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Raiders get a district win over Huntland

Posted on Friday, January 25, 2019 at 3:00 pm

The Moore County Raiders picked up one district win but the Raiderettes went 0-2 on the week, dropping a heartbreaker in overtime, as high school basketball starts to hit the stretch run toward the district tournament Feb. 11-16.

Brayden Cashion goes up for a shot against Eagleville. Photo by Jeff Reed

Raiders 64, Huntland 52

The Raiders picked up their first Class A, District 8 win of the season behind sophomore Andrew Copeland’s 29 points in the game at home on Tuesday, Jan. 15.

The Raiders led by five points at halftime and then outscored the Hornets 12-2 in the third period to stretch the lead to 15. Copeland and senior Garrett Jennings scored five points apiece in the third frame as the Raiders pulled away.

Jennings and Brayden Cashion each scored 12 points in support of Copeland’s big night. The Raiders knocked down six three-pointers – three by Copeland, two by Cashion and one by Riley Holman.

With the win, Moore County improved to 4-17 overall and 1-3 in District 8-A.

Eagleville 75, Raiders 59

The Raiders took on tough Eagleville and took the fight to the Eagles early. Garrett Jennings scored six first-half points as he battled inside and Andrew Copeland lit it up from outside, scoring 13 points in the opening half.

Jennings made two free throws to tie the score at 21 early in the second quarter. But Eagleville took charge after that, outscoring the home team 24-6 until the intermission.

Moore County rallied in the third quarter, again behind Copeland and Jennings, and Brayden Cashion scored five points in the quarter as well. The Raiders trimmed the margin to 48-40 on a Copeland trey but they couldn’t get closer.

Eagleville led 59-48 heading into the fourth period and pulled out to a 20-point edge before the Raiders closed the gap with a couple of hoops late. Copeland led MCHS (4-18, 1-4) with 22 points. Cashion finished with 15 and Jennings scored 12.

Huntland 50, Raiderettes 49 (OT)

The Raiderettes trailed by 11 at halftime, rallied to take a two-point lead into the fourth quarter, but fell in overtime in a heartbreaking district loss.

In the overtime period, Moore County didn’t score until Kynleigh Fanning’s three-pointer at the final buzzer. Erica Clifton scored 11 to lead the Raiderettes while Fanning added 10.

The Raiderettes (6-15, 2-2 District 8-A) went to the free-throw line 23 times but only made 11 as their woes at the stripe continue. They made three treys, two by Fanning and one by Clifton. Kelli Ray and Olivia Richards added eight points apiece Hailee Trott scored seven.

Eagleville 47, Raiderettes 31

Moore County (6-16, 2-3) battled Eagleville hard before the Lady Eagles went on a run late to pull away. The Raiderettes’ full-court press forced bad passes and turnovers early and they were locked up 10-10 after a quarter and trailed just 31-25 after three periods.

Hailee Trott made two free throws to cut the lead to 32-28 with under six minutes to play in the game. But Eagleville went on a 15-0 run from there to seal the win.

Anna Smith scored six points to lead MCHS. Trott scored five and Erica Clifton scored four.

Up next: Moore County travels to face tough Cascade on Friday, Jan. 25, with the girls game at 6 and the boys to follow. The Raiders and Raiderettes play Monday, facing district foe Cornersville, in the final home game of the season. It will be Senior Night.