HUNTLAND — Sarah Raby scored 20 points and Erin Thomas added 14 as the Moore County High School girls basketball team kept its District 9-A title hopes alive with a 64-40 win over Huntland on Tuesday night.
At Huntland, the Raiderettes were playing the second of four straight road games. Moore County will be at Community on Friday night.
On Tuesday, Raby dominated play early, scoring 10 of Moore County’s 12 first-quarter points. Thomas heated up in the second quarter, sinking a pair of 3-pointers and scoring eight points in the period to help MCHS build a 30-17 halftime lead.
Thomas nailed two more treys in the third quarter as the Raiderettes (20-4 overall, 10-1 District 9-A) moved out to a comfortable lead. Moore County was ahead 45-29 heading into the final frame.
Erica Limbaugh added 11 points for the Raiderettes and Savannah Williams had six and Makayla Ray chipped in three.
Moore County’s boys had an opportunity to take out the Hornets, who sit third in the 9-A standings, but allowed the hosts to rally in the fourth quarter and dropped another close decision, falling 44-43.
It marked the fifth loss of five points ore less for the Raiders (6-16, 2-9) this season as they missed a great chance to get out of the district basement, where they sit tied with Community. They’ll get that chance Friday night as the travel to Bedford County to take on the Vikings.
Four of those five close losses have come in district play.
Cole Boyce led Moore County with 12 points. Ben Harvey added 10 and Dillon Davis scored nine. J.P. Robinson and Dalton Barrier had four apiece, while Blydge Farrar and James Dougherty netted two each.
The game was knotted at 19-all at halftime. Moore County outscored the Hornets 14-10 in the third quarter to take a 33-29 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Raiders did a better job defending Huntland’s Seth Satterfield and Jacob McLennah, who combined for 51 points the first time the two teams met this season. McLennan had 13 and Satterfield 11 on Tuesday.
By The Moore County News staff