With 4.8 seconds remaining on the clock and the game tied at 47, Kailyn Farrell knocked down a pair free throws and Tullahoma escaped Lawrence County with a 49-47 district win on Tuesday night.
The victory on Tuesday allowed Tullahoma to split the regular-season series with Lawrence County. On Jan. 10, Tullahoma lost control late in the matchup, falling at home 64-61 on Tuesday.
In the fourth quarter on Tuesday night, Tullahoma needed to pull a comeback. After trailing 34-32 entering the final period of play, Tullahoma’s deficit increased as Lawrence County scored the first four points of the final period, pulling ahead 38-32.
Tullahoma quickly cut into its deficit and after a timeout, Lucy Nutt knocked down a 3-pointer, to cut the score to 38-35. Lawrence County answered with a bucket, but Tullahoma scored four-straight points to make the score 40-39 with nearly five minutes left in the contest.
Jessica Edde hit the first basket for Tullahoma. Farrell then added a bucket of her own, to make it a one-point game.
On the opposite end, Lawrence County hit the front of two free throws, making the score 41-39. Tullahoma quickly answered back, as Farrell landed a shot to tie the game at 41.
Seconds later, Farrell made a play for Tullahoma on the defensive end, getting a steal. In transition, she was able to find teammate Julia Duncan, who scored to put Tullahoma in front, 43-41.
After each team traded a pair of free throws, Lawrence County evened the score at 45. Carson Gobble hit a basket with for Lawrence County to tie the ballgame with 3:17 left in the final period.
The teams then traded the next four points as the score was tied at 47 late in Tuesday’s matchup. On an inbounds play, Chloe Willis hit a basket for Lawrence County. Nutt added the game-tying basket for Tullahoma after she forced a steal.
That score remained tied until Farrell was fouled late, going up for a basket. After a timeout, the Tullahoma junior forward went on to make both free throws, allowing her team to notch the victory.
Farrell and Duncan led Tullahoma in scoring on the night, each netting 16 points. Edde also finished with double figures after she added 10 points. Nutt rounded out her night with five points for Tullahoma, while McKenna Buckner added two points.
After Tullahoma trailed 22-16 at halftime, Edde got things rolling on the offensive end. The senior guard knocked down a pair of 3-pointers and then added another field goal to finish the third quarter with eight points.
Duncan and Farrell each added four points of their own in the third quarter. Duncan hit a 3-pointer and then added a free throw, while Farrell made a pair of baskets, trimming Tullahoma’s deficit down to 34-32.
Early on against Lawrence County, Tullahoma struggled to connect on shots and trailed 14-6 after the first period. Duncan made the lone field goal for Tullahoma in the opening period, while Farrell added four three throws.
Tullahoma netted just two field goals in the second period. Duncan made one of those baskets, and finished the second quarter with six points, while Farrell added the other field goal. Buckner added two free throws just before halftime.
Tullahoma was next scheduled to host Columbia for homecoming on Friday. However, that game has been postponed until Tuesday at 6 p.m.
The Lady Wildcats (18-6, 5-4) are then slated to host Father Ryan on Saturday, before stepping back into district play on Monday against Shelbyville. Tipoff on both days is scheduled for 6 p.m.