Raiderettes snag #2 district tourney seed with Cornersville win

Olivia Richard (left) and Maecy Fletcher (right) fight for baskets against Lady Bulldogs on Friday in Cornersville. (PHOTO CREDIT: Jeff Reed)

CORNERSVILLE — The Moore County Raiderettes headed to Cornersville on Tuesday and snagged a crucial 52-34 win to secure the #2 seed heading into the District 9A tournament.

Moore County (17-8, 5-2) came into the game following a home district win against Eagleville last Friday. Two seniors, Olivia Richards and Chloe Brazier put up double digit scoring in that game to lift the Raiderettes to a 58-47 win. {To read our full coverage of that game, click here.} The win improved Moore County’s District 8A record to 5-2 — placing them securely in the number two spot behind the Huntland Lady Hornets, who remain perfect in district play at 7-0.

Cornersville (7-11, 1-6) came into the Moore County game fresh off a 53-38 loss against Eagleville last Tuesday. The Eagles held the Lady Bulldogs to just four points in the second period and led 28-13 at the half. The loss dropped Cornersville to 1-6 in district play with a single 31-30 win over Eagleville on January 14.

Chloe Brazier led for Moore County with 16 points

Moore County jumped out to a quick 16-6 lead thanks in part to solid play in the paint by Chloe Brazier, who put up half of Moore County’s 16 first period points. On defense, Charlotte Ray – Moore County’s defensive star all season – harassed shooters, interrupted dribblers, and stole passes. Moore County held the Lady Bulldogs to just six first period points.

Both Moore County and Eagleville stalled offensively in the second period. The Raiderettes scored just three baskets – one each by Olivia Richards, Maecy Fletcher, and Katy Fletcher. Moore County went into half time with a 22-13 lead.

The flatness of the second period continued in the third with Moore County putting up 10 points to the Lady Bulldogs 7. Chloe Brazier continued to be money in the paint, scoring six of the Raiderettes 10 third period points. Both teams saved their high scoring period for the fourth. Moore County scored 20 points including two three point shots – one each from Paisley Logan and Erica Clifton. The Lady Bulldogs scored 14 in the fourth.

At the final buzzer, Moore County earned it’s final District 9A victory of the regular season. Chloe Brazier led for the Raiderettes with 16 points followed by Olivia Richards with 12. Other contributing Raiderettes were Ellie Graham (7), Erica Clifton (6), Maecy Fletcher (4), Paisley Logan (3), Charlotte Ray (2) and Kay Fletcher (2). Ady Gentry led for the Lady Bulldogs with 14 points.

Huntland secured the top seed in the upcoming District 9A Tournament by defeating Eagleville 48-28 on Tuesday to stay perfect in district play. Fayetteville and Cornersville will play an elimination game on Monday to determine who gets to play them in the #1 versus #4 match up on Tuesday at 6 p.m. The loser will be eliminated. Moore County (#2) and Eagleville (#3) will play a round one game on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. All games will be at this year’s district tournament host Moore County High School.

The Moore County gals have just one more regular season game left on the schedule this season. They play their final regular season home game against Lincoln County on Friday. The Moore County Sports Network broadcasts all Raiderettes games on the NFHS Network or you can follow The Lynchburg Times for live score updates. •

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