LYNCHBURG – The Moore County High School girls and boys basketball teams celebrated both Winterfest and Senior Night on Feb. 5 as they welcomed Grundy County to Lynchburg.
While the Yellow Jackets and Lady Jackets were welcomed to MCHS, it was anything but cozy. Both the Raiderettes and the Raiders made off with victories, with the Raiderettes winning the evening’s opener 69-48 to sweep the Lady Jackets for the season.
The win marked the last regular-season home game for MCHS and was the third straight for the Moore County girls, who defeated Eagleville 57-44 on Feb. 3.
In between the girls and boys games, Moore County’s seniors were honored. Savannah Williams, whose season was cut short due to an injury, and Makayla Ray were both honored, as were Moore County boys basketball players Jordan Barrier, James Dougherty, Blydge Farrar, Doran Noble and Ryan Northcutt. Team managers Molly Harper and Brooklyne and cheerleader Carrier Partin were honored as well.
In the boys game, the Raiders topped Grundy 66-54 for their 15th win of the season, more than doubling their win total (14) over the last two years combined. Moore County’s boys caught fire after Christmas, winning eight of 11 games down the stretch to close out the season.
The Raiders (15-13 overall, 7-5 District 9-A) lost to Eagleville 55-48 on Feb. 3 and finished third in the final regular season district standings behind Fayetteville and Middle Tennessee Christian School.
The Raiders were scheduled to face Forrest in Tuesday’s District 9-A Tournament quarterfinal game. They needed a win to advance to the semis and gain a berth in the Region 5-A Tournament. Tuesday’s game was just tipping off at press time.
A win for No. 3 seed Moore County over No. 6 seed Forrest would put the Raiders into a semifinal match-up with the winner of No. 2 Middle Tennessee Christian and No. 7 Community at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. A loss would end the Raiders’ season.