Forcing 13 turnovers in the first quarter alone, Tullahoma took control from the very start, dominating in a much-needed 63-30 District 8-AAA victory at Columbia on Friday night.
With the win, the Lady Wildcats improve to 6-11 on the season and 3-2 against district opponents. Tullahoma was scheduled to head to Moore County on Saturday, but as of press time, the result of that game was unavailable. THS will next head to Franklin County on Tuesday for a 6 p.m. contest.
In Columbia on Friday, Tullahoma put up the first 10 points of the game, and limited the Lady Lions to just one field goal in the period, leading 27-3 heading into the second quarter. Julia Duncan, Jessica Edde and Kailyn Farrell all put eight points in the opening period alone for the Lady Wildcats. McKenna Buckner added a free throw, while Robin Smedley hit a buzzer-beater to round out the scoring in the period for THS.
Tullahoma forced another seven turnovers in the second period, while rotating in subs, taking a 46-16 advantage into halftime. Farrell put up six points in the second quarter for the Lady Wildcats, while Charleigh Scott added five points of her own. Edde, Duncan, Sierra Neese and Smedley each added two points for THS in the period.
With a big advantage, Tullahoma continued to substitute liberally in the second half, only netting 10 points in the third quarter, despite forcing six turnovers. Duncan led the Lady Wildcats in the third period with six points, helping give her team a 56-26 advantage heading into the fourth quarter. Farrell and Smedley each added a basket as well in the third quarter for Tullahoma.
Tullahoma managed just one field goal in the final period of play, coming off of a 3-pointer by Buckner, who led the Lady Wildcats with five points in the period. Smedley and Cara Mayes each hit a free throw for THS to round out the scoring.
Duncan and Farrell led Tullahoma in scoring, each netting 16 points on the night. In her varsity debut, Farrell was impressive, also adding eight rebounds and a steal. Duncan also had five assists and four steals on the night.
Edde also finished with double figures on the night for Tullahoma, putting up 10 points in the victory. Smedley put up seven points in the win, while Buckner had six points and Scott added five. Neese scored two points, before Mayes rounded out the scoring with a free throw.