Raiderettes fall to Tullahoma 55-34 in Lynchburg

LOCAL SPORTS | Lynchburg — It rained threes in Moore County on Friday night and not in the good way. Tullahoma managed a 31-15 first half lead against the Raiderettes with 27 of those points coming from the three point line.

Though Raiderette shooters got hot in the second half, at the final buzzer the Lady Wildcats beat the Raiderettes 55-34 in Lynchburg.

Friday night’s game was the first and only match up of the 2021-22 season for the Class A Raiderettes (5-3) and the Class AAA Lady Wildcats (4-0). The last time the two team played was January 7, 2020 when the Lady Wildcats beat the Moore County girls 65-43.

Moore County came into the game fresh off a tough 40-27 against the Lady Falcons in Fayetteville. The Raiderettes hung with the Lady Falcons, tying the game at 16-16 going into the locker room at the half, but the Lady Falcon’s full court man press defense began to wear them down, down the stretch. Olivia Richards led for the Raiderettes against Lincoln County with 13 followed by Ellie Graham with six points. {To read our complete coverage of that game, click here.} Undefeated Tullahoma came into the December 10 game following a close 37-33 win over Franklin County.

Hot Tullahoma three point shooting too much for Raiderettes

Freshman Ellie Graham got Moore County on the boards first with a free throw. The Lady Wildcats immediately answered with one of four first period treys. Points by freshman Katie Fletcher, Graham, and senior Chloe Brazier pulled Moore County within four at the end of the first period, 15-11.

Chloe Brazier scored the first points of the second period. As she drove inside, the Lady Wildcats fouled her and both her shots at the line fell. It would be the last Raiderette points of the second period until Ellie Graham’s foul shots with six seconds remaining. Moore County went into the locker room trailing 31-15.

The Raiderettes made a run at the comeback in the third — out scoring the Lady Wildcats by two points in the third period but at the final buzzer the Raiderettes lost 55-34.

Two Raiderettes earned double digit points against the Lady Wildcats. Chloe Brazier led for the Raiderettes with 13 followed by Ellie Graham with 10. Katie Fletcher (5), Charlotte Ray (2), Maecy Fletcher (2), Olivia Richards (1), and Erica Clifton (1) all got on the scoreboard as well.

The Raiderettes will rematch with Forrest Tuesday (December 14) in Chapel Hill. Moore County beat the Lady Rockets 55-29 in Lynchburg on December 3. {To read our complete coverage of that game, click here.} The game tips off at 6 p.m. If you plan to go, the GPS address is 310 North Horton Parkway in Chapel Hill. If you can’t attend in person, you can watch the Moore County Sports Network’s live broadcast on the NFHS Network or follow The Lynchburg Times live blog of the game on our Facebook page. •

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