You have to go all the way back to Nov. 27 to see when the last time the Moore County High School girls and boys basketball teams won a District 9-A contest on the same night. The season was young, still full of question marks.
Both the MCHS boys and girls were 1-3 when they faced Community on Nov. 27. The Raiderettes narrowly escaped with a two-point win, but that victory ignited a 15-game winning streak.
The Raiders beat Community by five that night, but have since wondered in mediocrity, failing to win close games, while slipping from the conference title chase.
On Tuesday night, both the Raiders and Raiderettes were able to celebrate a district win together as they turned back visiting Fayetteville City.
For the Raiderettes, a quick start — including an 18-2 first quarter — helped overcome a lull midway through the contest. The Moore County girls picked up the pace in the second half, outscoring the Lady Tigers 28-15 in the second half to claim a convincing 58-35 win.
Erin Thomas hit five 3-pointers and led the Raiderettes with 21 points. Savannah Williams added 11, while Sarah Raby and Makayla Ray netted eight points each. Abby Grogan scored four; and Erica Limbaugh and Kelsey Camp tallied three each.
Paeshence Thompson scored 12 to lead Fayetteville.
The Moore County boys had to work a little harder for their victory.
After trailing the Tigers for much of the first half, the Raiders roared to life in the second half and then held on for a 52-47 win.
Moore County took a one-point lead after back-to-back baskets by Dillon Davis at the 3:52 mark of the third quarter. City answered and retook the lead, but baskets by Blydge Farrar and Davis put the Raiders back in front.
Moore County held a one-point lead, 41-40, with time winding down in the third period when Davis stole the ball near mid-court to prevent a Tigers’ shot and preserve the lead heading into the final frame.
Davis scored in the paint to put Moore County ahead 43-42 with 7:22 left in the game. With 5:55 remaining, the Raiders enjoyed a three-points advantage, 45-42, on a lay-in by Ben Harvey, who finished the game with 18 points on 7of-16 shooting.
A 3-pointer by J.P. Robinson put MCHS ahead 48-43 — their biggest lead of the night — with five minutes remaining. Harvey then blocked Fayetteville’s Aaron Parks as the Raiders got a big defensive stop.
The lead was four points with 3:30 left and the Tigers scored at the 2:59 mark to trim the lead to two points.
Moore County then chewed up 60 seconds of clock before a blocked shot sent City the other way. After regaining possession, Moore County continued to use clock and with 31.7 left, Harvey sank both ends of a one-and-one to put the Raiders ahead 51-47.
Davis rebounded a missed Tigers’ 3-pointer and walked to the other end, making one free throw to seal the victory.
Harvey’s 18 led all scorers. Dalton Barrier added 10 and Davis had nine. Robinson and Cole Boyce scored five each; James Dougherty added three; and Farrar had two.