Fresh off their District 9A championship, the Moore County High School Raiderettes move on to Region 5A Tournament action this week as they host the White House Heritage Lady Patriots on Friday night at 7 p.m. in Moore County.
The game marks the first ever meeting for the two teams. So who are the Lady Patriot and what should Raiderette fans look for on Friday night?
The Lady Patriots (13-12, 8-6) finished fourth in District 10A with a 55-36 loss to Nashville Christian (14-15, 10-4) last Saturday in the District 10A Tournament consolation game.
A core of freshmen and sophomores lead the Lady Patriots. There aren’t many upperclassmen on the roster. Based on their youth alone, no one really expected them to do well this season but in the final two months of regular season play White House won six of nine games down the stretch – propelling them into the District 10A tournament with momentum.
They beat East Robertson (9-19, 6-8) in the first round to secure a spot in the Region 5A Tournament and lost to fifth ranked Houston County (26-4, 14-0) by a margin of 51-26 in the second round. The Lady Pats coaching staff had hoped to snag a win over Nashville Christian to secure home field advantage for the first Region 5A game. As it stands, White House will travel nearly 100 miles into hostile Moore County territory to try and upset the second-ranked Raiderettes if they are to continue their season.
The Raiderettes and the Lady Patriots tip off at 7 p.m. on Friday at Raider Arena. The winner will face either Houston County or Cascade (18-11, 7-8) in the second round.