By Robert Holman, MCN Correspondent
The Moore County High School boys’ basketball team finally made it to .500. Thanks to three straight victories last week, the Raiders entered Tuesday’s game against visiting Cornersville with a 10-10 overall record and a 6-3 mark in District 8-A play. Tuesday’s game — which was still in progress at press time — marked the Raiders’ final regular season home game. MCHS
travels to Lincoln County High School to take on the Falcons on Thursday in the last regular season game, with the boys contest set for a 7:15 p.m. start.
Moore County entered play last week with a 7-10 record before topping district foes Huntland and Cascade and non-district
opponent Whitwell. The Raiders beat Huntland 71-62, outlasted district-leading Cascade 55-51 and thumped outmanned
Whitwell 62-20, giving the Moore County boys team its first three-game win streak since 2015 when the Raiders beat Grundy County (on Feb. 5), Forrest (on Feb. 10) and Community (on Feb. 13). The 10 victories give MCHS just its fourth 10-win season in the last 11 years as the current squad works to erase a decade of futility. MCHS leading scorer Brayden Cashion led the way in victories over Cascade and Whitwell, while departing freshman Dawson White paced the Raiders against Huntland.
Moore County closed out the week with an easy victory over visiting Whitwell on Saturday. Cashion sank six threepointers on the way to a game-high 18 points, while freshman Keller Morey came off the bench to add a season’s-best 12 as the Raiders routed the visiting Tigers. Moore County led 27-10 at halftime and then held Whitwell scoreless in the third period to build a 48-10 lead heading into the final frame. As with the team’s lopsided win at Whitwell on Dec. 30, the Moore County
starters didn’t play in the fourth period.
Cashion had five treys in the first half and added a sixth early in the third period. Nine of the 11 MCHS players scored with the bench doing much of the work. Will Harder added nine points and Will Baker tallied eight. Brothers Andrew and Alex Copeland chipped in four points each, while Dylan Scruggs had three. Colton Bateman and Wes Clifton netted two apiece to complete Moore County’s scoring.
Moore County 55, Cascade 51
At Wartrace on Friday, Moore County raced out to a big lead in the first half and then held off a second-half Cascade rally to hand the Champions their first district loss of the season. Cashion sank four three-pointers in the first half and Andrew Copeland added 10 first-half points to help the Raiders build a 14-point lead. MCHS held a 19-8 advantage at the end of the first period and took a 30-18 lead into intermission. The hosts made a defensive change in the second half, using a 1-3-1 zone to cause the Raiders trouble. With Moore County managing just five points in the third period, Cascade trimmed the lead to two points, 35-33, heading into the fourth period.
With Cascade threatening to surge ahead, Will Harder sank a three-pointer to help the Raiders hang onto the momentum. Copeland added five points in the fourth period and then Cashion made 10-of-12 free throws to close out the win. Behind Cashion’s 24 points, Copeland added 15 and Bateman had seven. Harder finished with six, while Morey netted three points and Riley Holman chipped in with a team-high seven rebounds. MCHS shot 72 percent from the free throw line, making 18-of-25 shots.
Moore County 71, Huntland 62 The Raiders started the week with a nine-point victory over rival Huntland on Tuesday, Feb. 2. At Huntland High School, Moore County freshman Dawson White, playing in his final game of the season before shoulder surgery, poured in a career-high 22 points to lead MCHS. Riley Holman scored 10 points in the first half and White scored nine as the Raiders eased
out to a 37-33 halftime lead.
The third period was all Moore County as the Raiders outscored the hosts 17-6. White had seven points, Holman added four and Colton Bateman hit a three-pointer, helping Moore County pull ahead 54-39. Despite a 23-point fourth quarter by the Hornets, Moore County controlled the rest of the game to complete a regular season sweep over their rivals. Along with White’s 22 points, Holman knocked down three three-pointers and finished with 18 points, while Will Harder finished with 11. Brayden Cashion chipped in nine and Bateman and Andrew Copeland added five points each. Dylan Scruggs wrapped up Moore County’s scoring with one point.