Dominating from the start against the host school, the Tullahoma High School girls basketball team ended the Richland Holiday Tournament as champions, picking up a 77-42 victory on Monday night.
Prior to the win over Richland, the Lady Wildcats had won their first two ballgames of the three-day tournament. Tullahoma opened play with a 74-40 win over Eagleville on Friday, before following that with a 90-62 victory over Huntland on Saturday.
In the championship game on Monday, Tullahoma controlled the game from the opening tipoff, netting 26 points in the opening period. Julia Duncan dominated on the offensive end, scoring 15 points in the first quarter, knocking down a 3-pointer and then adding six more field goals.
Kailyn Farrell and Macy Bowman each added a pair of baskets in the opening period. Jessica Edde knocked down a 3-pointer as well, helping give the Lady Wildcats a 26-12 lead heading into the second quarter.
Tullahoma hammered out 20 more points in the second period, taking a 46-20 lead into halftime. Edde led the Lady Wildcats with seven points in the second quarter.
Farrell, Liv Bowen and Eleanor Fults, each hit a 3-pointer in the period. Duncan added a basket, while McKenna Buckner and Charleigh Scott each made a free throw before the break.
Tullahoma extended its lead by outscoring Richland 14-7 in the third quarter, taking a 60-27 advantage into the final period of play. Lucy Nutt put up four points in the period, while Farrell and Buckner each added three points. Duncan and Scott each hit a basket as well for the Lady Wildcats.
In the fourth quarter, Edde and Nutt led Tullahoma in scoring, combining for 10 of the Lady Wildcats’ final 17 points. Both Edde and Nutt each scored five points in the final period. Farrell added four points for Tullahoma, while Duncan knocked down a 3-pointer.
Duncan led the Lady Wildcats in scoring, after she netted 22 points in the victory. Edde and Farrell each added double figures as well. Edde scored 15 points, while Farrell added 14 points.
On Saturday against Huntland, Tullahoma led the majority of the first half, but pulled away in the final two quarters for the victory.
The Lady Wildcats led 44-35 at halftime, but took control with a 31-point outburst in the third quarter, seizing a 75-52 lead heading into the final period of play. Six players knocked down field goals for Tullahoma in the period, led by Bowman who put up seven points.
Duncan and Buckner each added six points in the period. Ty Hardin, Farrell and Nutt each added four points in the third quarter.
Tullahoma added 15 more points in the final quarter, led by Buckner who scored four points. Duncan added three points, while Bowman, Nutt, Fults and Bowen each put up two points.
Duncan led the Lady Wildcats in scoring against Huntland, as she netted 25 points. Buckner added 19 points in the victory, while Bowman scored 11 points and Nutt scored 10 points.
Against Eagleville in the opening game of the tournament, Tullahoma again dominated the second half in order to run away with the victory on Friday.
Tullahoma led 31-22 at halftime, but limited Eagleville to just 18 points in the remainder of the way. The Lady Wildcats took advantage, netting 43 points in the final two quarters to seal the victory.
Coming out of the halftime break, Tullahoma scored 21 points in the third quarter, taking a 52-36 lead into the final period of play. Duncan led the Lady Wildcats with nine points in the period. Edde and Bowman each added five points, while Farrell scored two points.
Tullahoma added 22 more points in the final quarter, while holding Eagleville to just four points in the period. Duncan led the Lady Wildcats in scoring in the fourth quarter, netting six points.
Bowen added four points in the final period, while Morgan Carr knocked down a 3-pointer. Bowman, Edde, Nutt and Fults each added two points in the final quarter for Tullahoma.
Duncan led Tullahoma with 31 points in the victory, as she also added eight assists and four rebounds. Farrell added 11 points in the win, added 12 rebounds and seven assists.
The Lady Wildcats (12-2) are currently riding a nine-game winning streak and will try to avenge their last loss of the season on Friday, when they host Lebanon. The Blue Devilettes edged out Tullahoma 55-49 at home on Dec. 3. Tipoff for this Friday’s game is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Following that contest, the Lady Wildcats will then host Moore County on Tuesday, before welcoming in Lawrence County on Jan. 10. Tipoff on both days is scheduled for 6 p.m.