Julie Dunaway knocked down a basket 20 seconds into the second quarter to give Cookeville a 12-9 lead. From there though, it was all Tullahoma, as the Lady Wildcats pulled away in the period, taking a 25-16 halftime advantage, going on to secure a 58-50 victory at home on Saturday.
Seventeen seconds into the fourth quarter, Kailyn Farrell hit a pair of free throws, putting Tullahoma in front 42-24. Cookeville wouldn’t go away though, going on a quick 18-5 run, cutting its deficit to 47-42 with 3:44 remaining on the clock.
That was the closest that the Lady Cavaliers got though, as Tullahoma outscored Cookeville 11-8 to close out the final period. All of the Lady Wildcats’ final 11 points came at the free-throw line, led by Julia Duncan who knocked down eight of those attempts. Farrell added a pair of free throws of her own, while Jessica Edde hit one down the stretch for the THS.
The Lady Wildcats (11-13, 6-4) were scheduled to host Columbia on Tuesday. However, as of press time, the result of that game was unavailable.
Tullahoma will wrap up the regular season on Thursday when it hosts Franklin County. Tipoff of the girls game is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Early against Cookeville on Saturday, Tullahoma found itself in a back-and-forth matchup with the Lady Cavaliers. In the first quarter, the teams exchanged the lead seven different times, and had two ties in the opening quarter.
Duncan hit a late shot off of a steal, which gave Tullahoma a 9-8 advantage with 22 seconds remaining in the opening period. However, K.K. Graves knocked down a jumper as time expired for the Lady Cavaliers, and Cookeville took a 10-9 advantage into the second period.
Dunaway connected on the first basket of the second period, opening up a 12-9 advantage for Cookeville. Tullahoma countered with a 7-2 run, capped off by a 3-pointer by McKenna Buckner that put the Lady Wildcats in front 16-14 with 5:20 remaining in the second quarter.
That was the spark that put Tullahoma in front for good, as the Lady Wildcats closed out the first half on a 9-2 run, taking a 25-16 lead into halftime. Duncan scored six points from the free-throw line for THS during that stretch, while Edde added a 3-pointer of her own.
Cookeville came out firing in the second half, knocking down a pair of 3s and cutting the score to 27-22 with 6:34 remaining in the third period. However, the Lady Cavaliers were held to just two more points in the period, as Tullahoma added 13 more points to take a 40-24 advantage into the final quarter.
Farrell led Tullahoma in the third quarter, netting seven points, knocking down a pair of baskets and adding three free throws. Duncan hit a pair of baskets of her own, while Ty Hardin and Macey Bowman each scored a field goal.
Duncan led the Lady Wildcats in scoring on the night, putting up 29 points in the victory. Farrell added 15 points of her own. Edde finished with seven points, while Buckner had three points and Hardin and Bowman each scored two.