Before Lawrence County even knew what happened, Tullahoma grabbed a quick 7-0 lead – thanks in large part to Jake Hollandsworth who scored those points for THS— on its way to a 75-59 district victory at home on Friday night.
Hollandsworth got off to a blistering start for Tullahoma on Friday, netting 13 of his team’s first 15 points of the game. Hollandsworth hit all three of his 3-point opportunities to start the game, and then added another basket and a pair of free throws to help give his team a 15-3 advantage with 5:04 remaining in the first period.
The teams split the final 26 points of the opening quarter, as Tullahoma led 28-16 heading into the second period. Ben Fulton added three 3-pointers of his own in the period, while Krys Usleton, Ryan Scott and Mays Snipes each added a basket for Tullahoma.
Tullahoma kept building on its lead in the second quarter, opening the period on a 7-2 run. Joe Duncan knocked down a pair of shots, while Fulton a bucket and Hollandsworth hit a free throw, giving Tullahoma a 35-18 lead with 5:09 remaining in the first half.
Duncan, Fulton and Hollandsworth were all responsible for Tullahoma’s final points of the second quarter, helping give their team a 47-26 lead at the break. Duncan scored five points in the final five minutes of the first half, while Fulton added four points and Hollandsworth drained a 3-pointer.
Uselton and Austin Secrest got the offense going in the third quarter for Tullahoma, each netting a 3-pointer. After Hollandsworth hit a basket, Fulton scored six-straight points for THS, giving his team a 61-40 lead with 1:56 left in the third period.
Scott and Uselton each added a basket before the third quarter concluded, helping give Tullahoma a 65-45 advantage heading into the final period of play.
Tullahoma netted just 10 points in the final quarter, as it secured the victory over Lawrence County. Duncan had four points in the fourth period, while Fulton, Uselton and Scott each scored two points.
Fulton led Tullahoma in scoring, netting 23 points in the victory. Hollandsworth added 19 points in the win, while Duncan also finished in double figures after putting up 13 points.
Uselton added nine points for Tullahoma, while Scott netted six points. Secrest added three points, and Snipes rounded out the scoring for THS with two points.
The Wildcats (8-9, 3-0) were scheduled to head to Columbia Central on Tuesday. However, as of press time, the result of that game was unavailable.
Tullahoma will have back-to-back games this week, first traveling to Shelbyville for a district matchup on Friday night. The Wildcats will then head to Father Ryan for a non-district contest on Saturday. Tipoff on both days is scheduled for roughly 7:30 p.m.