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Turnovers plague Raiders in Richard Hardy Classic

Posted on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 2:58 pm

Moore County’s Clay Burnett (No. 2) drives the baseline against North Jackson (Ala.) during their game in the Richard Hardy Classic in South Pittsburg on Friday afternoon. The Raiders won one game and lost two during the Thanksgiving tourney. (MCN Photo by Robert Holman)

Moore County’s Clay Burnett (No. 2) drives the baseline against North Jackson (Ala.) during their game in the Richard Hardy Classic in South Pittsburg on Friday afternoon. The Raiders won one game and lost two during the Thanksgiving tourney. (MCN Photo by Robert Holman)

Sixty-two turnovers combined over the final two games of the Richard Hardy Memorial School Classic kept the Moore County High School boys basketball team from building on a 63-54 victory over Whitwell on the opening day of the Thanksgiving classic in South Pittsburg last week.

The Raiders (3-4) beat Whitwell last Wednesday, before dropping back-to-back games against North Jackson (Ala.) and Richard Hardy on Friday and Saturday. Moore County committed 33 turnovers in the loss to North Jackson on Friday afternoon and another 29 in the loss to Richard Hardy on Saturday afternoon.

MCHS also lost at Franklin County on Tuesday last week.

The Raiders were slated to play at Cascade on Tuesday, Dec. 1 and will travel to Murfreesboro to face Middle Tennessee Christian School on Friday, Dec. 4. The team’s first home game is Tuesday, Dec. 8 against District 9-A foe Fayetteville City.

Richard Hardy 68, Moore County 50

The Hawks, the host team in the Richard Hardy Memorial School Classic, built an 18-10 lead in the first period and then held Moore County to just five points in the second quarter en route to a 36-15 lead at intermission.

The Raiders, who were led by Montana Driver’s 16 points, scored 20 in the fourth period, but it was too little too late. Twelve of Driver’s 16 came in the second half.

Will Slatten added nine points, while Jay Layman chipped in seven and Julius Dixon six. Four points from Stone Frost and two each from Clay Burnett, Danny Diaz, Pacey Warren and Spencer Reese completed the scoring for MCHS.

Richard Hardy had four players in double figures.

North Jackson 86, Moore County 55

The Raiders struggled to keep pace with the Chiefs (4-1) from the tipoff. North Jackson, from nearby Stevenson, Ala., forced MCHS into 33 turnovers — 20 in the first half. North Jackson, which won all three of its games in the Thanksgiving Classic, raced out to a 27-6 lead by the end of the first period.

Moore County never caught up as the Chiefs built a 48-23 halftime lead.

Slatten scored a dozen points to lead Moore County. Layman added 11, all after halftime, and Burnett scored seven. Dixon had six, while Driver and Andy Huffer scored five each. Frost scored four; Diaz and Warren had two apiece.

Moore County 63, Whitwell 54

Behind a career-high 22-point effort from senior Will Slatten and a career-high 14 from freshman Julius Dixon, the Raiders clicked off their third win of the season, topping Whitwell by nine on Wednesday afternoon in the opener of the Richard Hardy Memorial Thanksgiving Classic.

Laymon added 10 and Burnett nine. The Raiders got six points from Driver and two from Reese.

MCHS led 34-30 at the half.

Franklin County 64, Moore County 43

Malik Braston came off the bench to sink a trio of three-pointers, scoring 17 points to lead the Rebels to the win in Winchester on Tuesday, Nov. 24.

Andy Huffer sank three treys for Moore County and scored 13 points. Slatten scored eight, with Dixon netting six and Reese five. Burnett finished with four, followed by two each by Frost, Driver and Layman, and one point for Nate Love.

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