By ZACH BIRDSONG
Tullahoma outscored Cascade 26-5 in the first quarter and dominated the remainder of the contest, soundly picking up a 74-39 victory at home on Tuesday night.
Four players reached double figures in scoring for the Lady Wildcats, with Jessica Edde leading the way for her squad on the night. Edde put up 19 points in the win for Tullahoma.
Julia Duncan added 15 points of her own on the night. McKenna Buckner also added 12 points of her own, while Macey Bowman scored 12 points.
With the win, the Lady Wildcats improved their overall record to 4-2 on the year. Tullahoma will open District 8-AAA play on Friday when it heads to Shelbyville for a 6 p.m. contest. THS will then step out of district play on Saturday when it heads to Lynchburg to take on Moore County, also at 6 p.m.
After falling behind 3-0 early in the contest on Tuesday, Tullahoma went on to outscore Cascade 26-2 the remainder of the first quarter. Duncan and Edde did the bulk of the scoring for the Lady Wildcats during that run, combining for 21 points. Duncan put up 11 points, while Edde added 10 of her own, including knocking down all six of her free-throw attempts.
With a large advantage, Tullahoma was able to get some younger players some experience to start the second quarter. Cascade was able to cut its deficit down to an 18-point game, trailing 35-17 with 2:40 remaining before halftime.
However, Tullahoma went on to close the quarter on a 10-2 run after inserting its starters again. Bowman buried a pair of 3-pointers for the Lady Wildcats in that span. Duncan and Edde each added two points of their own, giving THS a 45-19 halftime advantage.
After the half, Tullahoma’s younger players were able to gain more experience, playing the full third quarter. Buckner put up five points for the Lady Wildcats during that span, while Olivia McCreary added four points of her own. Robin Smedley also knocked down a 3-pointer, while Tyana Harden hit a shot of her own, putting Tullahoma up 59-29 entering the fourth quarter.
With the game firmly in hand, the Lady Wildcats were able to put the contest away in the fourth quarter, as the running clock was applied during the final minutes on Tuesday. Bowman put up five points in the final quarter for Tullahoma, while Edde added four points of her own in the period.