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"I think we had plenty of chances to get out in front early," Viqueen coach Allison Martin said. "We missed five or six free throws and several layups in the first half that hurt us but I am really proud of the effort on both ends of the ball coming into a gym that is really hard to play in."
The home team led 11-7 after one period and managed a 19-16 advantage over the Purple and Gold at the intermission.
Moore County rallied the troops to lead by as many as 11 points in the second half behind the offensive effort of Sarah Raby and Erin Thomas, but Community turned it around with a frenzied full court press that the home team was ill-equipped to handle with any consistency. Freshman Mercedes Huntley contributed a key 3-pointer for the Viqueens during that stretch.
The result was a handful of turnovers and an equal number of steals that allowed the Viqueens to crawl back to with two points with just two minutes remaining.
However, the veteran Raiderettes were savvy enough to pull the ball out and force the visitors to foul to preserve the clock while using a lot of energy playing chase.
The home team managed to hit 6-of-10 free throws in the final stanza to hold off the hard charging Viqueens who missed a couple of shots at the end to tie the game.
"It was a good team effort by the girls," Martin said. "They really stuck together when we got down by 10 points in the fourth quarter and played very well down the stretch to get to within one basket and give ourselves a chance to win the ballgame.
"I am not happy with the final score but I am pleased with the effort tonight."
Community finished 14-of-22 at the charity stripe.
Moore County hit 9-of-19 from the line in the contest.
Community welcomes Cascade on Friday night at 6.
Moore Co. 11 8 17 10 -- 46
Community 7 9 13 15 -- 44
Moore Co.: Raby 19, Thomas 10, Williams 9, Limbaugh 6, Grogan 2, Ray, Smith, Lemmon.
Community: Pierce 17, Leverette 14, M. Huntley 5, Thompson 4, Ray 2, J. Huntley 2, Williams, Brothers,
3-point goals: Community 4, Moore Co. 1.
Halftime score: Moore Co. 19, Community 16.