Bouncing back after back-to-back losses last week, Tullahoma seized control early at home against Lincoln County and rode that first quarter advantage to a 56-32 win on Tuesday night.
The Lady Wildcats (17-6, 4-4) had lost pair of district matchups last week, first losing a 48-31 home game to Coffee County on Jan. 21. Tullahoma followed with a 39-38 loss to Franklin County last Friday.
On Tuesday night, Tullahoma jumped on top of Lincoln County, netting the first five points of the game. After the Lady Falcons scored to cut the score to 5-2, the Lady Wildcats closed out the opening period on an 11-0 run, taking a 16-2 advantage into the second quarter.
Julia Duncan and Kailyn Farrell did the bulk of the scoring for Tullahoma in the opening period. Duncan scored seven points, including burying a 3-pointer. Farrell added six points in the first period, while Jessica Edde also connected on a three.
The offense picked up a bit for Lincoln County in the second quarter, as the Lady Falcons hit back-to-back baskets to start the period. Tullahoma answered back with points, as Charleigh Scott hit a basket and then added a pair of free throws, making the score 20-6 with 5:31 remaining in the first half.
For the remainder of the quarter, the Lady Wildcats outscored Lincoln County 12-10, in order to take a 32-16 advnatage into halftime. Duncan put up seven points in the final five minutes of the first half for Tullahoma, while Farrell added five points.
Out of the break, the Lady Wildcats led off the second half on a 7-2 run to take a 39-18 lead with 5:15 remaining in the third quarter. Farrell netted the first basket for Tullahoma, while Duncan added a 3-pointer and Macey Bowman knocked down a basket.
Lincoln County went on to outscore Tullahoma 7-6 the remainder of the third quarter. However, the Lady Wildcats took a 45-25 advnatage into the final period of play.
Momentum stayed with the Lady Falcons early in the fourth quarter, as they opened the period on a 7-3 run. Bryanna Stubblefield connected on a 3-pointer, cutting her team’s deficit to 48-32 with 3:49 remaining in the contest.
From that point, Lincoln County was held scoreless and Tullahoma scored the final eight points of the contest. Bowman hit the first basket for the Lady Wildcats, while Duncan hit a free throw. Liv Bowen added a 3-pointer, while Cara Mayes hit a late basket.
Duncan led the Lady Wildcats in scoring, after she netted 21 points. Farrell also finished with double figures as she added 13 points.
Scott put up seven points, while Bowman scored four points. Edde, Eleanor Fults and Bowen each added three points, while Mayes netted two points.
Tullahoma had this Friday night off and is scheduled to return to the floor on Tuesday when it travels to Lawrence County. The Lady Wildcats will then host Columbia on Friday. Tipoff on both days is scheduled for 6 p.m.