the get-go and rough throughout, but the Moore County High School girls basketball team survived nonetheless.

Kelsey Camp’s 8-foot runner with 2.7 seconds remaining helped the Raiderettes beat a feisty Community team Monday night in the District 9-A tournament. The Raiderettes (26-4) won 46-44 and will play Cascade at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the district championship game at Motlow College.

The Lady Champions (19-8) beat Forrest 54-47 in Monday’s second game. MCHS and Cascade split their two meetings during the regular season, with Cascade winning by three in Wartrace and Moore County winning by one in Lynchburg.

The win for Moore County was its 10th in a row. The last time the Raiderettes lost was to Cascade on Jan. 8.

Forrest will play Community in the third-place game at 6 p.m. Thursday; Moore County will face Cascade at approximately 7:30 p.m.

For much of Monday’s first semifinal game, it looked as though the underdog Viqueens (16-12) were primed to pull off an upset. They scored the first six points of the game and held a 14-7 lead in the opening quarter.

Community led 44-42 with 46 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter before MCHS senior Sarah Raby scored to tie the game. With the contest knotted at 44-all, the Viqueens had the ball and a chance to go for the win, but a costly turnover with 22 seconds remaining gave the ball back to the Raiderettes.

Camp then sank the game winner out of a timeout with less than 10 seconds remaining.

“It really wasn’t (drawn up) for me,” said Camp. “I was supposed to come all the way out to the top, but they switched. I looked up and saw the time and just (decided) to shoot. I kinda hung there for a second … because I was hoping I’d get fouled … and it just went in.”

Community called timeout with 2.7 seconds left, but the Viqueens mishandled the ball at midcourt and was never able to get a shot off.

In the two previous meetings this season, Moore County won by two points and by six points. Monday’s game was every bit as difficult.

 

Read the complete story in the Feb. 14  print edition of The Moore County News(Click here to subscribe to the print or online edition of The Moore County News)

By ROBERT HOLMAN (Robert Holman is the editor of the Moore County News. He can be reached at mcnpub@lcs.net)

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