LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — Moore County’s boys basketball team lost to Forrest and Middle Tennessee Christian School last week, running the Raiders’ losing streak to 16 games. Moore County (3-18 overall, 0-7 District 9-A) hasn’t won since late November when they were able to pick up a lone win in the Richard Hardy Classic.
While the Raiders have lost sight of district leaders Huntland, Fayetteville and Middle Tennessee Christian School, they are still within striking distance of fourth-place Eagleville, as well as Community and Forrest.
As MCHS prepared for Tuesday night’s game at Fayetteville, the Raiders were three games back of Eagleville, 2 1/2 back of Community and just a half game behind Forrest (3-17, 1-6).
Forrest 60, MCHS 53
Despite double figures from both Jay Layman (16 points) and Will Slatten (10), the Raiders let the Rockets claim their first district win of the season Tuesday, Jan. 12 in Lynchburg.
Moore County had trouble slowing down Forrest’s Jacob Rich, who scored 12 points in the first half as the visitors built a 34-25 halftime lead. Forrest came out of the gates with a flurry of baskets, scoring 22 points in the opening period thanks to four three-pointers.
At the end of one, MCHS trailed 22-8. Rich had 10 points in the opening period, including a pair of treys.
The Raiders regrouped and used a 17-12 rally to close the gap before intermission. The teams played even in the third period, with nine points each.
Rich finished with 17 points to lead all scorers.
Clay Burnett added nine for Moore County, while Julius Dixon netted seven. Spencer Reese and Andy Huffer chipped in four each and Stone Frost scored three.
Middle TN Christian 64, MCHS 54
The visiting Cougars built a big lead early and cruised to an easy win over Moore County in Lynchburg last Friday night. After easing out to a 33-22 halftime lead, Middle Tennessee Christian extended the lead to 22 points, 56-34, heading into the fourth period.
Will Slatten scored a dozen points to pace Moore County, while Clay Burnett and Andy Huffer added seven apiece. Julius Dixon scored six.
Nate Love, Stone Frost, Montana Driver, Jay Layman and Spencer Reese tallied four points each; Pacey Warren netted two.