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Raiderettes win Region 5A Championship; beat MTCS 54-39

Posted on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Cross Plains, Tenn. — The #2 ranked Moore County High School Raiderettes (32-3, 14-0) faced off with another District 9A team, the Middle Tennessee Christian School (MTCS) Lady Cougars (19-11, 7-7), in the Region 5A championship game Wednesday night at East Robertson High School. It was the fourth time these two teams have played this season including a match up for the District 9A title.

A confident MTCS Lady Cougar team jumped out to a 5-7 lead early in the first period. At the four minute mark, Miss Basketball finalist Rachel Garland swished a long three to pull the Raiderettes ahead by one point. The Raiderettes held onto the lead and finished the first period 10-9.

In the second period, Moore County slowly mounted a comfortable lead. With two fouls each, two starters — Erica Limbaugh and Rachel Garland — had a seat and freshman Savannah Williams and and Mikayla Ray stepped in. At the half, it’ was MCHS 24, MTCS 15.

Over the course of the third period, the Raiderettes finally gained the momentum, scoring 16 while holding the Lady Cougars to just 12. At the end of three, it was Moore County 40, MTCS 27. The Raiderettes continued to pull away down the stretch. The final score was 54-39.

Rachel Garland led with 17 points followed by Sarah Raby with 12. Other contributing Raiderettes were Erin Thomas and Erica Limbaugh (7 each), Savannah Williams (6), and Kelsey Camp (5).

Garland, Raby and Williams were named to the All Region 5A Tournament Team.

The Raiderettes will play Summertown in the sub-state game at Motlow College on Saturday at 7 p.m.