A late foul to end the second quarter seemingly swung momentum in Coffee County’s favor, allowing the Lady Raiders to capture the District 8-AAA Title with a 52-40 win over Tullahoma in Fayetteville on Saturday.
With three seconds remaining in the first half, the teams were tied at 17. However, just before the break, Bella Vinson heaved up a 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded and was fouled during the process. Vinson went on to make all three of her foul shots, giving the Lady Raiders a 20-17 advantage at the end of the second quarter.
Out of the break, Coffee County seized control of the matchup, opening the third period on an 8-1 run, taking a 28-18 advantage. However, Tullahoma attempted to fight back with a quick 5-0 run. Julia Duncan hit a basket while being fouled, and then made the ensuing free throw, while Kailyn Farrell netted a score to make it a 28-23 game midway through the third quarter.
Coffee County responded with a 6-2 run to close out the third period, taking a 34-25 advantage into the fourth quarter. Farrell scored the final two points in the third quarter for the Lady Wildcats, knocking down a pair of free throws.
The Lady Raiders dominated early in the fourth quarter, building a 12-point in order to secure the win. Vinson netted 14 points in the final quarter for Coffee County, including hitting all 10 of her free-throw attempts in the period.
Vinson led both teams in scoring, netting 26 points for Coffee County. Elli Chumley also added double figures and put up 10 points. Jenna Garretson added eight points for the Lady Raiders, while Jalie Rehling scored five points. Ellie Graham scored two points, while Alivia Reel hit a free throw.
After winning the District 8-AAA Tournament, Coffee County will host Blackman in the first round of the Region 4-AAA Tournament on Friday. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.