Moore County sweeps CHS District tournament starts February 12
The pressure was clearly on Moore County Tuesday night in their match-up in Cornersville and the Lynchburg school came through on both fronts. The Raiders earned the right to a Wednesday morning coin flip (which they did win) for first place in District 11-A after an impressive 77-45 shellacking of the Bulldogs. Vanessa Pincheon (19 pts.) is back and the standout guard carried the Raiderettes to a 49-37 victory over the Lady Bulldogs that secured third place in the district for Moore County.
Pincheon leads Raiderettes, wants re-match with Forrest
Vanessa Pincheon is one of those players that a team must game plan to stop from touching the ball and breaking down a defense with creativity. The Lady Bulldogs played well the entire night, gave it their all, but in the end Pincheon was just too much.
The first quarter was a high energy quarter for both squads as they battled back and forth. The Lady Bulldogs were intent of holding the home court and completing a season sweep of the Raiderettes and played like they were going to make it happen as they were down just one point, 14-13.
Sarah Nelms led the Lady Dawgs with five points in the quarter, Tori Wolaver had four, and Sara King had a late basket, fighting for the shot on the third rebound attempt. Pincheon was covered well by Lizzie Hewitt, Lauren Reeves, and Nelms but still managed five points with two coming on a foul at the first quarter buzzer.
Lizzie Hewitt started the second quarter with a three-point shot from the left corner to put the Lady Dawgs in the lead, followed by a foul shot by Fallon Boyce and a Pincheon basket that put the Raiderettes up one at 17-16. Sara Barnett pushed CHS back up one point with a pretty follow on a rebound before Boyce sank another foul shot to tie the game.
Moore County fed the ball to the post on their next two possessions where Tiffany Geerdes made Cornersville pay with four points and a 21-18 lead they would not relinquish the rest of the game. The halftime score was 28-23, Moore County.
The Lady Dawgs kept scratching and clawing after the half and when Lizzie Hewitt drained another three-bomb to cut the lead to just three points at 33-30, Pincheon and the Raiderettes answered by out-scoring the Lady Bulldogs 12-1 the rest of the quarter to lead 42-34 going into the final stanza.
A Brittany Dickens three-pointer cut the lead to seven two minutes into the fourth quarter and then the Moore County women pulled away and Pincheon sealed the deal at the foul stripe to win 49-37 and seal third place.
Asked about the game and the loss to Forrest on their home court Saturday night, Pincheon said," We needed this win and when we get all of our players back, my sister included, we will beat Forrest."
Sarah Nelms led the Lady Dawgs in scoring with 12, while Hewitt and Barnett both tallied 8. Besides Pincheon's 19, Moore County was led by Geerdes' 13 and Boyce's 8. The Lady Dawgs open up District Tournament play Tuesday night at home versus Huntland at 6:00 pm.
Raiders win coin flip, Bulldogs lose some pride
The Cornersville Bulldogs got caught on the tracks in front of a freight train Tuesday night as Moore County shoveled in the coal and went coast to coast in a demolishing 77-45 victory. In what had to be the most demoralizing loss of CHS first year head Coach Adrian Wilson's season, the Raiders left no doubt which team would be the aggressors from the opening buzzer.
Moore County jumped to a 16-1 lead by feeding the ball down low to Shane Worthey, who scored eight in the quarter. The Bulldogs missed many early scoring opportunities and seemed like they were playing six on five on defense with Moore County always having an open man.
A 20-5 first quarter deficit did not get any better in the second quarter as the Raiders continued their journey for a first place tie with Culleoka. An early ten point run put the Bulldogs down 30-7 and looking for a station to get off the runaway trip.
It wasn't that the Dawgs did not play hard or try to stop the visitors; they just could not stop the Raiders (21-7, 11-1), who were on a mission to avenge two stinging losses, the first at Culleoka and the second, their first home loss of the year to Forrest Saturday night. "We definitely wanted to finish them off, get a chance at a first round bye, and earn the automatic berth into the Region Tournament" Moore County Head Coach Lavon King said after the game.
Cornersville (9-14, 5-7) trailed 38-11 at the half, 65-26 at the end of the third quarter and lost by the thirty-two margin, 77-45. The Bulldogs were led in scoring by Nelms, who had 10 points, Agent with 7, Kyle Hammack scored 9 points, and Brent Pope tallied 6.
Coach Wilson still had some starters in the game down by as many as thirty-six points and his wisdom may be questioned as Jake Agent severely turned his ankle in a fourth quarter of a game that should have been played by all the reserves. "Jake will be all right," Coach Wilson stated, "I wanted to keep him in the game to get a couple of baskets and get his confidence up."
The Bulldogs open up with a first round District game at home 6:00pm on Monday night versus Columbia Academy and will get a 3rd try versus Moore County on Friday night if they win.