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Third-ranked Hornets slip by Raiders

Posted on Thursday, January 7, 2016 at 3:00 pm

MCHS senior Montana Driver (middle) puts up a shot against Huntland on Tuesday night. (Photo by Jeff Reed)

MCHS senior Montana Driver (middle) puts up a shot against Huntland on Tuesday night. (Photo by Jeff Reed)

HUNTLAND, Tenn. — Entering Tuesday night’s game against Moore County, the Huntland Hornets were ranked as the third best team in Class A basketball.

Moore County’s boys, losers of 11 straight entering the game tested the Hornets’ limits before eventually falling 62-56.

Huntland (15-2) looked like one of the best in Class A in the first quarter, racing out to a 19-8 lead, but Moore County slammed the Huntland brakes with a 6-0 run.

From that point on, it was a dogfight. The period ended with the Hornets leading 19-14. The teams then traded points in the second quarter and the Hornets led 34-29 at the half.

The Raiders (3-14) staged a second half comeback by outscoring Huntland 17-11 in the third period. Moore County’ freshman Julius Dixon gave the Raiders their only lead of the game at 46-45 with a buzzer-beater at the end of the quarter.

With 1:25 to go in the game, Huntland junior D.J. Taylor gave the Hornets a 56-51 lead. Later, Moore County senior Montana Driver brought the Raiders to within two points, 56-54, thanks to a three-point play with 1:06 left in the contest.

District 9-A player of the year candidate Kobe Foster answered the call for the Hornets, however, with a downtown trey. Huntland senior Tyler Smith then put the finishing touches on the contest with a rebound and layup as Huntland escaped the upset.

Foster and Taylor shared scoring honors with 20 points apiece. Tyler had 10. Hunter Bradley chipped in 7.

Moore County hosts Central Magnate on Friday night for Winterfest and will travel to Tullahoma on Saturday night. Winterfest activities begin at 5 p.m. on Friday. The girls game will tip off at 6 p.m.

—By Ron Hill, Herald-Chronicle Sports Writer

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