LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — The Moore County High School boys basketball team lost its seventh straight game on Thursday night as the Raiders fell at home to Franklin County.
Tuesday’s loss comes on the heels of home losses to Eagleville and Fayetteville City last week. Combined with a Dec. 4 loss at Middle Tennessee Christian School, the losses put the Raiders in an 0-3 hole to start district play. Tuesday game against Franklin County was a non-conference affair.
The Raiders will travel to Community on Friday night.
Following Friday’s game at Community, MCHS will have a 10-day break and then travel to South Pittsburg for a three-day tournament after Christmas. The Raiders will join the Raiderettes there to play Dec. 28-30.
After the holiday break, Moore County will jump back into District 9-A play with a Jan. 5 game on the road at district front runner Huntland.
Franklin County 46, MCHS 35
The Franklin County Rebels snapped a two- game losing streak Tuesday night in Lynchburg as they downed the Moore County Raiders 46-35.
The visiting Rebels took control early and raced to a 31-13 halftime lead.
In the third period, Moore County got things going, thanks to Julius Dixon, who led the Raiders with a team-high 10 points. He hit two free-throws and a turn-around jumper to spark a short-lived MCHS rally.
But Lester hit two layups to freeze the Moore County run.
With 2:50 remaining in the period, Lester hit from behind the arc, and the Rebel lead was doubled at 38-19. The quarter would close with the Rebels leading 40-23.
Eagleville 67, MCHS 46
In a game that was actually closer than the score indicates — the Raiders trailed by only five points at the half — the visiting Eagles dominated play in the second half to claim the district win in Lynchburg.
Moore County managed just three field goals in the third period as Eagleville outscored the hosts 20-7 to build an 18-point cushion.
Will Slatten’s 10-points paced Moore County. Freshman Julius Dixon added eight. Four players — Danny Diaz, Montana Driver, Jay Layman and Andy Huffer — finished with six points each. Spencer Reese added three and Nate Love scored one. Diaz and Huffer had two three-pointers each.
Fayetteville 71, MCHS 52
District 9-A player of the year candidate Nick Hopkins, a Belmont signee, poured in 28 points, scoring at will and scattering buckets evenly throughout the game to lead the Tigers to victory. Hopkins had nine points in the first quarter as City built a 20-6 lead and added 10 in the third quarter when the visitors outscored the Raiders 25-9 to open the second half.
Moore County outscored Fayetteville 21-12 in the second quarter, making a run midway through the period to close the gap to just five points, 32-27, at halftime. But Hopkins and teammate Isaiah Watkins combined for 16 points as the third period began, allowing the visitors to build a comfortable lead.
Montana Driver and Jay Layman led Moore County with 17 points each, while Will Slatten added seven. Julius Dixon finished with six; Andy Huffer had three; and Clay Burnett netted two.
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