By ZACH BIRDSONG
Coming off of a narrow 71-63 loss at Franklin County on Thursday, Tullahoma rebounded and soundly defeated Lincoln County 52-31 in Fayetteville on Friday.
Behind a strong start from Julia Duncan, the Lady Wildcats grabbed a 16-6 lead after one quarter of play and did not relinquish that advantage for the remainder of the contest. Duncan put up 10 points in the opening period for Tullahoma, while Macey Bowman and Jessica Edde each added a 3-pointer.
The offense tightened up in the second quarter, as Lincoln County limited Tullahoma to just five points in the period. McKenna Buckner knocked down a 3-pointer for the Lady Wildcats’ only field goal of the second quarter. Duncan added a pair of free throws later in the period.
Lincoln County managed just seven points in the second quarter, cutting the score to 21-13 at halftime.
Duncan came out strong in the second half, scoring Tullahoma’s first six points of the third quarter. CeCe Smith followed with four-straight points for the Lady Wildcats, while Buckner added three more points of her own. Duncan added a final free throw as THS led 35-17 heading into the final period of play.
Tyana Hardin and Robin Smedley each hit baskets in the fourth quarter, but it was Duncan who continued to do the bulk of the scoring for Tullahoma. Duncan put up 11 points in the final quarter, knocking down five free throws. Edde and Smith each added a free throw of their own in the final quarter.
Duncan led Tullahoma in scoring on the night, putting up 30 points in the victory. Buckner finished with five points and Edde added four points. Bowman totaled three points, while Hardin and Smedley each finished with two points to round out the scoring for the Lady Wildcats.
A day earlier, Duncan also led Tullahoma in scoring against Franklin County, putting up 34 points in Winchester on Thursday. However, it wasn’t enough as the Lady Wildcats weren’t able to overcome a sluggish third quarter against the Rebelettes.
With the score even at 38 at halftime, Tullahoma was limited to just four points in the third quarter. Franklin County put up 10 points in the period, grabbing a 48-42 advantage heading into the final period play.
The Rebelettes rode that edge into the victory and totaled 23 points in the final period, led by Ashtin Holman, who scored 11 points in the fourth quarter. Duncan led Tullahoma, putting up eight of Tullahoma’s 21 points in the final period.
Duncan got off to a fast start for the Lady Wildcats, putting up 14 of her team’s 20 points in the opening quarter. Bowman added four points in the opening quarter, while Edde added another basket as Tullahoma trailed 21-20 after one period of play.
The Lady Wildcats evened the score just before halftime as the teams were tied at 38 points heading into the break. Duncan put up eight points in the second period for Tullahoma, while Edde added five points, including hitting a 3-pointer. Bowman knocked down a 3-pointer and Smith added a basket of her own for the Lady Wildcats.
Duncan was the lone Tullahoma player to hit a basket in the third quarter as she knocked down a pair of shots for the Lady Wildcats. Three players combined to put up 10 points for Franklin County, helping give their team a 48-42 edge heading into the fourth quarter.
After Duncan put up her 34 points on the night, Edde and Bowman each added double figures for the Lady Wildcats. Edde put up 14 points, while Bowman added 11 points of her own. Smith rounded out the scoring for THS with four points.
Tullahoma (12-11) is next scheduled to head to Lawrence County on Tuesday night, before hosting Coffee County for homecoming on Friday. On both days, tipoff of the girls game is scheduled for 6 p.m. with the boys taking the floor 15 minutes after that contest concludes.