(T-G Photo by Jimmy Jones)
The Viqueens took control early by being quicker to the ball in a stifling full court press that slowed the opponents offense to just three baskets and got just enough offense on their end to lead 10-6.
The trend continued in the second frame as the home team pressured turnover after turnover to lead the frustrated Raiderettes 17-15 at the half.
"We did a great job of stopping them in the first half," Community coach Allison Martin said.
"The girls took them out of their rhythm and made them shoot from spots on the floor that they were unused to shooting from."
Everything that the Viqueens did right in the first half unraveled in the third period when Moore County suddenly heated up with a 3-point barrage from Erin Thomas, who had two, and Sarah Raby and Kelsey Camp who had one each. Camp finished the period with nine points and Thomas was right behind her with eight.
When the dust settled, the Raiderettes had outscored the Viqueens by a 24-7 margin to open a 39-24 cushion as the horn sounded on the period.
"We were unable to sustain the defensive intensity for a brief time and they hit some key shots," Martin said.
"We were unable to answer offensively and it turned out to be the difference in the game."
Community would right the ship in the fourth to hold the visitors to just 10 points while putting up 11 of their own behind Katie Leverette's five, but it was to little to late to salvage the win.
The Viqueens took on Richland on the road on Saturday. Results were not available at press time.
They continue district play on Tuesday when they take the bus ride over to Huntland, Tip-off is scheduled for 6.
Leverette led the Community offense with 14 points.
Erin Thomas matched that total for the visitors with Raby contributing 13.
Moore County (49): Thomas 14, Raby 13, Camp 9, Williams 8, Grogan 2, Lemmon 2, Ray 1.
Community (35): Leverette 14, Busbee 7, Pierce 5, M. Hunt 4, Ensey 2, Reed 2, J. Huntley 1, Ray, Barnes, Brothers, Thompson..
3-point goals: Moore County 5, Community 1.
Halftime score: Community 17, Moore County 15.