EAGLEVILLE, Tenn. – Rutherford County teams Middle Tennessee Christian School and host Eagleville are done, as is Forrest.
Moore County, Huntland, Community and top-seeded Fayetteville are still alive in the District 9-A boys basketball tournament.
The Raiders, the tournament’s No. 3 seed, topped Forrest by 18 points on Tuesday night, winning 51-33 to advance to Friday’s tournament semifinals and earn an automatic berth to the Region 5-A tourney. Huntland defeated host Eagleville 64-44 for their seventh straight win since losing to Moore County 62-60 back on Jan. 16. The Hornets, who are still playing in their home white uniforms since their bus was burglarized and their road uniforms and sneakers were stolen in Manchester earlier this month.
Community, meanwhile, pulled the tournament’s biggest shocker with a 51-42 overtime victory over No. 2 seed MTCS. The Vikings held the Cougars scoreless in the extra period. Prior to the win, the Vikings were just 2-22 and had gone 0-12 in the regular season in district play.
Moore County will face seventh-seeded Community at 7:30 p.m. Friday, while Fayetteville City (22-3) will face Huntland (17-9) in the first game of the night at 6 p.m. The winners will square off on Tuesday, Feb. 17 in the tournament championship game and will also earn the right to host a first-round game in the region tournament. The losers will play in Tuesday’s third-place game and subsequently must go on the road in their region opener.
Moore County’s boys notched their 16th win of the season – two more wins than the last two seasons combined. They improved to 16-13 and will advance to a region tournament for the first time since the 2007-08 season, the same year the Raiders advanced all the way to the semifinals of the TSSAA Class A State Tournament.
The Raiders started Tuesday’s game against Forrest a little slow. Five missed shots from close range early in the first period allowed Forrest to stay close. Ryan Northcutt knocked down a three-pointer to give MCHS 7-4 lead and a little breathing room.
Moore County led 19-13 at halftime and slowly began to stretch its lead in the third quarter. The Raiders outscored the Rockets 14-10 in the third while getting points from six different players. Blydge Farrar scored six in the fourth period as MCHS outscored Forrest 18-10, despite making just 4-of-9 attempts from the free throw line.
Northcutt finished with 15 points to lead Moore County, while Farrar and Doran Noble added eight each. Will Slatten tallied seven points and James Dougherty chipped in five. Jay Layman and Jordan Barrier netted four points apiece.
Will Edmonson and Blake Leonard scored 10 each to pace Forrest.
–By ROBERT HOLMAN, Editor & Publisher (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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