Raiders end season against Richland on Tuesday

Two Moore County seniors, Colton Bateman (left) and Will Harder (right) played their last basketball game in Columbia blue on Tuesday as Moore County ended their season against Richland in the Region 5A Semifinal game. (PHOTO CREDIT: Jeff Reed)

WAYNESBORO, Tenn. — With less than two minutes to play in Tuesday nights Regional Semifinal game, the Moore County Raiders trailed the Richland Raiders 64-46. As both coaches got ready to empty their benches, the Richland coach called time out to allow Moore County an opportunity to give a curtain call to their two seniors, Will Harder and Colton Bateman, in their final game in the Columbia blue and white. As Raider fans from both sides cheered, the two seniors made their way to the bench – clearly emotional. That’s when Richland senior point guard Tyrell Randolph, left his teams huddle and walked over to shake the two seniors hands. It was a nice moment.

Around two minutes later, the Moore County Raiders ended their 2021-22 season with a 10-21 regular season record, a 4-4 District 9A record, and a District 9A Runner Up Trophy.

In the first period on Tuesday, Moore County matched Richland shot for shot to end the first period behind by one, 21-20. Richland began to pull away in the second – outscoring Moore County by five to go into halftime leading 34-28. Richland pulled away for good in the third period outscoring Moore County by 11. The final score was Richland 64, Moore County 46.

Alex Copeland led for Moore County with 17 points followed by Will Harder with 11. Colton Bateman, Keller Morey, and Will Baker all contributed six points each. •

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