Raiderettes blasts Forrest Rockets 47-40

Sophomore Ellie Graham goes up against four Forrest defenders on Tuesday. (PHOTO CREDIT: Jeff Reed)

CHAPEL HILL, Tenn. — The Moore County Raiderettes mounted a third period comeback to lift them to a 47-40 victory over the Forrest Rockets on Tuesday. The W advanced Moore County to 11-6 and dropped Forrest to 2-11. Moore County will kick off district play next Tuesday against Huntland in Lynchburg.

It was the second match up for the Raiderettes and the Rockets in the 2022-23 season. The Raiderettes beat Forrest at home on December 13 by a final score of 42-38.

Raiderettes battle back in third period

On Tuesday, the Forrest defense came out swinging in the first period – holding Moore County to a lone basket from sophomore Ellie Graham. Forrest senior Macyn Kirby scored nine of the Rockets 14 first period points. At the end of the first eight minutes, Forrest led 14-2.

Moore County seems to find their offensive groove in the second stanza while tightening up on defense. Maecy Fletcher found shooting space underneath for six basket and swished another two from the line. Madison Dingler scored the first Raiderette 3-point shot in the second period. Moore County held Forrest to just five second period points to go into the locker room trailing by just two points, 19-17.

Ever the third period team, Moore County managed to nearly double Forrest’s points after the break by using all their weapons. Paisley Logan, Ellie Graham, Madison Dingler, and Anna Harder put together 19 points in the third to pull the Raiderettes ahead 36-29.

That lead would be enough. In fourth the two teams matched each other nearly bucket for bucket. The Forrest defense honed in on Madison Dingler who swished four of five from the free throw line. Dingler scored the lone two baskets of the final stanza for Moore County. Katy Fletcher and Ellie Graham also added points from the line. At the final buzzer, Moore County won 47-40.

Madison Dingler leads with 18 points

Madison Dingler led for Moore County with 18 points. Other contributing Raiderettes were Ellie Graham (10), Maecy Fletcher (8), Paisley Logan (7), Anna Harder (3) and Katy Fletcher (1). Macyn Kirby led for Forrest with 26 points.

Moore County scored 14 baskets and just three from the perimeter. They were 10 of 17 from the line. In contrast, Forrest scored nine baskets and five 3-point shots. They were seven of 10 from the line.

Moore County will play Tullahoma at THS on Thursday. It will be the second meeting for the two teams this season. The Wildcats beat the Raiderettes 46-34 on December 21 during the Jeff Taylor Christmas Classic. Tip off on Thursday is at 6 p.m. •

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