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Wildcats lose at Columbia, 64-40

Posted on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 1:04 pm


Zach Birdsong


Both teams struggled for offense on Tuesday night, but a 14-2 run to start the fourth quarter allowed Columbia to run away in a 64-40 home win over Tullahoma.

With a 35-25 advantage heading into the final period of play, the Lions dominated on the offensive end, putting up 29 points in the final quarter. Tullahoma was limited to 15 points in the period, the bulk of which came from Nic Barstad, who knocked down a 3-pointer and finished with nine points in the quarter. Corvion Fields, Austin Secrest and Grant King each added two points in the final period for the Wildcats.

Barstad who knocked down four of his six 3-point attempts, led the day for Tullahoma in scoring, putting up 22 points on the night. Ben Fulton finished with double figures, adding 12 points, connecting on two his six 3-point attempts.

Tullahoma guard Ben Fulton puts up a layup against Columbia on Monday night. –Staff Photo by Zach Birdsong

While Barstad and Fulton put up double figures, Tullahoma struggled to find anybody else who could score on the night, and it took until the fourth quarter for somebody else to get into the scoring column. Fields, Secrest and King all put up their two points in the final quarter.

In fact, it was Barstad who scored 13 of Tullahoma’s 15 points in the first half. The Wildcats’ senior put up five points in the opening quarter, including burying a 3-pointer. Fulton added a basket of his own for Tullahoma.

While the Wildcats struggled for offense, the Lions only put up 10 points in the quarter, taking a 10-7 advantage into the second. In the second period, Columbia again held Tullahoma to single digits, while it put up 14 points, taking a 24-15 halftime advantage.

Barstad scored all eight of Tullahoma’s points in the second quarter, knocking down a pair of 3-pointers and adding another basket.

Fulton took over the scoring in the third quarter for the Wildcats, scoring all 10 of Tullahoma’s points in the period. The sophomore hit a pair of 3-pointers and added a pair of baskets.

However, Columbia put up 11 points in the third quarter, adding to its lead, taking a 35-25 advantage heading into the final period of play.

Tullahoma (14-13, 4-7) will close out the regular season with a home game against Franklin County on Friday. Tipoff of the girls game is scheduled for 6 p.m. with the boys contest taking place at approximately 7:30 p.m. In between Friday’s games, the senior members of each team and cheerleaders will be honored.