Tullahoma guard Julia Duncan keeps smashing records at Tullahoma High School as she became the first-ever basketball player in school history to cross the 2,000 career point threshold in the Lady Wildcats’ 56-47 win over Columbia on Tuesday.
In the fourth quarter, Duncan knocked down a field goal, which put her right at 2,000 points. She went on to add six more points in the contest, finishing with 25 in the ballgame, bringing her career total to 2,006 points.
“It’s very special to me just because 1,000 was always my goal as a kid,” Duncan said. “Getting to 2,000 was something that I had never really considered until I got to high school. It’s super cool and really a good accomplishment for me.”
Heading into Tuesday’s game at Columbia, Duncan said she had a rough idea where stood when it came to her career points. However, all of that went out the window once the game started, as she said that she was solely focused on getting a win.
“I didn’t know when I got the 19. At the end of the game I didn’t even know that I had got it,” Duncan said. “After I came out of the locker room is when I knew.
“My grandma, who is my biggest fan, her and Brenda Pollock had little pieces of paper that they had made I guess on the way up there. They were little pieces of paper that said ‘2,000.’ My whole family started cheering and giving me hugs. The rest of the crowd caught on and started cheering, so that’s when I knew.”
Now that she’s crossed the 2,000 point barrier, Duncan said that she doesn’t have a next goal. Instead, her only focus is helping her team win games down the stretch of the season.
“Now I’m just playing. I’m not going to stress about anything,” Duncan said. “I’m just going to go out there and fixate on winning games and score what I can. There’s nothing particular that I’m trying to reach.”
While Tullahoma currently has a 15-3 record on the season, and is 3-1 against district opponents, the Lady Wildcats have struggled a bit in their last two games. Tullahoma lost to Lawrence County 64-61 at home on Jan. 10, before needing a comeback to score a win against Columbia on Tuesday.
Prior to that loss to Lawrence County, the Lady Wildcats had been ranked No. 9 in the Class AAA rankings. Duncan said that the loss to Lawrence County was a wakeup call for her and Tullahoma.
“I personally think the loss was what we needed more than anything,” Duncan said. “After we were ranked, I don’t know that it got to our heads, but I think we needed to learn that we have to go out and play every game. We can’t just show up to play. That’s kind of what we did against Lawrence County.
“So my goal is to have myself and the girls come out and not look past any team, no matter who it is,” she added. “I mean, Columbia has finished last in our district for at least the last four years and they gave us a good game for three quarters. We just can’t look past anybody. We have to go out and play our best basketball every night.”
Tullahoma will return home on Tuesday night when it hosts Coffee County. The Lady Wildcats will then travel to Winchester to face Franklin County on Friday night. Tipoff on both days is scheduled for 6 p.m.