Raiderettes stung by Lady Hornets in district opener on Tuesday

Freshman Ellie Graham led for the Raiderettes on Tuesday with 13 points. (PHOTO CREDIT: Jeff Reed Photography)

LOCAL SPORTS | Huntland — Mounting turnovers, settling for the outside, and a lopsided foul count all led to an loss on Tuesday in Franklin County for the Raiderettes. The MCHS girls dropped their opening District 9 game against Huntland by a final score of 51-38. Two freshmen, Ellie Graham and Katy Fletcher, combined for nearly half of the Raiderette’s total points.

Tied first period, sluggish second period

The Raiderettes and Lady Hornets paced the first period in the back and forth you’d expect in a rivalry game. Huntland got on the board first with a three points shot from the tip off. Then Moore County’s Katy Fletcher answered with a trey of her own. On their next possession, Huntland again swished from the three point stripe. Then Ellie Graham answered with a bucket to pull the Raiderettes within one. Graham fought again several plays later on the inside for a basket that gave Moore County their first lead of the game. With seconds remaining, a Huntland player drew a foul sending her to the charity strip. She made one of two to tie the game at 15-15.

The Raiderettes struggled offensively in the second period — putting up just eight total points. One bright spot was Katy Fletcher’s basket at the buzzer to pull Moore County with in six. At the half, the score was Moore County 23, Huntland 29.

Raiderettes fizzle down the stretch

The offensive woes continues in the third period as Moore County put up just eight total points while the Lady Hornets managed 12. Maecy Fletcher got the Raiderettes within three points with a bucket from the charity stripe mid way through the period. At the final buzzer, Huntland Bailey Morris hit a trey to give the Lady Hornets a nine point lead. The third period ended with Moore County 31, Huntland 40.

The Raiderettes battled back in the first couple of minutes of the fourth period with points by Ellie Graham, Olivia Richards, and Maecy Fletcher. Fletcher crashed the boards for an inside layup around the three minutes mark to pull Moore County within six, 44-38, but that basket proved to be the final points of the game for the Raiderettes. Huntland scored six unanswered in the final two minutes to seal the win.

A couple of freshmen Ellie Graham and Katy Fletcher led for the Raiderettes. Graham scored 13 and Fletcher followed with nine. Maecy Fletcher added five points. Olivia Richards and Chloe Brazier managed four points each and Erica Clifton added a three point shot. Jocy May and Ashtyn Darnley led for the Lady Hornets with 14 each.

The Raiderettes will travel again on Friday. This time, they’ll head to Fayetteville City to take on the Lady Tigers, who are currently 1-0 in District 9 play after a 49-31 win over Cornersville on Tuesday. Tip off is at 6 p.m. and the school is located at 1800 Wilson Parkway in Fayetteville.

Those who can’t attend in person can watch the Moore County Sport Network’s student broadcasting team on the NFHS Network. The Lynchburg Times will also live blog the game on its Facebook Page. •

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