Krys Uselton played hero for Tullahoma on Tuesday night in the final seconds at home against Moore County, scoring a game-winning free throw and allowing the Wildcats to come up with a 58-57 victory.
With 15 seconds remaining in regulation and the score tied at 57, Moore County called a timeout to set up a final play. As the Raiders were moving the ball, Uselton was able to come away with a steal with five seconds on the clock, hustling down to the other end of the floor to try to get off a basket for the Wildcats.
Uselton was fouled going up for a shot with one second left on the clock, setting him up to hit the game-winner. The sophomore guard hit the first of his free-throw attempts, giving Tullahoma the 58-57 edge. He intentionally missed his second opportunity, and Moore County couldn’t get a shot off as the Wildcats celebrated the victory.
Up until that point, Tullahoma had trailed the Raiders the entire night. Three times in the second half, the Wildcats cut its deficit to a one-score game. However, each time, the Raiders found a way to respond, including grabbing a 55-51 lead with 1:59 left in the matchup.
This time, the Wildcats answered with four-straight points to even the contest at 55 with 1:28 remaining on the clock. Joe Duncan first hit a basket for Tullahoma, before Austin Secrest added another to tie the matchup.
Again, Moore County would take the lead and with 40 seconds left, Andrew Copeland hit a pair of free throws, putting his team up 57-55. Thirteen seconds later, Tullahoma answered, as Ben Fulton hit a put-back shot, evening the score with 27 seconds left in the matchup.
Fulton and Duncan both lead Tullahoma in scoring, as the duo combined for 32 points. Fulton and Duncan each scored 16 points in the victory.
Jake Hollandsworth added eight points, while Uselton finished his night with seven points. Secrest scored five points in the victory, while Ryan Scott added four points and Will Partin put up two points.
Tullahoma (7-9, 2-0) is scheduled to head back into district play on Friday, as it hosts Lawrence County. The Wildcats will then head to Columbia on Tuesday. Tipoff on both days is scheduled for roughly 7:30 p.m.