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Raiders hit the hardwood for postseason play

Posted on Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 10:53 am

The Moore County High School boys’ basketball team finished second in the District 8-A regular season standings, earning
a No. 2 seed in this week’s postseason district tournament and a first-round bye in the six-team affair, which was postponed one week due to the ice and snow storm that blanketed the area last week.

The Raiders (12-10) were scheduled to host No. 3 seed Eagleville (10-13) Tuesday in the tournament semifinals. Eagleville beat No. 6 seed Cornersville 52-39 on Monday night. On the other side of the bracket, No. 4 seed Fayetteville (13-12) topped No. 5 seed Huntland 74-52 on Monday and moved on to face top-seeded Cascade (12-9) on Tuesday. Results of Tuesday’s
contests were not available at press time. While both Cornersville (1-20) and Huntland (3-15) are eliminated from the postseason, each of the remaining four seeds — Cascade, Moore County, Eagleville and Fayetteville — will automatically advance to the Region 4-A Tournament.

Tuesday’s winners will face each other at 7 p.m. on Thursday in the tournament championship game, while the two losing teams will square off Thursday at 7 p.m. in the consolation game. All of this year’s district tournament games are being played at the home of the higher-seeded team.

The first- and second- place teams in the district tournament will then host their opening game in the region tournament, while the third and fourth-place teams will have to play their first region contest on the road.

Winners of 10 of their last 14 regular season games, the Raiders entered the postseason on a five-game win streak. MCHS will be making just its eighth region appearance in the last 20 years, but it will be the third straight for this year’s junior and senior classes. It’s been more than two decades since a senior class advanced to the region tournament in three consecutive seasons.

Moore County’s season has ended the last two years with a region quarterfinal loss at Merrol Hyde Magnet School in Hendersonville. This  group — led by seniors Brayden Cashion, Andrew Copeland, Riley Holman and Dylan Scruggs, and juniors Colton Bateman and Will Harder — will look to win a region game for the first time since the 2007-08 Raiders advanced all the way to the TSSAA State Semifinals.