A 10-0 run midway through the second quarter allowed Tullahoma to gain some separation, as it used that to notch a 67-58 road win over Independence in the season opener on Tuesday.
With 6:20 left in the second period, Jailyn Banks knocked down a basket for the Lady Eagles. Tullahoma followed by scoring 10-straight points, grabbing a 25-15 lead with 3:29 remaining before halftime.
McKenna Buckner got the run going with a basket with just under six minutes, before Julia Duncan took over. Duncan scored eight points during that run for Tullahoma, as the senior knocked down three shots and then added a pair of free throws.
Before the second quarter ended, Duncan added three more points, while Kailyn Farrell put up a basket of her own. Alivia Bowen hit a layup and Buckner knocked down a free throw to give the Lady Wildcats a 33-22 lead at the break.
Independence opened the second half with a quick 7-2 run, cutting its deficit down to 35-29 with 5:54 left in the third quarter. However, Tullahoma put together a 12-4 run of its own, taking a 47-33 advantage into the final period of play.
Farrell netted the first eight points of the third quarter for Tullahoma. Sierra Neese put up a basket of her own, before Duncan hit back-to-back shots to close out the third period.
The Lady Wildcats pulled their starters early in the fourth quarter, and Independence took advantage, scoring seven straight points to start the final period. Lindsey Freeman scored the first three points of the quarter for the Lady Eagles. Banks added a pair of baskets, cutting the score to 47-40 with 6:11 left in the contest.
After injecting its starters back into the ballgame, Tullahoma answered with a 6-2 run. Lucy Nutt put up four points during that span, including a pair of free throws, and another basket while she was getting fouled. Duncan added a basket of her own, giving Tullahoma a 53-42 edge with 4:41 left on the clock.
Independence tried to cut into its deficit, but every time, Tullahoma had an answer. With 1:21 left in the game, Duncan buried a free throw to make the score 63-51. Independence closed the game out on a 7-4, as Tullahoma secured the win.
Duncan led the Lady Wildcats in scoring, netting 26 points. She additionally added three rebounds and a pair of steals.
Farrell finished with a double-double, putting up 22 points and adding 11 rebounds. She also had a steal in the win.
Buckner added six points, while Lucy Nutt scored five points. Macey Bowman netted four points, while Neese and Bowen each put up two points.
The Lady Wildcats (1-0) were scheduled to play a pair of games at Clarkrange on Saturday. As of press time, the results of those games were unavailable.
Tullahoma will next host Warren County in the home opener on Tuesday. Tipoff of the girls’ game is scheduled for 6 p.m.