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Raiderettes win season opener vs. Community

Posted on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 3:34 pm

The Moore County Raiderettes soundly defeating the Community Viqueens 56-46 at home Tuesday night. The Raiderettes started a very experienced lineup with the same five seniors who started last season. Returning from last year’s season ending injury, Kursten Hawkins took over where she ended with her familiar drive to the basket, toughness on the floor, and 3-point shooting. Fouls were the story in the first half. The Viqueens opened the game playing overly aggressive and picked up 7 quick fouls putting the Raiderettes in a 1 and 1 early in the first quarter. The roles seemed to reverse as the game progressed with the referees evening the foul distribution and putting both teams in the double bonus. In the second quarter, the Viqueens shot 14 foul shots only hitting 4 while the Raiderettes went 5 for 6 from the foul line. With several Raiderettes in foul trouble, Senior Faith Cauble came off the bench to give the Raiderettes a scoring boost hitting two threepointers to preserve the Raiderette’s lead. At the half, the Raiderettes led Community 25-16. In the third quarter, Seniors Kinsley Logan and Kursten Hawkins took control of the game scoring 18 points and opening up a 45-28 lead over the Viqueens. The Viqueens made a late run in the fourth quarter but they were unable to overcome the large deficit. Kursten Hawkins led the Raiderettes with 24 points. Kinsley Logan had 12 points and Faith Cauble had 6. Moore County High School talented senior point guard, Kinsley Logan, sank a foul shot that gave her 1,000 points as a Raiderette. Logan was presented a commemorative basketball after the game recognizing her accomplishment. Coach Josephson commented after the game “We really appreciated the energy from the home crowd. It definitely makes a difference for the girls. They came out with a fire I had been begging for all season. Hopefully, we continue to grow in all aspects and will be clicking on all cylinders come January 5th. I was particularly proud of Kinsley Logan and Katie Thomas. Kinsley’s outside shot wasn’t falling so she began to take the ball to the basket and joined the 1,000 point club which is a huge accomplishment. Thomas wasn’t getting many open looks but she played great defense and rebounded therefore I couldn’t take her off the court. If everyone plays like that we have a chance of a special season.”