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Three-point barrage lifts Moore County over Cascade

Posted on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at 12:37 pm

Moore County’s Kursten Hawkins (left) runs into traffic during the Raiderettes’ game against Cascade on Saturday. Hawkins scored 27 points as MCHS won 71-56. (MCN Photo by Robert Holman)

Moore County’s Kursten Hawkins (left) runs into traffic during the Raiderettes’ game against Cascade on Saturday. Hawkins scored 27 points as MCHS won 71-56. (MCN Photo by Robert Holman)

LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — Just four days after opening the season with a 22-point win on the road at Richland, the Moore County High School girls basketball team opened up its home slate with an early morning tip against Cascade.

The Raiderettes won a three-point shootout to defeat the Lady Champions 71-56 on Saturday morning. Using a barrage of 13 three-pointers, including eight in the first half, Moore County (2-0)  held off a Cascade team that scored just enough in spurts to keep the game interesting.

In fact, it was Cascade’s ability to knock down the trey — the Lady Champs had nine of their own — that kept the game somewhat close. Each team had four players to sink at least one three-pointer as the two squads combined for 22 long balls.

Katie Thomas and Kursten Hawkins hit five each for Moore County, while teammates Kinsley Logan and Mika Rainey added two and one each, respectively.

Hawkins and Thomas heated up early with Hawkins hitting three and Thomas two in the first period alone. That allowed Moore County to stay just in front of the hot-shooting Lady Champions, who buried five three-pointers themselves in the opening period, which MCHS won 23-19.

It was the Raiderettes defense, however, that helped them pull away before the half. Moore County only allowed one field goal — a bucket to Shaina Schneider — in the second period while building a 41-24 advantage.

Both teams continued a steady scoring pace in the third period, and behind Bailey Suddeth’s 10-point quarter, Cascade chipped into the lead. After Moore County pushed the lead out to 21 points, the Champions whittled it back down to 10.

But Moore County’s rain of threes kept coming and the visitors couldn’t keep pace. En route to a game-high 27-point day, Hawkins scored nine in the third quarter to keep pace with Suddeth. Thomas added another pair of treys in the third period.

The Raiderettes managed to make 10-of-14 free throws in the second half as well.

Hawkins led all scorers, while Thomas added 15 points and Logan had 13. Chrissy Lockhart scored 10; Rainey had four and Grace Cauble two.

Suddeth paced Cascade with 16; Schneider added 13.

Moore County has a busy week as the Raiderettes were scheduled to play at Franklin County on Tuesday. Results were not available at press time.

MCHS plays in the Richard Hardy Memorial High School Classic beginning Wednesday in South Pittsburg. The Raiderettes were slated to play Woodville on Wednesday, and then take Thanksgiving off before they head back east.

On Friday, Moore County plays North Jackson at noon and the Raiderettes will face Richard Hardy at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

The team’s next home game isn’t until Dec. 8, when Fayetteville City visits Lynchburg for a 6 p.m. tip.

—By ROBERT HOLMAN, Publisher (mcmpub@lcs.net)

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