Another back-and-forth battle was added to the history books of the cross-county rivalry, as Coffee County needed overtime to garner a 62-55 road win over Tullahoma on Tuesday night.
In a tight contest the entire matchup, Tullahoma grabbed control of the game, pulling ahead 45-39 with 54.8 seconds remaining in regulation. However, Jacey Vaughn followed with a 3-pointer, cutting Coffee County’s deficit to 45-42 with 39 seconds left in the fourth quarter.
Jessica Edde hit a free throw on the Lady Wildcats’ next possession, extending Tullahoma’s advantage to 46-42 with 25.8 seconds remaining. But the Lady Raiders wouldn’t go away, as Vaughn connected with a quick score and then hit two of three free throws to even the score at 46.
Tullahoma had one final hurl toward the basket, but Julia Duncan’s attempt fell short, and the teams headed to overtime.
Vaughn picked up right where she left off in the fourth quarter, knocking down a 3 just 13 seconds into the extra period, putting Coffee County in front 49-46. The Lady Raiders never surrendered the lead from that point, despite Tullahoma closing it to a one-point game late in the matchup.
Bella Vinson knocked down a pair of free throws to give Coffee County a 56-52 advantage with 34.3 seconds remaining. Six seconds later, Duncan knocked down a 3 for Tullahoma, cutting the Lady Wildcats’ deficit down to 56-55.
Vinson went on to sink six-straight free throws for Coffee County, and Tullahoma was shut out the remainder of the contest.
Vaughn led Coffee County in scoring on the night, putting up 21 points in the victory, including 12 points in the fourth quarter alone. Vinson also added double figures for the Lady Raiders, scoring 19 points, including knocking down all 10 of her free-throw chances in overtime.
Duncan led both teams in scoring on the night, putting up 32 points for Tullahoma, including 20 in the final two quarters and five more in the extra period. Macey Bowman also added double figures for the Lady Wildcats, scoring 12 points.
Edde and Ty Hardin both finished with four points for THS. McKenna Buckner added a basket of her own, while Robin Smedley hit a free throw.
Early on Tuesday night, Vinson knocked down the first basket of the night, hitting a 3-pointer, giving Coffee County a 3-0 edge. Duncan put up a pair of baskets, while Hardin added one of her own, and Smedley hit a free throw, giving Tullahoma a 7-3 edge.
Bowman scored the only other basket for the Lady Wildcats in the opening period, as the Lady Raiders closed out the first period on a 7-2 run, taking a 10-9 advantage.
In the second quarter, Duncan hit a quick basket and added a free throw, to give Tullahoma a 12-10 advantage with 7:56 remaining in the period. However, Coffee County led the majority of the second quarter until, with 1:50 left in the period, Edde knocked down a 3 for the Lady Wildcats, evening the score at 19.
However, Coffee County gained the edge heading into halftime. Vaughn was fouled going up for a shot, hitting one of her free-throw attempts with 0.9 seconds left in the first half, giving the Lady Raiders a 20-19 edge at the break.
The third quarter featured four lead changes, each team giving the advantage right back. However, Vaughn connected with a basket late in the third quarter, and Coffee County continued to lead, taking a 30-29 advantage into the final period of play.
With the loss Tullahoma drops to 5-11 on the season and 2-2 against District 8-AAA opponents. The Lady Wildcats are scheduled to travel to Columbia on Friday for a 6 p.m. contest.