Moore County fell too far behind too soon against a superior Middle Tennessee Christian School boys basketball team on Friday. In the end, not even a stirring rally could help the Raiders overcome the early deficit as they eventually lost 65-59.
Moore County (0-7) was coming off a 63-41 loss to Cascade.
The Raiders will try to get their first win of the season on Tuesday night as they travel to Fayetteville City. Tipoff is set for approximately 7:30 p.m.
MCHS travels to Eagleville this Friday night. Next week, the Raiders will be on the road at Franklin County (Dec. 13) and at home against Community (Dec. 16).
Last Friday night against Middle Tennessee Christian (4-1), Moore County fell behind by double digits in the first period. The visiting Cougars raced out to a big lead thanks to 10 first-quarter points by Barr Ellenburg and a pair of 3-pointers from Nate Howell. By the end of the first period, the Raiders were in a 23-8 hole.
Moore County bounced back in the second period, however. And they did it primarily at the free-throw line. The Cougars had trouble trying to slow down Moore County sophomore Julius Dixon. Dixon scored 12 of his game-high 22 points in the second quarter, including 8-of-8 from the charity stripe.
By intermission, Moore County managed to get the lead back to single digits, but still trailed 37-29. With Ellenburg in check — he had 15 points at halftime, but only six after the break — MCHS continued to chip away at the lead.
The Raiders pulled to within one, but could never take the lead.
Dixon’s 22 points led all scorers. Clay Burnett added 13 and Isaac Holt chipped in 12, including 10 in the second half. Garrett Jennings had eight points; Pacey Warren and Dylan Knight added two each.
Cascade 63, MCHS 41
Cascade jumped on Moore County early, building a 22-11 lead in the first quarter while carrying a 31-23 lead to the lockerroom at the half. The Raiders struggled to track Cascade’s Seth Gardner early in the game as Gardner hit three 3-pointers in the first period and scored 15 of his game-high 24 points in the first half.
The Champions went on a 20-11 run in the third period, building a 51-34 lead heading into the final frame.
Clay Burnett finished with a dozen points to lead eight MCHS players in scoring. Julius Dixon netted nine and Isaac Holt had eight. Matthew Schuller scored four, while Cayden Smith added three. Pacey Warren and Garrett Jennings scored two apiece and Ben Fletcher rounded out the scoring with one point.
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