Julia Duncan

Tullahoma’s Julia Duncan puts up a shot against Blackman on Tuesday. Duncan scored 24 points for the Lady Wildcats in the season opener.

Early in the second quarter, the Tullahoma girls basketball team evened the score with Blackman at 16 in the season opener at home on Tuesday night.

However, the Lady Blaze countered with an 11-0 run and never looked back from that point in a 65-45 victory over the Lady Wildcats. Both Tullahoma teams continued their season on Saturday when it hosted Cannon County, but as of press time, the results from those games were unavailable.

After trailing 16-12 after the first quarter, Tullahoma put up the first four points of the second period, evening the score at 16. Julia Duncan put up back-to-back baskets for the Lady Wildcats.

A stretch of three 3-pointers and a pair of free throws, allowed Blackman to take a 27-16 advantage. Tyana Hardin, Macey Bowman, Duncan and Jessica Edde all put up two points the remainder of the period for THS. However, the Blaze added seven points, leading 34-24 at halftime. 

That lead continued to grow for Blackman in the second half, as Tullahoma was limited to just six points in the third quarter, trailing 45-30 at the end of the period. McKenna Buckner knocked down a 3-pointer for the Lady Wildcats in the third quarter, while Duncan added a basket and Hardin hit a free throw.

Blackman continued to control the contest, going on a 12-5 run to open the final period of play, upping its lead to 52-35. After a short little run by Tullahoma, the Lady Blaze closed the game out with 13 points, going on to capture the victory.

Duncan led Tullahoma in scoring on the night, putting up 24 points. Edde added eight points for the Lady Wildcats, while Hardin scored five points and Bowman added four. Buckner finished the night with three points and Robin Smedley hit a free throw to round out the scoring for THS.

On the boys side, Tullahoma was left a little shorthanded due to missing players who are still on the football team. Because of that, the Wildcats started three freshmen against Blackman.

After trailing 36-18 at halftime, things spiraled out of control in the second half for Tullahoma, after being limited to just nine points in the second half, and the Blaze dominated in a 70-29 victory.

Blackman led off the game with a 7-0 run, before Krys Uselton put up the first points of the night for Tullahoma. Corvion Fields added another basket for THS as the Wildcats trailed 15-4 after one quarter.

Uselton added eight points in the second quarter to lead Tullahoma, while Mays Snipes, Fields and Mason Gann also connected on baskets. However, the Blaze continued to dominate the game, taking a 36-18 advantage into halftime.

Aidan Wagner and Fields hit baskets in the third quarter, but that was all that Tullahoma could muster, trailing 47-22, heading into the final period of play. From there, it was all Blackman as the Wildcats were limited to just one field goal in the fourth quarter.

Ryan Scott hit that lone basket for the Wildcats in the final period. Uselton added four free throws, before Fields added one his own. Blackman dominated the period, putting up 23 points in the quarter, going on to capture the win.

Uselton led Tullahoma with 14 points on the night. Fields put up seven pints, while Scott, Snipes, Wagner and Gann each added two points.

On Monday, both Tullahoma teams were scheduled to travel to White County. Tipoff of the girls game is scheduled for 6 p.m. with the boys taking the floor 15 minutes after that contest concludes.