Eighth-grader Katie Thomas scored 16 points and the Moore County Raiderettes pulled away from visiting Richland in the fourth quarter for a 51-40 win on Tuesday night. Moore County was 10-of-12 from the free throw line in the fourth period to widen the margin in what was a close game.
Moore County trailed 15-11 at the end of one and was down 24-23 at the half.
The Raiderettes dominated play in the third quarter, however, thanks in part to a defensive effort that allowed only four points by Richland. MCHS — playing with five 8th-graders and three freshmen on the roster — began to gain confidence.
“It was fun. I loved every minute of it,” said 8th-grader Kinsley Logan, who was charged with point guard duties. “I was nervous at first … I was more excited than nervous. But as soon as the ball went up in the air, the nerves went away.”
By the end of the third, the home-standing Raiderettes held a 33-28 lead. That advantage grew over the final 8 minutes due to Moore County’s defensive pressure and work at the free throw line.
Thomas had three 3-pointers in the game — two in the opening period — and led all scorers. Junior Savannah Williams added 10 and Sloan Mann, another 8th-grader, netted eight.
Whitney Lemmon, one of only two seniors on the squad had six, as did junior Makayla Ray. Kinsley Logan, an 8th-grader, finished with four points and Mika Rainey, a freshman, had one.
Shannon Higgins led Richland with 15.
Richland 53, Moore County 40
After both teams struggled to find the range in the first period, Richland finally got untracked and outscored Moore County 15-6 in the second period. The guests never gave up the lead as they knocked down five 3-pointers in the game to stay just in front of the Raiders.
Richland’s Donnie Gavin scored 16 points and teammate Jabob Farmer added 14.
Nine Moore County players scored, led by an eight-point effort from senior Chris Nix. Blydge Farrar chipped in seven, while Ryan Northcutt had six and Jay Laymon had five.
Will Slatten, James Dougherty, Doran Noble and Jordan Barrier scored three points each and Lee Huffer tallied two.
Moore County is scheduled to play at Dekalb County on Saturday. Tip-off for the girls game is 6 p.m. The boys will follow at approximately 7:30 p.m.
The next home game is Nov. 26 against Grundy County.
—Robert Holman, Moore County News Editor & Publisher