The Moore County High School basketball teams trailed their counterparts from Fayetteville City early in each game, but the Raiders and Raiderettes roared away from their guests to post convincing district wins.
The Raiderettes took a 58-32 win and the Raiders made it a sweep with a 62-47 victory.
In the Raiderettes’ win, Moore County trailed 13-10 after the first period. But the Raiderettes’ trapping defense produced a passel of turnovers, some of which were converted into points on the other end.
The Raiderettes took control in the second quarter, building a modest lead. But the defensive pressure took its toll and Moore County warmed up on offense. Charlotte Ray’s 3-pointer with 2:12 to go in the second quarter pushed the lead to double-digits, at 26-14, for the first time. Moore County outscored the visitors 20-4 in the second period to build a 30-17 halftime lead.
In the second half, it was more of the same. Carolyna Driver’s bucket from the baseline pushed the lead to 16 for the first time at 34-18 with 5:15 left in the quarter. Erica Clifton’s two 3-pointers capped a 10-1 run to increase the margin to 40-18 as the Raiderettes took a 42-22 lead after three quarters.
Olivia Richards scored consistently throughout the game, but she dominated in the second half, scoring 17 of her game-high 27 after halftime. She scored 13 of Moore County’s 16 points in the final period, the other three points coming on a Maecy Fletcher 3-pointer to close the Raiderettes’ scoring.
After Richards’ 27, Clifton had 11 points, hitting three 3-pointers. Fletcher scored five, Driver and Chloe Brazier four each, Ray three and Regan Corder and Madison Floyd two each.
In the nightcap, Moore County’s boys used their trapping zone defense to good effect in knocking off the Tigers.
The two teams matched baskets early, and Fayetteville led 14-13 after a quarter. But Brayden Cashion hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Raiders a 21-18 lead midway through the second quarter and the home team never gave it back. Will Harder scored consecutive baskets to push the margin to 25-20 and Riley Holman’s 3 off a feed from Colton Bateman gave the Raiders their halftime margin of 30-24.
The Raiders took a 12-point lead early in the third quarter as Dylan Scruggs hot a trey and a two-point bucket. But Fayetteville cut the margin to 37-31 by the end of the period.
Holman knocked in a triple to start the fourth-quarter scoring. Ben Fletcher hit a big 3-pointer to keep the Raiders ahead and Andrew Copeland’s steal and layup pushed the lead to 47-40 with 3:17 to play.
Fayetteville City decided to foul to prolong the game and try to catch up by trading 3s for 2s or 1s, but the Raiders converted 15 free-throws in the quarter to salt the game away. Copeland scored six of his 10 points in the fourth quarter from the free-throw line.
Copeland finished with 14 points. Cashion scored 11 and Scruggs and Blake Woolsey scored nine each. Holman had eight, Fletcher seven and Harder four.
Cascade comes to Lynchburg on Friday as the season hits the home stretch.