LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — Brayden Cashion had a pair of 3-pointers and scored a dozen points to lead a balanced scoring attack as the Moore County Middle School boys basketball team beat visiting Forrest Middle School 27-24 on Monday night.
The win came five days after the Raiders lost just their second contest of the season. Moore County fell 35-32 at Fayetteville City last Thursday night.
The Raiders (now 9-3 following a 3-point loss to MTCS on Tuesday) will travel to Cascade on Thursday night for a rematch of a game the Raiders won by three points back on Oct. 24.
At the Moore County gymnasium on Monday, Moore County bounced back from the loss to Fayetteville with yet another close victory. The Raiders led early, but points were scarce. Lone baskets by Riley Holman, Andrew Copeland and Cashion is all the Raiders could muster while building a 6-5 lead in the first period.
At halftime, MCMS led 9-8 as defense prevailed. Moore County found some momentum in the third quarter though as Cashion sank a 3-pointer and the Raiders got points from Tyler Smith, Jason Fanning and Copeland.
But after stretching the lead to eight points, Moore County watched as Forrest cut the deficit to two late in the fourth period. Another 3-pointer by Cashion helped Moore County maintain its lead and the Raiders got four free throws from Will Harder in the waning minutes to turn back the Rockets’ rally.
Cashion’s 12 points paced the Raiders, while Harder and Copeland finished with four apiece. Smith, Holman and Fanning netted two points each and Noah Blankenship chipped in one.
Fayetteville 35, MCMS 32
In Fayetteville, the host Tigers held off a furious Moore County rally in the fourth period to claim a three-point victory over the Raiders. The win helped Fayetteville stay in the Duck River Valley Conference race and helped the Tigers avenge a 25-point loss to Moore County earlier in the season.
After a hot start, Moore County’s offense struggled through the last two minutes of the half and through most of third period.
The hosts led 20-14 at the half and 27-18 at the end of three. After trailing by double digits, Moore County rallied in the final frame.
Andrew Copeland, who led the Raiders with a game-high 15 points, hit a 3-pointer and Will Harder hit a 3-pointer as MCMS made a comeback. Despite their efforts, however, they never managed to regain the lead and a long heave by Harder as time expired was off the mark.
Behind Copeland’s 15 points, Riley Holman and Harder scored five points each. Dylan Scruggs added three, while Tyler Smith and Jason Fanning had two apiece.
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