MURFREESBORO — A look of anguish was on the faces of many Lady Cougars after MTCS’ hard-fought 49-45 overtime home loss to Moore County on Friday night.
MTCS (5-1 overall, 0-1 in 9-A) led for most of the game including by seven and 10 at various points in the third quarter, but the Lady Raiders’ hot shooting kept the game close.
Ashlynd Wilkerson and Abby Buckner both split free-throw opportunities, and MTCS was left with a three-point lead with around 12 seconds left.
Moore County (7-1, 1-0) raced down the road and heaved a 3-pointer that went through the net with 2.8 seconds remaining in regulation.
In overtime, the Lady Raiders scored all 10 of their points at the free-throw line to pull out the win.
Freed-Hardeman signee Ashlynd Wilkerson led MTCS with 21 points.
MTCS 65, Moore Co. 39
With a clear emphasis on establishing the tempo, MTCS raced past Moore County to open District 9-A play.
The Cougars’ full court press bothered the Raiders most of the game as Moore County forced bad shots and gave up turnovers that were quickly converted into points.
“We just did a good job of forcing turnovers and setting ourselves up with easy basket opportunities,” MTCS coach Jason Piercey said.
Barr Ellenburg led MTCS with 23 points, hitting five 3-pointers. Hunter Vaughn had 12 points, and Kavan Hill added 10 points.