(T-G Photo by Chris Siers)
Although the Raiderettes were held scoreless in the third, an impressive first half was just too much for the Viqueens to overcome as they took a tough 32-27 loss on the chin.
In the first half, it was all Moore County as the Raiderettes posted a 14-8 lead after the first quarter, and a 26-15 lead after two quarters of play.
Despite falling behind early, the Viqueens continued to chip away at the Raiderette advantage and finally caught a break in the third quarter when Moore County was held scoreless, while the Viqueens trimmed the lead to just five points.
Although the Viqueens were poised to make a run late in the game, the Raiderettes came back and matched the Purple and Gold's six points in the fourth frame to earn a berth in the championship round on Saturday.
Ella Fanning paced the winners with 14 points while the Viqueens got 11 from Haley Reed.
The difference in the game came down to the teams' performances at the charity stripe.
Moore County connected on 90 percent of their free throws while Community went 0-for-4.
Both teams will be back on the hardwood on Saturday evening with the Raiderettes facing the Forrest Middle Lady Rockets in the championship game while the Viqueens face MTCS in the consolation bracket.
Tip off in the consolation game is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Saturday.
Community 8 7 6 6 -- 27
Moore Co. 14 12 0 6 -- 32