The Moore County High School boys basketball team is off to a 4-1 start, winning back-to-back games last week to push the team to a four-game winning streak.
The victories over Cornersville and Lincoln County helped the Raiders enjoy their longest winning streak since the 2007-08 season, when the team strung together 13 in a row late in the season, finished 29-5 and advanced to the TSSAA Class A State Tournament in Murfreesboro.
The Raiders haven’t won more than three games since that extraordinary season.
Moore County will have a chance to extend its streak as the Raiders take part in the Cannon County Thanksgiving Classic in Woodbury this weekend. Moore County will play Nashville Central Christian on Friday afternoon and will face Murfreesboro Central Magnate at 11 a.m. on Saturday.
In a 66-50 victory over Cornersville last Thursday, the Raiders looked nothing like the team that lost its season-opener against Richland by 16 points. Moore County played with a bit more control and managed to get a little more scoring to help out senior Ryan Northcutt, as nine players scored for MCHS.
Northcutt, still led the way with a game-high 16, but fellow senior Jordan Barrier was solid offensively as he chipped in 15. Will Slatten added nine and Blydge Farrar had eight. Montana Driver, Jay Laymon, Doran Noble and Lee Huffer added four points apiece and Andy Huffer had two.
Moore County took control early and built a 19-13 lead in the first period. The flood gates opened in the second quarter and the Raiders poured in 24 points, including eight from Barrier, who nailed a pair of three-pointers. Five players scored in the quarter for the Raiders, who enjoyed a 43-23 lead at intermission.
They coasted to the finish and head coach Lavon King was able to clear his bench, getting everyone playing time, including Felix Bourllet, a transfer student from France seeing his first basketball action.
The Raiders were coming off of a 48-44 win over Lincoln County on Nov. 18.
Northcutt carried the Raiders with 27 points. James Dougherty added six and Farrar scored five. Slatten and Noble had three points each and Laymon and Barrier scored two each.
Moore County led 23-19 at the half and never managed to put the Falcons away until the final buzzer. The Raiders led the visitors 31-26 heading into the final frame.
Northcutt was effective in each half, getting 14 in the first 16 minutes and then adding 13 points after the half. Lincoln County struggled to keep him away from the rim. He scored nine of Moore County’s 11 points in the second quarter and tallied nine the fourth period as well.
Lincoln County stayed in the game thanks to an abundance for free throws chances. The Falcons went to the charity stripe 24 times, making 15.