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Raiderettes’ win streak snapped at five

Posted on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 1:06 pm

Moore County Middle School’s Erica Clifton brings the ball up the court during the Raiderettes’ game against Forrest on Monday night. MCMS lost by 12, snapping a five-game win streak. (Photo by Jeff Reed, www.jeffreedphotography.com)

Moore County Middle School’s Erica Clifton brings the ball up the court during the Raiderettes’ game against Forrest on Monday night. MCMS lost by 12, snapping a five-game win streak. (Photo by Jeff Reed, www.jeffreedphotography.com)

LYNCHBURG, Tenn. (Nov. 13) — The Moore County Middle School girls basketball team hadn’t lost in the month of November. In fact, the Raiderettes hadn’t lost since Oct. 25, nearly three weeks ago.

But after rolling to double-digit victories in four of their last five contests, the Raiderettes had their win streak snapped at five games on Monday night after suffering a 12-point loss, 42-30, to visiting Forrest Middle School.

It marked the second time this season that the Lady Rockets toppled the Raiderettes. Forrest won by 11 points, 34-23, in their first meeting back on Oct. 20. After that loss, Moore County won six of seven games.

Monday, however, the much-improved Raiderettes struggled to defend Forrest play on the perimeter. The Lady Rockets’ guards dribbled to the basket and either scored with ease or managed to drop the ball off to a post player for an easy basket.

After falling behind by double-figures in the first half, Moore County closed the gap and only trailed at halftime by nine points. But Forrest opened the third stanza with a flurry, scoring nine unanswered points to build a comfortable 18-point lead. They coasted to the win after that.

Olivia Richards had seven points for MCMS; Madison Floyd scored six, while Kendall Dangerfield, Maecy Fletcher and Kaleigh Hill had four apiece; Erica Clifton scored three and Ruby Jiminez two.

During their recent winning spree, the Raiderettes were beating their opponents by an average of 17.4 points. That includes a dominating performance on the road last Thursday night in a 31-5 victory over Fayetteville City.

Erica Clifton finished with 13 points leading six Raiderettes in scoring in the win over the Lady Tigers last week. Olivia Richards finished with eight, while Kerrigan Fanning scored four and Jordan Lund, Rayel Pierce and Breanna Burks netted two points each.

Moore County will travel to Cascade on Thursday. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.

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