The Moore County Middle School boys basketball team rallied to turn back a pesky Community team last Wednesday night and advanced to the semifinals of the Duck River Valley Conference (DRVC) Tournament, but once there, the Raiders ran into a bit of trouble.
Moore County lost an 11-point lead in the fourth period of their semifinal contest against Middle Tennessee Christian School and lost 45-39 to the Cougars on Thursday. The Raiders then fell in the consolation game 45-32 to Fayetteville on Saturday.
The back-to-back losses ended the season for the Raiders (15-6), putting a sour finish on an otherwise stellar season. MCMS finishes the year with a third place in the final conference regular season standings and fourth place in the DRVC Tournament.
Host Cascade Middle School, the No. 1 seed, beat Middle Tennessee Christian in the tourney finale to back up its regular season crown.
Moore County 8th-graders Andrew Copeland, Brayden Cashion and Dylan Scruggs were named to the DRVC All-Conference team, while Copeland and Scruggs also earned All-Tournament honors.
The Raiders’ 45-39 loss to MTCS came just a week after Moore County topped the Cougars in Murfreesboro to claim the No. 3 seed in the tournament. The loss also came after Moore County had built an 11-point lead heading into the fourth period of the pivotal semifinal contest.
Moore County led 18-9 at the half. After baskets by Copeland and Scruggs, and a 3-pointer by Riley Holman, the Raiders appeared on their way to the DRVC championship game.
But the wheels fell off in the fourth period. The Raiders struggled with MTCS pressure, which forced a handful of Moore County turnovers. And MCMS had trouble on the glass, where Middle Tennessee Christian dominated to gain second-chance — and sometimes third — opportunities.
A pair of treys ignited the Cougars, who went on to outscore Moore County 23-6 over the final six minutes.
Scruggs led MCMS with a dozen points. Copeland and Cashion added six each and Holman finished with five. Noah Blankenship chipped in four; Tyler Smith had three, Jason Fanning two and Will Harder one.
Fayetteville 45, MCMS 32
Dylan Scruggs was 7-of-10 from the free-throw line and scored nine points to lead Moore County in Saturday’s consolation game of the DRVC Tournament. Tyler Smith and Brayden Cashion scored seven points each, while Copeland had eight points.
Noah Blankenship scored four points, while Jason Fanning had two and Riley Holman scored one.
MCMS 33, Community 32
After trailing throughout the contest, Moore County rallied in the fourth period to claim a one-point win and advance to the DRVC semifinals.
Andrew Copeland scored 13 points and Dylan Scruggs added 10. Brayden Cashion and Tyler Smith netted four each and Noah Blankenship had two.
The Raiders trailed 20-16 at the half.