Tullahoma couldn’t hang on to a six-point fourth-quarter lead, as Coffee County rallied and forced overtime, before notching a 37-32 home win to cap off the regular season on Thursday night.
After taking a 19-18 edge into the final period of play, Tullahoma built on that lead, netting the first five points of the fourth quarter. Charleigh Scott hit an early 3-pointer, while Kailyn Farrell hit a pair of free throws, helping give their team a 24-18 advantage with 4:02 remaining in the final period.
With two minutes left in regulation, Jenna Garretson came away with a pair of defensive plays to help lead Coffee County’s comeback. After knocking down a basket, Garretson then came away with a steal, adding another bucket, cutting the score to 24-22 with 2:27 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Seconds later, Garretson added another steal for the Lady Raiders. This time, it was Elli Chumley who scored to even the contest at 24, with just over two minutes left in the game.
Bella Vinson put Coffee County in front for the first time all game with a basket with 46 seconds remaining on the clock. However, Tullahoma answered right back with a score as Julia Duncan knocked down a jumper with 20 seconds remaining in regulation, evening the score at 26.
Coffee County couldn’t convert on its final offensive possession in the fourth quarter, despite having two shot attempts. At the end of regulation, the two teams were scrapping for a rebound when the buzzer sounded.
In overtime, Jalie Ruehling knocked down a 3-pointer early for the Lady Raiders, making the score 29-26 with 3:30 remaining in the extra period. Once again though, Tullahoma railed, and took a 30-29 advnatage. Duncan hit a free throw for the Lady Wildcats, while Farrell added a 3-pointer with 2:35 left on the clock.
Vinson hit a free throw for Coffee County, while Ruehling added a basket, and Coffee County led 32-30 with 1:40 remaining in overtime. Seven seconds later, Tullahoma evened the score after Duncan hit a basket, tying the score at 32.
Vinson went on to score the final five points of the game for Coffee County to allow the Lady Raiders to hold on for the victory. All of Vinson’s points game at the free-throw line, as the junior hit five of her final six attempts.
Farrell led the Lady Wildcats in scoring on Thursday night, after she netted 17 points. Duncan also finished with double figures, as she put up 10 points. Scott scored three points, while Jessica Edde put up two points.
Prior to Thursday night, Tullahoma was coming off a dominating performance in its final home game of the regular season, notching a 69-32 win over Columbia on Tuesday.
During that matchup, the Lady Wildcats dominated from the start and led 16-1 after one quarter, and 36-11 at halftime. Tullahoma then added 10 more points in the third quarter to take a 46-18 advantage, before adding 23 points in the final period of play.
Duncan led Tullahoma in scoring with 16 points. Farrell and Nutt each added eight points, while Eleanor Fults put up seven points and Scott and Edde each scored six points.
Liv Bowen added four points for the Lady Wildcats, while Az’Ja White scored three points. Macey Bowman, Ty Hardin, Sierra Neese, Cara Mayes and McKenna Buckner each scored two points, while Morgan Carr hit a free throw.
Tullahoma (21-7, 7-5) will head into the District 8-AAA Tournament as the No. 3 seed. The Lady Wildcats are scheduled to open their district tournament on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
Tullahoma is expected to face the winner of Saturday’s Columbia and Shelbyville District 8-AAA Tournament Play-In Game. As of press time, the results of that contest were unavailable.
All games during the District 8-AAA Tournament will take place at Lincoln County High School.