Second half adjustments often determine the outcome of several different sporting games.
This was the case on Friday night, as District 8-AAA rival Tullahoma defeated the Franklin County Rebelettes girls’ basketball team 62-50.
Don’t be fooled by the final score, for at least half of the game Franklin County was in the driver’s seat.
Early on the game seemed to be flowing in the right direction for the Rebelettes. A back and forth first quarter resulted in a 12-11 lead for Tullahoma’s Lady Wildcats.
The Rebelettes, who outscored the Lady Wildcats 15-9 in the second quarter, soon took that lead away.
Franklin County’s Rebelettes seemed to be in good spirits, heading into halftime with a five point lead, 26-21.
Danielle Jordan was in full stride in the first half, leading the Rebelettes in scoring with 10 early points.
Shots in the paint didn t come easy for the Rebelettes on Friday night. Here, senior Danielle Jordan gets off a shot as she falls backward. The ball goes just over the Tullahoma defenders outstretched arms.
What would happen in the third quarter would deflate the Rebelettes quickly.
After giving up a total of 21 points combined in the first two quarters, Tullahoma went on a tear right out of the break, outscoring the Rebelettes 24-9.
The third quarter scoring outburst by the Lady Wildcats more than doubled their score, and gave them the lead at 45-35.
The Rebelettes pulled back together slowly in the game’s final quarter but were still outscored 17-15, making the final score 62-50.
The loss marks the first time that the Rebelettes have been defeated when scoring at least 50 points this season.
Leading in scoring in the loss was Jordan, finishing with 16 points, including going an impressive 10-of-14 from the free-throw line.
Sophomore guard Becca Caroland hit four three-pointers, adding 14 points and sophomore Laura Henley scored eight points.
Other than Jordan’s successful night from the free throw line, the Rebelettes struggled. The rest of the Rebelettes shot a combined 50 percent from the line, going 8-of-16.
The loss continues an unwanted streak for the Rebelettes, marking their fifth consecutive loss.
Coach Tom Insell, and his team are still looking for that elusive first win of the new year.
Tonight the team will get an opportunity against another district Lady Wildcats’ team — the Lawrence County Lady Wildcats.
Franklin County is set to host the match up with a 6 p.m. tip-off.
In the two teams’ previous meeting, the Rebelettes pulled off possibly their best win of the season over the then ranked Lady Wildcats, winning 50-49.
The Rebelettes are hoping for a repeat in tonight’s action, but it won’t be a cakewalk. Lawrence County’s Lady Wildcats boast an overall record of 14-6 and 4-3 in district play.
Action gets underway tonight in Franklin County with tip-off at 6 p.m.