The Raiderettes moved on to face University School of Nashville in the tournament semifinals.
Monday’s tournament opener went well for the Raiderettes (11-4), who had to concentrate on slowing down Arnold’s Jazlin Jones.
Jones, who poured in 38 points in a win over South Walton (Fla.) just three days before Christmas, did score a game-high 29 points against Moore County. But she scored 14 of those in the fourth quarter after Moore County had already built a 47-32 lead.
While Jones was en route to scoring all but seven of her team’s points, MCHS freshman Kursten Hawkins was on her way to a 25-point effort to lead the Raiderettes. Hawkins scored 10 in the first period as Moore County went out to an 18-11 lead. Hawkins had 18 at intermission and the Raiderettes led the Marlins 32-18.
It was all Moore County in the third period.
The Raiderettes’ defense clamped down and didn’t allow a field goal while outscoring Arnold 15-4. Jones managed just three free throws in the third period for the hosts.
Moore County simply had more weapons than the Marlins. Katie Thomas added 12 points for the Raiderettes, including eight in the first half, while Haley Henshaw chipped in seven. Taylor LaCook scored four and senior Makayla Ray netted three. Kinsley Logan and Faith Cauble scored two points each, while Mika Rainey and Grace Cauble scored one apiece.
Moore County traveled eight hours to win a game and earn a match-up with another Tennessee team, Arnold’s loss meanwhile sent the Marlins to the losers bracket and a game Tuesday against Mosley (Fla.) High School, a team the Marlins see on a regular basis.
Moore Co 36, University School 27
On Tuesday evening, Moore County used a 25-point effort from Kursten Hawkins to dispatch of University School of Nashville 36-27.
Moore County missed enough free throws to allow the Lady Tigers to stay in the contest, but, conversely made just enough late in the game to keep University School at bay. The win puts MCHS in the championship game of the Marlin Christmas Classic, where they will face yet another home-state foe.
Tennessee’s Cannon County High School topped Archbishop (Fla.) on Tuesday night to advance to Wednesday’s finals. The Raiderettes and the Lady Lions are scheduled to tip off at 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve for the tournament title. Watch the game live online at <www.PSBlive.com>.
Moore County was scheduled to return home on Thursday.
After an off weekend, the Raiderettes will travel to Coalmont on Tuesday, Jan. 6 to face Grundy County in a non-district affair. The Raiderettes will be back in district action on Friday, Jan. 9 with a road trip to Community. The next home game is Jan. 13 against Fayetteville City.