By Robert Holman, MCN Correspondent
Winning two out of three games last week, the Moore County High School Raiderettes
improved to 12-7 overall and 6-3 in District 8-A play heading into the final week of the regular season. Moore County dropped a heartbreaker at district rival Huntland on Tuesday and then bounced back to defeat Cascade on Friday night and visiting Whitwell on Saturday afternoon.
Moore County fell to Huntland 56-51; beat Cascade 58-40; and beat Whitwell 54-47.
Entering Tuesday’s home game against Cornersville — results from that game were not available at press time — the Raiderettes had won 10 of their last 13 games and
six of the last seven. The loss to Huntland on Feb. 2 snapped a four-game win streak for MCHS. Moore County has lost only twice in the last 10 contests, both times falling to the district-leading Lady Hornets.
Baring Eagleville (9-11, 7-2) being upset by Fayetteville (11-10, 4-5) on Tuesday, Moore County will finish third in the district standings and will likely host Cornersville (1-17, 0-9) in the opening round of the District 8-A tournament. Each game in this year’s district tournament will be played at the home of the higher-seeded team as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Moore County’s 12th victory of the season came against a very competitive Whitwell team and snapped the Lady Tigers’ four-game win streak. Whitwell beat the Raiderettes handily during their first matchup on Dec. 30. After falling by 18 points
on the road more than two months ago, the Raiderettes turned the tables en route to a 54-47 triumph in the second contest. Whitwell led 12-10 after one period, then Moore County’s Olivia Richards and Robin Smedley heated up. Smedley sank a pair
of three-pointers and had eight points in the second period, while Richards hit a trey and added seven points during the stretch as MCHS outscored Whitwell 17-14 to take a one-point lead, 27-26, to the locker room at intermission.
The third period was nip and tuck as the teams traded three-pointers — two by Richards and one by Smedley offset lone threes by Whitwell’s Courtney Zensen, Lilly Dzinglski and Abbi Cartwright. Each team netted 14 points and the Raiderettes led by one entering the fourth period.
In the final frame, Maecy Fletcher tallied seven points, while Richards made 5-of-6 free throws to put the visitors away. Richards finished with a game-high 20 points, while Smedley chipped in 14 and Fletcher added 11. Chloe Brazier had four points and Madison Floyd two.
Moore County 58, Cascade 40
The Raiderettes cruised to a District 8-A victory over Cascade on Friday. At Wartrace, visiting Moore County withstood a barrage of three-pointers from Cascade’s Lani Jones in the opening period to build an 11-10 advantage. MCHS answered Jones’s three treys with two deep baskets by Erica Clifton and one by Charlotte Ray. The Raiderettes then outscored their hosts 13-6 for a 24-16 halftime lead.
In the third period, Olivia Richards sank two threes to help Moore County outscore Cascade 13-7 while building a 37-23 lead with eight minutes remaining. Richards led the Raiderettes with 17 points and Clifton added 15. Maecy Fletcher finished with
seven points, while Madison Floyd and Ray netted six apiece. Robin Smedley scored five, while Chloe Brazier completed the scoring with two.
Huntland 56, Moore County 51
After losing to Huntland in Lynchburg by 19 points back on Jan. 15, Moore County showed marked improvement in its rematch with the Lady Hornets on Feb. 2. Led by Chloe Brazier’s work in the paint, the Raiderettes matched Huntland shot for shot throughout the contest. The game was tied with two minutes remaining and MCHS had possession of the ball. Choosing to work time off the clock, the Raiderettes ran more than 90 seconds off before a costly turnover near mid-court led to a Huntland basket and free throw by Kami Riley to seal the game.
Moore County fell behind 21-14 in the first period. Huntland’s Anna Stevenson sank three three-pointers, a two pointer and a pair of free throws, while MCHS countered with three inside buckets from Brazier, baskets from Erica Clifton and Olivia Richards and a trey from Charlotte Ray. Brazier continued with seven more points in the second period and the MCHS defense put the clamps on Stevenson, limiting the Huntland star to just three free throws. The Raiderettes used the momentum swing to grab the lead and carry a one-point lead, 27-26 into the half. Huntland surged ahead in the third period, building a 41-38 lead before MCHS came back to tie it at 49-all and again at 51 to set up the final sequence. Brazier led Moore County with 17 points. Richards added 15, while Ray had seven. Clifton netted six, Robin Smedley had four and Madison Floyd finished with two.
Huntland 8-1 12-4
Eagleville 7-2 9-11
County 6-3 12-7
Fayetteville 4-5 11-10
Cascade 2-7 2-15
Cornersville 0-9 1-17