Down by five heading into the final quarter, a comeback wasn’t in the cards for Tullahoma on the road, as Columbia outscored the Wildcats 23-11, garnering a 73-56 district win on Tuesday.
Before fading in the fourth quarter, Tullahoma led early against Columbia, taking a 23-19 advantage after the first period of play. Jake Hollandsworth and Krys Uselton led the Wildcats during that stretch, as the duo combined for 14 points, each netting seven points.
Joe Duncan added four points after knocking down a field goal and adding a pair of free throws. Austin Secrest added a 3-pointer for the Wildcats, while Will Partin also hit a basket.
The scoring slowed down for Tullahoma in the second quarter as Columbia took control in the period, and the Lions led 40-35 at halftime. Ben Fulton led the Wildcats in scoring in the second quarter, scoring five points.
Duncan added four points for Tullahoma, hitting a pair of baskets. Secrest added the final points for the Wildcats in the second period after knocking down a 3-pointer.
Out of the break, Tullahoma netted 10 points in the third quarter, led by Fulton who hit a pair of three-pointers. Duncan and Hollandsworth each added two points and the Wildcats trailed 50-45 entering the final period of play.
Tullahoma netted just 11 points in the fourth quarter, led by Ryan Scott who scored five. Secrest and Duncan each added two points, while Hollandsworth and Uselton each hit a free throw.
Duncan led the Wildcats in scoring on the night, as he put up 12 points. Fulton and Hollandsworth each finished with double figures as well, as Fulton put up 11 points, while Hollandsworth scored 10 points.
Usleton and Secrest each rounded out their nights with eight points for the Wildcats. Scott finished with five points, while Partin scored two points to conclude the scoring for Tullahoma.
Following Tuesday’s matchup, Tullahoma was scheduled to head back on the road for back-to-back games. The Lady Wildcats were slated to head to Shelbyville for a district matchup on Friday, before heading to Father Ryan on Saturday. However, as of press time, the results of those games were unavailable.
Tullahoma (8-10, 3-1) is next scheduled to host Coffee County on Tuesday, before traveling to Franklin County on Friday. Tipoff on both days is scheduled for roughly 7:30 p.m.