Columbia kept it close for the opening quarter, but Tullahoma began to pull away after that point, going on to capture a 53-34 home win on Tuesday night.
The first period featured a combined 12 turnovers, but the Lady Wildcats grabbed the slight edge after Jessica Edde hit a jumper with 5:06 remaining in the period, making the score 6-4. Ty Hardin and Edde each added another basket before the period concluded.
However, Columbia fought to keep the score close, landing a pair of late baskets in the opening quarter, trailing 10-8 after the first period.
Tullahoma controlled the opening minutes of the second period, but Columbia again kept it close, making it to a 19-16 matchup with 4:35 remaining in the period. The Lady Wildcats grabbed momentum at that point, closing the first half on a 10-2 run, leading 29-18 at halftime.
Edde put up three points to lead Tullahoma during the final minutes of the first half. Julia Duncan, Kailyn Farrell and Robin Smedley each added a basket of their own during that stretch for the Lady Wildcats.
Defense took over for Tullahoma in the second half, when Columbia was limited to just six points in the third quarter. The Lady Wildcats also forced the Lady Lions into 10 turnovers in the third period, opening up a 47-24 advantage heading into the fourth quarter.
Duncan did the bulk of the scoring for Tullahoma in the third quarter, netting six points on three made field goals. Edde and Farrell both scored four points in the third for the Lady Wildcats, each knocking down a basket and adding a pair of free throws. Smedley and Cara Mayes both hit a shot to round out the scoring in the third period for THS.
With the game in hand, Tullahoma held its starters out for the entire fourth quarter, as the Lady Wildcats put up just six points in the period. Charleigh Scott, Azja White and Sierra Neese all scored a basket for THS in the final period.
Edde led the Lady Wildcats in scoring on the night, netting 19 points in the victory. Duncan also added double figures for Tullahoma, putting up 12 points.
Farrell finished her night with eight points, while Smedley had four. Hardin, Scott, Mayes, White and Neese each scored two points to round out the scoring for Tullahoma.
The Lady Wildcats (12-7-4) were scheduled to wrap up the regular season on Thursday when they hosted Franklin County. However, as of press time, the result of that game was unavailable.
Tullahoma will then open the District 8-AAA Tournament next week. Prior to Thursday’s matchup, the Lady Wildcats were the No. 2 seed in the district standings with a one-game lead over Franklin County and Shelbyville.