Lady Raiders force overtime, notch a win

Coffee County’s Bella Vinson puts up a late fourth-quarter shot that put her team in front 26-24 late against Tullahoma on Thursday. Vinson finished with 14 points for the Lady Raiders, and her team battled for a 37-32 overtime win.

A fourth-quarter rally was needed for Coffee County, as the Lady Raiders rallied from a six-point deficit, forcing overtime, before notching a 37-32 home win over Tullahoma in the regular-season finale on Thursday.

After Tullahoma took a 19-18 edge into the final period of play, the Lady Wildcats built on that lead, netting the first five points of the fourth quarter. Charleigh Scott hit an early 3-pointer, while Kailyn Farrell hit a pair of free throws, helping give their team a 24-18 advantage with 4:02 re­maining in the final period.

With two minutes left in reg­ulation, Jenna Garretson came away with a pair of defensive plays to help lead Coffee County’s comeback. After knocking down a basket, Garretson then came away with a steal, adding another bucket, cutting the score to 24-22 with 2:27 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Seconds later, Garretson add­ed another steal for the Lady Raid­ers. This time, it was Elli Chumley who scored to even the contest at 24, with just over two minutes left in the game.

Bella Vinson put Coffee County in front for the first time all game with a basket with 46 seconds re­maining on the clock. However, Tullahoma answered right back with a score as Julia Duncan knocked down a jumper with 20 seconds remaining in regulation, evening the score at 26.

Coffee County couldn’t convert on its final offensive possession in the fourth quarter, despite hav­ing two shot attempts. At the end of regulation, the two teams were scrapping for a rebound when the buzzer sounded.

In overtime, Jalie Ruehling knocked down a 3-pointer early for the Lady Raiders, making the score 29-26 with 3:30 remaining in the extra period. Once again though, Tullahoma railed, and took a 30-29 advnatage. Dun­can hit a free throw for the Lady Wildcats, while Farrell added a 3-pointer with 2:35 left on the clock.

Vinson hit a free throw for Cof­fee County, while Ruehling added a basket, and Coffee County led 32-30 with 1:40 remaining in over­time. Seven seconds later, Tullaho­ma evened the score after Duncan hit a basket, tying the score at 32.

Vinson went on to score the fi­nal five points of the game for Cof­fee County to allow the Lady Raid­ers to hold on for the victory. All of Vinson’s final points came at the free-throw line, as the junior hit five of her final six attempts.

Vinson led Coffee County in scoring, after she netted 14 points. Garretson and Ruehling each put up eight points. Chumley and Mor­gan Jones each finished with three points, while Ellie Graham added a free throw.

The Lady Raiders (25-3, 12- 0) heads into the District 8-AAA Tournament as the top seed. They will begin their district tournament run on Friday at 6 p.m.

All games during the District 8-AAA Tournament will take place at Lincoln County High School in Fayetteville.

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