Raiders face Fayetteville in District 9A Championship on Tuesday

Senior point guard Colton Bateman brings the ball down the court in the Raiders 54-47 upset of then district unbeaten Fayetteville Tigers on February 1. The two teams will rematch on Tuesday in the District 9A Championship. (PHOTO CREDIT: Jeff Reed)

LYNCHBURG — Last Friday, the Fayetteville Lady Tigers took on Eagleville in a consolation game prior to the District 9A Girls Championship. The Lady Tigers lost but their team and the boys team and their fan base stuck around to support Moore County as they battled Huntland for the District 9A Championship – a fact, that was not lost on the Moore County sidelines.

On Tuesday, the Fayetteville boys and Moore County boys will face off for the third time this season for all the marbles in District 9A. The Raiders and Tigers swapped wins in the regular season. On January 14, Fayetteville beat the Raiders in Lincoln County by just a mere two points, 54-52. It was the closest any district squad had gotten to beating the Tigers.

Then on February 1 in Lynchburg, the Raiders pulled away in the fourth quarter to hand the Tigers their only district loss. Three players, Will Harder, Alex Copeland, and Keller Morey, scored double-digits points that night to give Moore County a 54-47 win. (To read our complete coverage of that game, click here.)

As the top two finishers in District 9A, their spots in the Region 5A Tournament are secure but both of these team would like some fresh hardware for the trophy case. Look for two Moore County seniors, Colton Bateman and Will Harder, to come to play. Harder has been dangerous from the three point line as of late and Bateman gives defenders fits with his impeccable ball control.

It will be an outstanding match up. Tip off happens at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at MCHS. You can watch it live on the NFHS Network or follow The Lynchburg Times Facebook page for live score updates throughout the game. •

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