LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — The Moore County High School boys and girls basketball teams jump back into District 9-A competition this week with a game against Huntland on Tuesday.
The Raiders and Raiderettes will then step outside conference play on Friday and Saturday. They will host Central Magnate on Friday night for the school’s annual Winterfest. Winterfest activities begin at 5 p.m. with the crowning of the princess. The crowning of the queen will follow and the Raiderettes will hit the floor at 6 p.m.
On Saturday evening Moore County travels to Tullahoma for another 6 p.m. contest.
Moore County’s girls and boys are coming out of the Christmas break heading in opposite directions. Both teams competed in the South Pittsburg Christmas Classic over the break, with the Raiderettes winning three games while running their record to 12-3 overall. They were 2-2 against district opponents heading into Tuesday’s game at Huntland.
After a win over host South Pittsburg on Dec. 28, the MCHS girls topped Grundy County 69-48 on Dec. 29 and beat North Sand Mountain 66-40 on Dec. 30.
The Raiders, meanwhile, lost all three games at South Pittsburg, running their losing streak to 11 games and falling to 3-13 on the season. The Raiders haven’t won since a 63-54 victory over Whitwell back on Nov. 25, a span of six weeks as they went winless in the month of December.
And the road doesn’t get any easier for either team in the second half of the season. The Raiders have played a number of opponents close this season, but have struggled to put together four solid quarters in one game.
The result has been an offense void of consistency, with stretches of turnovers and costly dry spells that have turned close contests into double-digit losses. Along with a difficult conference slate still ahead, which includes another game against Huntland as well as Middle Tennessee Christian, Cascade, which is ranked No. 3 in this week’s Class 2A state poll, looms at the end of the year.
The Raiders’ best bet to end their skid could come on Saturday when they travel to winless Tullahoma.
At 12-3, the Raiderettes are primed for a solid finish, but their 2-2 record in District 9-A play is telling of a difficult conference race yet to come. Two games against Forrest still remain, along with rematches with Middle Tennessee Christian School — a team Moore County slipped by in overtime — Community and Eagleville.
All three were ranked in the top 10 of the latest Associated Press Class A state poll, with Community (12-1) ranked fifth; MTCS (11-2) ranked sixth; and Eagleville (11-2) ranked No. 10. A non-conference game on the road against Lawrence County (14-2) will be a tall task as well.
—By Robert Holman, MCN Publisher (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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