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Raiders slip to No. 6 seed, will face City in tournament opener

Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 4:20 pm

Moore County’s Blydge Farrar (No. 12), Cole Boyce (No. 4) and Ryan Northcutt (No. 20) battle for a rebound during the Raiders’ 65-59 loss to Cornersville last Thursday night in Lynchburg. MCHS will play Fayetteville City in the 9-A tournament at 6 p.m. Saturday in Community. (Photo by Jeff Reed/ www.jeffreedphotography.com)

Moore County’s Blydge Farrar (No. 12), Cole Boyce (No. 4) and Ryan Northcutt (No. 20) battle for a rebound during the Raiders’ 65-59 loss to Cornersville last Thursday night in Lynchburg. MCHS will play Fayetteville City in the 9-A tournament at 6 p.m. Saturday in Community. (Photo by Jeff Reed/ www.jeffreedphotography.com)

The Moore County High School boys basketball team closed out its regular season with a 74-71 loss at Eagleville on Monday night. It marked the team’s sixth straight loss and dropped the Raiders to sixth in the final District 9-A regular-season standings as the conference tournament approaches.

As the No. 6 seed, Moore County will open 9-A tournament play at 6 p.m. on Saturday against No. 3 seed Fayetteville City.

After Community beat MTCS on Tuesday, those two teams finished with identical 10-2 district records. The two split their games in the regular season, but Middle Tennessee Christian School (23-3, 10-2) earned the No. 1 seed and the bye that goes along with it thanks to the tiebreaker.

Moore County’s late-season slide — the Raiders lost twice to Eagleville, a six-win team with only three district victories — forced MCHS to slip from the No. 5 seed to No. 6.

Had the Raiders been able to beat the Eagles — MCHS lost the two games by a combined five points — Moore County could have played Forrest (10-17, 6-6) in the tournament opener and avoided a first-round match-up with City (16-9, 9-3), which touts one of the league’s more potent teams.

But after starting the new year off with a win at Grundy County, the Raiders won just twice more and floundered down the stretch with a last-second loss to Lincoln County and the two narrow defeats at the hands of Eagleville.

That losing streak also includes last Thursday’s 65-59 loss at home to Cornersville on Senior Night.

Moore County’s starting rotation has been shaky as well, with seniors Cole Boyce and Dillon Davis both missing games during that stretch, as well as Doran Noble.

Now the Raiders have little to do but try and regroup for this weekend’s 9-A tournament, which will be contested at Community High School in Unionville. MTCS earns the first-round bye and an automatic trip to the region tournament.

No. 7 seed Huntland will face No. 2 seed Community; MCHS will play Fayetteville; and No. 5 seed Eagleville will square off against No. 4 seed Forrest.

Forrest and Eagleville tip off at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, followed by Moore County vs. Fayetteville. No. 2 seed Community (17-9, 10-2) will face Huntland in Saturday’s nightcap. The winners will each earn a berth in the regional and will return to Community on Tuesday for the District 9-A semifinals.

The boys district championship is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m., following the boys consolation game.

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