After trailing Lawrence County the majority of the first half, Tullahoma seized control in the third quarter and never looked back, garnering a 55-48 home win over its District 8-AAA opponent on Friday night.
With the victory, Tullahoma improves to 5-10 overall on the season and 2-1 in district matchups. The Lady Wildcats will next host cross-county rival Coffee County on Tuesday with tipoff scheduled for 6 p.m.
Down 24-20 heading into the second half, Tullahoma’s defense completely stifled Lawrence County in the third quarter. During the third period, Lawrence County was limited to just three points, all coming off of one play, while Tullahoma forced six turnovers to take control of the contest.
Seconds into the third quarter, Jessica Edde knocked down a jumper, before Julia Duncan connected on back-to-back shots of her own, giving Tullahoma a 27-24 edge with 5:57 left in the period. Sara Brown evened the score shortly for Lawrence County, knocking down a shot, but was fouled on the play and made the ensuing free throw with 4:22 remaining in the third period.
Eleven seconds later, Tyana Hardin gave Tullahoma the lead for good. After getting the pass, Hardin drained a 3-pointer, giving Tullahoma a 30-27 edge. Duncan followed with another basket for THS, before Charleigh Scott added one of her own, giving Tullahoma a 34-27 lead heading into the final period of play.
Tullahoma continued right where it left off in the fourth quarter, scoring seven-straight points to lead off the period. Duncan hit four free throws during that span, while Scott added a 3-pointer of her own, giving Tullahoma a 41-27 advantage with 6:07 remaining on the clock.
Duncan went on to add nine more points in the period for Tullahoma, including hitting seven of eight free-throw attempts, before adding another basket. Macey Bowman hit a pair of baskets as well for Tullahoma, while Robin Smedley added a free throw.
Duncan led Tullahoma in scoring on the night, putting up 34 points in the victory. The junior recorded a double-double for herself, also having 10 rebounds and eight steals on the night.
Hardin added seven points for Tullahoma in the victory, while Bowman put up six points. Scott finished her night with five points, while Edde had two points and Smedley added her free throw to round out the scoring for THS.
In the first quarter, Lawrence County looked as if it may take control of the ball game, taking a 13-7 advantage with 2:20 remaining in the period. However, a pair of three-point plays by Duncan allowed Tullahoma to keep it close, trailing 14-13 at the end of the opening quarter.
Lawrence County led the majority of the second quarter, even taking 20-13 advantage with 4:21 left in the first half. However, Tullahoma rallied, as Hardin knocked down a pair of free throws and Duncan added five points, evening the score at 20 with 1:38 remaining in the second quarter.
However, Chloe Willis knocked down a shot for Lawrence County, before Macey Black added a pair of free throws of her own, giving Lawrence County a 24-20 advantage heading into halftime.
On Thursday night, Tullahoma fell behind early in a nondistrict matchup at Cookeville, but dug itself out of the hole, but couldn’t quite pull off the comeback win losing 60-49.
Cookeville put up 24 points in the opening quarter, while Tullahoma managed just nine points of its own. Hardin led the Lady Wildcats with four points in the opening period, while Edde knocked down a 3 and Bowman hit a pair of free throws.
Tullahoma again added just nine points in the second quarter, trailing 34-18 heading into halftime. McKenna Buckner drained a 3-pointer for the Lady Wildcats’ lone field goal in the second period. Duncan added three free throws for THS, while Bowman added two free throws and Sierra Neese finished with one.
Tullahoma rallied with 21 points in the third quarter, holding Cookeville to just five points, evening the score at 39 heading into the final quarter. Duncan exploded for 14 points in the third period for the Lady Wildcats, connecting on a 3, before adding a four more baskets and three free throws.
Hardin added three points of her own, while Edde and Bowman each hit a basket for THS in the third quarter.
Tullahoma couldn’t sustain that offensive momentum in the final period, limited to just 10 points in the third quarter. Cookeville was able to take advantage, securing the victory.
Duncan led Tullahoma with six points in the fourth quarter. Hardin added a basket of her own, while Buckner hit a pair of free throws to round out the scoring for the Lady Wildcats.
Duncan led Tullahoma in scoring on Thursday with 23 points. Hardin scored nine points, while Bowman added six points. Edde and Buckner each finished with five points, while Neese hit her free throw to round out the scoring for the Lady Wildcats.