BELL BUCKLE, Tenn. — The Moore County High School boys basketball team bounced back from a season-opening loss at Richland to win back-to-back games at The Webb School on Saturday.
The Raiders topped Red Boiling Springs 68-52 and then went to overtime to beat host Webb 62-59. Moore County had double-digit leads in both games but watched as both opponents cut into their respective deficits to challenge the Raiders.
In the afternoon finale, Moore County led the Webb Feet by 10 points midway through the third quarter, but the hosts rallied to take a late lead in the fourth period. Getting balanced scoring from seven players, the Raiders played well enough to force overtime.
They then went to the free throw line in the extra period to make 4-of-6 shots, including 3-of-4 by sophomore Clay Burnett to hold off Webb. Burnett made three straight to put the Raiders ahead before he missed his fourth attempt.
Webb rebounded the miss, but turned the ball over in the near corner before getting a good look at the basket.
The game was knotted at 25-all at the half thanks to a last-second tip-in by Webb.
Moore County (2-1) was led by senior Will Slatten’s 15 points. Slatten sliced through the Feet defense to get a huge bucket in the fourth quarter and again in the overtime period. Burnett added 13 points, while Jay Layman, who fouled out of the contest, netted 10. Stone Frost and Andy Huffer tallied seven apiece; Julius Dixon scored six and Nate Love added two.
In Saturday’s opener against Red Boiling Springs, seven Moore County players again scratched the scoring column. Layman, a senior, posted 20 points in the win — all in the second half.
Layman’s scoring outburst helped the Raiders overcome a 21-point outing by Red Boiling Springs’ Elijah Byfield.
Slatten chipped in 12 points for Moore County, with eight coming in the first half as MCHS eased out to a 35-25 lead. Lee Huffer scored 10 points, all in the first half, while Burnett added eight. Dixon finished with seven; Montana Driver had six and Pacey Warren had five.
All of Moore County’s scoring was done close to the basket as the Raiders didn’t make a three-pointer in the contest.
MCHS opened the season last week with a 53-31 loss at Richland. Slatten and Lee Huffer scored eight apiece in the loss.
Moore County was scheduled to play at Franklin County on Tuesday and in the Richard Hardy Memorial High School Classic in South Pittsburg on Wednesday.
The Raiders will continue in the Richard Hardy Memorial High School Classic on Friday with a 1:30 p.m. game against North Jackson, and at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday against host Richard Hardy.
—By ROBERT HOLMAN, Publisher (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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