Martin’s 15 points boost Raiders to 43-35 Forrest victory

Moore County's Peyton Martin battles for points.
Moore County’s Peyton Martin battles for a basket against Forrest on Tuesday. Martin led all scorers with 15 points. (PHOTO CREDIT: Jeff Reed)

CHAPEL HILL, Tenn. — Slow and steady wins the race and the Raiders used consistent scoring from their starting five on Tuesday to earn a 43-35 win over the Forrest Rockets. Peyton Martin led all scores with 15 points.

The two teams met for the second time on Tuesday. The Raiders handed the Rockets a 68-42 loss in Lynchburg on December 13. Tuesday’s win advances Moore County to a 5-4 regular season record and dropped Forrest to 0-13.

Raider hold Rockets to five second period points

Moore County and Forrest paced each other in the first period. The Raiders used a trey by Will Baker and baskets by Baker and Peyton Martin to edge the Rockets by a single point. At the end of the first period, Moore County led 8-7. The Raider defense stiffened in second period as they held the Rockets to just five points while mounting 10 – a trey by Brantley Hill and baskets by Wes Clifton and Peyton Martin. The Raiders went into the break leading by six points, 18-12

Moore County began to pull away in the third stanza – building their lead to 10 thanks to points by Alex Copeland, Wes Clifton, and Peyton Martin. Moore County allowed just three baskets in the third period. Forrest attempted a come back in the final period but their 17 points weren’t nearly enough. They sent Raider Dawson White to the line 10 times. White swished five of Moore County’s 15 fourth period points from the free throw line. At the final buzzer, Moore County earned a 43-35 win.

Peyton Martin led with 15 points

Peyton Martin led for the Raiders with 15 points followed by Alex Copeland and Will Baker with eight points each. Dawson White added five more and Wes Clifton managed two baskets for four points. Brantley Hill hit one of Moore County’s two treys in the second period.

Moore County made 14 baskets and just two from the perimeter compared to Forrest eight from the field and three from the 3-point line. Moore County shot nine of 15 from the line (60 percent) and Forrest was 10 of 14 (71 percent).

Moore County will play Tullahoma at THS on Thursday. It will be the first meeting for the two teams this season. Tip off the Raider game on Thursday will take place immediately following the Raiderettes game. •

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