EAGLEVILLE — It’s been an oh-so-close season for the Moore County Raiders thus far. And 17 games into the grind, not a lot has changed.
Eagleville turned back Moore County 71-69 Friday night at Eagleville. It’s among a handful of games that the Raiders had within their grasp, only to see a possible win evaporate at the end. The Raiders (5-12 overall, 1-5 District 9-A) have now lost five district games by a combined 29 points.
That number — which is skewed by a pair of 11-point losses, one to Huntland and one to Fayetteville City — includes a one-point loss to Middle Tennessee Christian, Friday’s two-point loss to the Eagles and a four-point loss to Forrest. Even the Huntland game was within reach late in the second half.
But rather than fighting for a top spot in the conference standings, the Raiders are fighting to stay out of the cellar.
They’ll have another chance to right the ship this week as they travel to Cascade on Tuesday and then host Forrest at the MCHS gym on Friday.
At Eagleville last week, the Raiders had their chances. They were within two points at the end of the first quarter and trailed by six at intermission. But each time Moore County made a run, Eagleville (7-8, 3-3) had an answer.
It helped that the hosts had four players scratch double figures, led by Jason Hawks who scored 16 points. Hawks tallied 11 after the break to keep the Eagles just in front. Eagleville did its part to keep the Raiders close, missing eight free throws in the game’s final eight minutes.
Dillon Davis had one of his best scoring nights for the Raiders, finishing with 19 points to lead all scorers. Ben Harvey and Dalton Barrier were solid with 17 points apiece, and J.P. Robinson added 11. Cole Boyce finished with three and James Dougherty chipped in two.
By ROBERT HOLMAN, Editor (email@example.com)