By ZACH BIRDSONG
After falling behind by 10 points late in the first quarter, Tullahoma fought back, taking the lead twice, but wasn’t able to sustain that, falling to Cascade 67-57 at home on Tuesday night.
Down 34-30 at halftime, Nic Barstad gave the Wildcats a quick advantage, putting his team up 38-37 with 4:57 left in the third quarter. After Cascade regained the lead, Barstad again put Tullahoma in front shortly thereafter, this time with 3:06 remaining in the third period, giving his team a 42-41 edge.
Just like last time, the Champions regained control of the contest, knocking down a pair of shots and taking a 46-42 edge. Tullahoma was able to even the score, but with the score tied, Jaden Russell gave Cascade a 48-46 edge heading into the final period of play.
Ben Fulton knocked down a shot for Tullahoma to start the fourth quarter, evening the contest at 48. However, Cascade countered with six-straight points, taking a 54-48 advantage.
Despite attempting a comeback, the Wildcats could never overcome that deficit as Cascade closed out the game on a 13-9 run, going on to capture the victory.
Barstad led Tullahoma in scoring on the night, putting up 22 points. Jake Hollandsworth also put up double figures for the Wildcats, adding 14 points of his own.
After trailing 22-10 heading into the second quarter, Barstad and Hollandsworth attempted to help get Tullahoma back into the ballgame. Hollandsworth buried a pair of 3-pointers, while Barstad added one his own and another basket, cutting the score to 27-21.
A brief 3-0 run by Cascade, made the score 30-21. Hollandsworth answered with a pair of 3-pointers, cutting that deficit to 30-27 with 1:52 left in the first half.
The Champs answered with four-straight points. Fulton knocked down a 3-pointer for the Wildcats as they trailed 34-30 at halftime.
Tullahoma dropped its overall record to 4-2 on the year following Tuesday’s matchup. The Wildcats will head to Shelbyville to start District 8-AAA play on Friday and then step out of conference to play at Moore County on Saturday. On both days, the girls game starts at 6 p.m. with the boys taking the floor 15 minutes after that initial contest concludes.