LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — Moore County Middle School wasted little time transitioning between football and basketball season as the Raiders, along with the Raiderettes, hit the hardwood Monday night against Westwood in the season-opener for each team.
It also marked the debut for new MCMS coaches Darren James and Hailey Brazier.
At Moore County, the Raiders claimed a 38-28 victory over the Rockets, while the Raiderettes dropped a 30-16 decision to the Lady Rockets.
In the opener, Moore County’s girls had trouble making lay-ups and in transition defense. After trailing just 13-9 at halftime, the Raiderettes made just one field goal in the third quarter and fell behind 24-12. The visitors outscored the Raiderettes 6-4 in the final frame.
Westwood’s Morgan Jones and Ashley Starks scored 11 points apiece to lead all scorers.
Harlee Deaton and Kynleigh Fanning led Moore County with five points each, while Kelli Ray added four. Anna Smith and Hailee Trott scored one point apiece.
In the nightcap, the Raiders jumped out in front of the Raiders early and then withstood a charge early in the fourth quarter to hang on for the win.
Moore County led 12-2 at the end of the first quarter and held a 20-5 lead at the half before Westwood stormed back to pull within five points in the second half. But despite 11 missed free throws after intermission, including eight in the fourth period, Moore County hung on.
Evan McKenzie scored 14 points to pace the Raiders and Julius Dixon added 13. Stone Frost scored eight, Marcus Eady had two and Mason Pierce netted one.
Both the Raiders and Raiderettes will be back in action Thursday night at Community and again next Monday at Fayetteville City. The next home game is set for Oct. 23 against Middle Tennessee Christian School.