LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — The Moore County Middle School boys basketball team bounced back from its only loss of the season with a win over Community on Monday night. It took a 12-0 run in the third period, however, for the Raiders to finally pull ahead before eventually winning 22-19.
Moore County, which fell 33-30 at Westwood last Thursday night, needed a big defensive effort against the Vikings to overcome a dismal start.
At Community, the hosts struck first and then built a 7-6 lead in the first period behind the play of Xander Monroe. With the Raiders unable to find a basket in the second period — the Raiders misfired on a slew of shots within 8 feet of the goal — Community held MCMS scoreless in the second period and eased into the lockerroom with a 12-6 advantage.
The Raiders rallied in the third period thanks to a stepped up effort on defense. After falling behind 15-6, Moore County went on a 12-0 run that covered the end of the third quarter and stretched into the final frame. The Raiders led 16-15 at the end of the third and held an 18-15 lead before the hosts finally caught their breath.
Moore County was led by Brayden Cashion and Dylan Scruggs, who scored eight points each; Andrew Copeland scored six points, all in the second half. The Raiders held Monroe to just 11 points, with only two in the second half.
The Raiders picked up a win over Eagleville on Tuesday night. No other information was available at press time. Moore County (7-1) will host Liberty on Monday, Nov. 7.
Westwood 33, MCMS 30
Moore County suffered its first loss of the season with a three-point setback in Manchester on Thursday, Oct. 27. The Raiders trailed by as many as 11 before a late rally.
With 4.1 seconds remaining, the Raiders pulled down a rebound following a missed Westwood free throw. A timeout gave MCMS the ball at midcourt with 2.2 seconds. The inbounds pass went awry, however, and the host Rockets held on for the win.
Brayden Cashion’s 10 points paced Moore County. Andrew Copeland added seven and Jason Fanning netted five. Dylan Scruggs and Riley Holman finished with three points each and Noah Blankenship had two.
Moore County trailed 18-13 at the half.
MCMS 40, Huntland 26
Despite a sluggish start, Moore County managed to pull away from the host Hornets over the final six minutes and roll to a 14-point win on Oct. 25.
Andrew Copeland scored 11 of his game-high 13 points in the first half as the Raiders built a 21-13 halftime lead. Huntland pulled to within five in the fourth period.
Back-to-back 3-pointers by Riley Holman and a trey by Brayden Cashion spurred a 17-6 Moore County run as the Raiders finally got the lead to double-digits in the fourth period.
Dylan Scruggs added 11 points for Moore County, including eight in the fourth. Cashion and Holman finished with six points each, while Jason Fanning and Noah Blankenship chipped in two each.
—ROBERT HOLMAN, Publisher (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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