Ben Fulton

Tullahoma guard Ben Fulton puts up a 3-pointer against Columbia on Tuesday. Fulton scored 30 points for the Wildcats against the Lions. 

After falling behind by 12 points midway through the third quarter, Tullahoma couldn’t quite overcome the deficit, dropping a 73-67 matchup at home to Columbia on Tuesday.

With 3:15 remaining in the third period, Keshawn Frierson knocked down a basket for the Lions, giving Columbia a 43-31 advantage. However, Tullahoma continued to fight, closing out the third quarter on a 10-5 run, cutting its deficit down to 48-41 heading into the final period of play.

Columbia continued to build its lead, as Dontarius Brown hit a jumper, giving his team a 64-48 advantage with 2:51 remaining on the clock. Tullahoma closed out the game on a 19-9 run, falling just short in the comeback attempt.

Ben Fulton led the Wildcats, putting up 13 points in the final two minutes, including knocking down three 3-pointers during that stretch. Austin Secrest added a 3 of his own, and also hit a pair of free throws to finish with five points for THS down the stretch. Jake Hollandsworth added a free throw for Tullahoma in the final seconds.

Fulton led the Wildcats in scoring on the night, putting up 30 points. Hollandsworth added 11 points for Tullahoma, while Secrest and Race Marin each put up 10 points. Corvion Fields netted five points, while Matthew Ross hit a free throw to round out the scoring for THS.

Columbia struck for the first score on Tuesday, but Tullahoma countered with a run of its own, taking a 10-4 advantage with 2:51 remaining in the first period. The Lions battled back, but the Wildcats held a slight 17-15 advantage heading into the second quarter.

Tullahoma held on to that lead, up until there were four minutes left in the first half, when Columbia took a 23-21 advantage after Cameron Johnson knocked down a basket. The Lions controlled the remainder of the second quarter, taking a 32-22 advantage into halftime.

The third quarter saw both teams battle back and forth until Frierson knocked won a basket, giving Columbia its 43-31 lead midway through the third quarter. Fulton put up four points in the final minutes of the third quarter for Tullahoma, helping cut his team’s deficit to 48-41. Secrest, Fields and Marin each added a basket of their own before the third period concluded.

Tullahoma (6-19, 2-9) was scheduled to close out the regular season on Thursday when it hosted Franklin County. However, as of press time, the result of that game was unavailable.

The Wildcats are next scheduled to open the District 8-AAA Tournament next week. Heading into Thursday’s matchup, Tullahoma and Shelbyville were tied for the sixth place in the district, assuring that each would be playing in the district tournament play-in contest. As of press time, a date for that matchup had yet to be scheduled.