In two different styles, Tullahoma was able to pick up a pair of impressive home wins on back-to-back nights, first downing Lincoln County 53-50 in overtime on Friday, before following that with a 54-31 victory over Moore County on Saturday.
Trailing by as many as 14 points in the fourth quarter of Friday night’s District 8-AAA matchup, the Lady Wildcats (4-7, 1-1) mounted a comeback behind stellar defense. Tullahoma forced Lincoln County into 10 turnovers in the final period alone.
With 1:43 remaining on the clock, McKenna Buckner evened the score at 43, knocking down a layup. Lincoln County reclaimed the lead just 40 seconds later though, as LeLe Stubblefield drained a corner 3-pointer, giving the Lady Falcons a 46-43 advantage with 1:02 remaining in regulation.
Macey Bowman followed by hitting a 3 of her own for Tullahoma, knocking down a shot from the top left corner of the arc, tying the score at 46 with 43 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Lincoln County missed on its next possession, forcing overtime.
Buckner drained a 3-pointer early in the extra period from the right corner, giving the Lady Wildcats’ a 49-46 edge and Tullahoma never trailed again from that point.
Lincoln County quickly cut its deficit to 49-48 with 1:52 remaining in the extra period. However, Julia Duncan knocked down five of her six free-throw opportunities, helping seal the victory for Tullahoma.
Earlier in the fourth quarter, it was Jessica Edde who helped spark the comeback for Tullahoma in the victory. Edde put up nine points in the final period, including knocking down a pair of 3s, and adding a pair of steals.
Edde led Tullahoma in scoring on the night, putting up 13 points in the victory. Tullahoma had three other players reach double figures on the night, as Duncan totaled 12 points, while Bowman finished with 11 points and Buckner scored 10 points.
Sierra Neese also added five points for Tullahoma, while Robin Smedley rounded out the scoring for the Lady Wildcats with two points.
Offense was a struggle for both teams early as Lincoln County grabbed just a 7-6 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Lady Wildcats continued to struggle to knock down baskets in the second period, netting just four points, and trailing 17-10 at halftime.
Tullahoma put up 13 points in the third quarter, but Lincoln County was able to extend its lead, opening up a 35-23 advantage heading into the final period of play.
On Saturday against Moore County, Tullahoma grabbed the early lead and never looked back, dominating in the nondistrict matchup.
In fact, the Lady Wildcats held the Lady Raiders to just one field goal in the opening quarter, taking a 10-4 advantage.
Edde and Duncan each put up a pair of baskets in the opening quarter for Tullahoma, scoring four points. Bowman added a pair of free throws in the same period for the Lady Wildcats.
Tullahoma got the offense rolling a little more in the second quarter, netting 17 points in the period. Buckner and Duncan led the Lady Wildcats, each putting up five points, while Edde added four points of her own. Bowman rounded out the scoring again with three points in the period.
Bowman and Duncan led a Lady Wildcats’ offense that put up 20 points in the third quarter, as each netted six points in the period. Bowman knocked down a pair of 3s, while Duncan scored two baskets and added a pair of free throws.
Edde also put up four points for Tullahoma in the third quarter, before Buckner and Neese each put up two points.
The Lady Wildcats put up seven points in the final period, led by Duncan, who knocked down a 3. Charleigh Scott and Neese each added a basket of their own in the quarter.
Duncan led Tullahoma in scoring on the night, putting up 18 points. Edde followed with 12 points, before Bowman scored 11 points. Buckner added seven points, while Neese scored four points and Scott rounded out the scoring with two points.