Nic Barstad drained a 3 with just over 30 seconds left in the contest, tying the score at 48, however, Tullahoma wasn’t able to hold on and force overtime in Fayetteville on Tuesday.
After Lincoln County’s initial attempt fell short, Zakyus Tate played the hero, netting a last-second tip-in as the buzzer sounded, allowing the Falcons to walk away with the 50-48 win.
Tate finished with 11 points on the night, but it was Seth Bertorelli who led Lincoln County in scoring, putting up 24 points in the victory. Barstad and Ahmad Taylor each put up 18 points to lead the way for Tullahoma.
Both THS teams will close out the regular season on Friday with a trip to Coffee County. Tipoff of the girls game is scheduled for 6 p.m. with the boys taking the floor 15 minutes after that contest concludes.
Early on against Lincoln County, Tullahoma grabbed a 14-8 lead after the first quarter, but was limited to just six second-quarter points, heading into halftime with a 20-18 advantage.
Taylor dominated the first period for the Wildcats, scoring eight points on four baskets. Race Marin added four points of his own during the period, and Sam Brock knocked down a basket of his own for Tullahoma.
Taylor added four more points in the second quarter while Barstad hit a shot of his own. Bertorelli put up seven points in the second quarter for Lincoln County, while Tate knocked down a 3, making it a two-point game at the halftime break.
Bertorelli again added seven points in the third quarter, while Tate added four points as the Falcons tied the game at 37 heading into the final period of play. Noah Sapech and Holt Richardson each hit a 3, while Alex Suszczynski added two points for Lincoln County in the period.
Barstad hit a pair of 3s for Tullahoma in the third quarter, knocking down another basket and a free throw, finishing the period with nine points. Ben Fulton added four points of his own in the period, while Taylor and Brock each added a basket.
Taylor put up four points in the fourth quarter for the Wildcats while Barstad scored seven including a late 3 to tie it up at 48 with 30 seconds left to play in the contest. Bertorelli put up six points in the final period, while Richardson knocked down a 3. Kyle Clem hit a pair of free throws and Tate ended things with his tip-in as time expired for Lincoln County.
Lady Falcons down THS 60-41
After holding Tullahoma to just five first-quarter points and just six more in the second, the Lincoln County team controlled the contest, going on to secure a 60-41 home win on Tuesday.
Carly Fee led the scoring for the Lady Falcons, putting up 17 points in the win. Millie Slayton also finished with double figures, scoring 13 points.
The Lady Wildcats were limited to just two field goals in the first quarter. Jessica Edde knocked down a basket and added a free throw before McKenzie Lenderman added a shot of her own. Fee led Lincoln County, scoring six points of her own as the Lady Falcons took a 9-5 lead into the second quarter.
Slayton knocked down a 3 and added two more points on free throws, leading Lincoln County in the second quarter with five points. Edde, Ty Hardin and Makenna Snipes each scored a basket for Tullahoma in the period as the Lady Wildcats trailed 23-11 at halftime.
Edde and Shyanne Sheffield led off the second half with back-to-back 3-pointers for Tullahoma. Hardin, Olivia McCreary and Leah Ross all scored two points to round out the scoring for the Lady Wildcats in the third quarter.
Fee led Lincoln County with six points, while Ally Hall put up four points of her own in the third quarter as Lincoln County took a 35-23 edge into the final quarter.
Slayton put up seven points in the final period of play for the Lady Falcons, leading her team to the win. Leyla McGee knocked down a pair of shots for Tullahoma in the fourth quarter, while McCreary and Snipes each added four points of their own. Ross scored three points, while Edde added two and Lenderman finished with a free throw.
Edde led the Lady Wildcats in scoring on the night, putting up 10 points. Snipes and McCreary each finished with six points while Ross scored all five of her points from the free-throw line.