Despite holding a nine-point lead early in the fourth quarter, poor shooting down the stretch hurt Tullahoma as its 11-game win streak fell to the wayside, losing a 64-61 district matchup at home to Lawrence County on Friday night.
With 7:06 remaining in the contest, Julia Duncan put up a basket for Tullahoma, giving her team a 49-40 lead. However, Lawrence County countered with a 13-1 run of their own to take control of the contest. Kenzie Adkins knocked down a 3-pointer with 4:49 left in the fourth quarter, giving Lawrence County a 53-50 advantage.
Tullahoma answered back with a pair of baskets, including a bucket by Kailyn Farrell, giving Tullahoma a 54-53 advantage with 4:14 left on the clock. However, Lawrence County again found a way to answer back, this time, netting eight-straight points to take a 61-54 lead with 43.8 seconds remaining in the final quarter.
Farrell scored Tullahoma’s final seven points, including burying a 3-pointer. That rally came up just short, as Lawrence County was able to hang on for the victory.
Early in Friday’s matchup, Lawrence County led the majority of the first quarter and at one point, opened up a 15-10 advantage. Tullahoma cut into its deficit as Duncan scored four points, and THS trailed 15-14 heading into the second period.
The teams scrapped back-and-forth in the second quarter, a period which featured five lead changes and four ties. With 0.7 seconds left before halftime, Madison Tidwell hit a pair of free throws, giving Lawrence County a 31-29 edge at the break.
Lawrence County netted the first four points of the second half, building a 35-29 lead with 6:50 remaining in the third quarter. Tullahoma countered by closing out the period on a 16-5 run, led by Duncan who scored seven points during that span.
Farrell added four points during that stretch, while Jessica Edde scored three points and Ty Hardin added a basket, and Tullahoma led 45-40 heading into the final period of play.
Duncan scored four-straight points for Tullahoma to start the fourth quarter. However, Lawrence County took control with its 13-1 run to ultimately gain the victory.
Duncan led Tullahoma in scoring, netting 29 points. Farrell also added double figures as she finished with 22 points. Edde added six points, while Hardin rounded out the scoring for Tullahoma with four points.
Tullahoma (14-3, 2-1) was scheduled to travel to district foe Columbia on Tuesday. However, as of press time, the result of that game was unavailable.
The Lady Wildcats will next play back-to-back games, starting on Friday, by heading to Shelbyville for a district matchup. Tullahoma will then travel to take on Father Ryan in a non-district matchup on Saturday. Tipoff on both days is scheduled for 6 p.m.