After falling 65-53 in the Nov. 13 season-opener at Richland, the Moore County High School boys basketball team bounced back with a convincing 47-30 victory over Summertown on Friday night.
The contest marked the second and final Hall-of-Fame game for the Raiders, as well as the team’s home opener.
After allowing the visiting Eagles to hang around in the first quarter, the host Raiders (1-1) pulled away down the stretch. Moore County turned an 18-15 halftime lead into a 32-24 advantage by the end of the third quarter. Midway through the final frame, the Raiders built a 21-point lead and coasted to their first victory of the young season.
“It was a good win for us as far as the morale for the kids … getting our season started in the right direction as far as winning at home,” said head coach Lavon King. “In the last few years, Summertown has walloped us pretty good. I don’t think we’ve beaten them since 2008.”
With a tight game in the first half, the Raiders were keyed by an impressive defensive effort over the final 16 minutes. Moore County held Summertown (1-3) to just three field goals in the second half and made it difficult for the Eagles to get any scoring in the low post, where they had a notable size advantage.
“Defensively, we played really well,” added King. “Just giving up 30 points was really good. I think the school record is 27. Our defense is something we needed to improve on from the past.
“We really tried to press a lot more … just get in an up-and-down game so they wouldn’t have the opportunity to get it in the post. We tried to play behind the post, and anytime they got it inside we wanted to make sure there were two or three people around him.”
The Raiders had a balanced offensive attack as nine players scratched the scoring column, led by Ben Harvey’s 12 points. J.P. Robinson added nine and Doran Noble had seven. Chris Nix finished with six and Dillon Davis had five. Dalton Barrier netted three; Dylan Smith and Blydge Farrar chipped in two apiece; and James Dougherty scored one. Davis, Harvey and Nobel hauled in six rebounds each for the winners.
Luke Scott scored seven points to pace the Eagles.
The Raiders will be back in action Saturday in the Lebanon Thanksgiving Classic. Moore County will face Watertown at 5:30 p.m.
King said he wants to use Saturday’s game simply to prepare for next week’s district opener against Community.
“(Watertown) has seven seniors and they had a pretty good season last year,” said King. “Basically we’re just trying to get better and prepare for our district opener on Tuesday. We’re trying to get ready for Community and get our football players’ legs under them (because) it’s really two different types of conditioning.”
By ROBERT HOLMAN, Sports Editor (firstname.lastname@example.org)