After leading 32-25 at halftime, Tullahoma couldn’t sustain that advantage in its home opener, as Warren County notched a 68-62 comeback win on Tuesday.
Out of the break, the Pioneers opened the second half on a 13-2 run, taking a 38-34 lead with 3:17 remaining in the third quarter. Lacedric Cox netted eight points during that run, including burying a pair of 3-pointers that put Warren County in front.
The Pioneers outscored Tullahoma the remainder of the third quarter, taking a 48-42 lead into the final period of play.
Warren County tried to pull away, but the Wildcats found a way to answer right back, even cutting the game to a one-score contest with five minutes left to play. Joe Duncan put up a basket with 5:02 left in the matchup, cutting Tullahoma’s deficit to 53-51.
However, Warren County answered with another run of its own, outscoring Tullahoma 13-3, and leading 66-54 with 1:38 left in the contest. The Wildcats added eight points before the game ended, as Ben Fulton hit a pair of free throws, while Krys Uselton, Duncan and Ryan Scott each added a basket.
Duncan led Tullahoma in scoring, after he put up 15 points. Uselton added 14 points, while Fulton put up 11 points and Will Partin finished with 10 points.
Jake Hollandsworth added six points, while Scott finished with four points. Mays Snipes rounded out the scoring for Tullahoma, finishing with two points.
At the end of the first quarter, the Wildcats trailed 12-10, but grabbed the lead midway through the second period. Duncan added a field goal and then a free throw, to put Tullahoma in front 19-16 with 3:44 left in the first half.
Duncan added a pair of baskets, while Partin added six points, including burying a 3, to give Tullahoma a 29-21 advantage with 47 seconds remaining before halftime. Just before the buzzer, Uselton added a 3-pointer, giving Tullahoma a 32-25 lead at the end of the second quarter.
Prior to Tuesday night, the Wildcats had won their last two matchups in a doubleheader on Saturday at Clarkrange. Tullahoma first defeated Livingston Academy 70-61, before beating Clarkrange 61-30.
Against Livingston Academy, the Wildcats trailed 48-46 entering the final quarter of play. However, Tullahoma netted 24 points in the final quarter of play, to notch the victory.
Austin Secrest led the Wildcats with 10 points in the final period, knocking down four field goals and a free throw. Fulton added six points, all of which came from the free throw line.
Partin added six points, hitting a pair of baskets, while adding two free throws. Hollandsworth rounded out the scoring with two points in the quarter.
Secrest netted 18 points in the victory. Fulton added 13 points, while Partin put up 10 points.
Uselton finished with points, while Hollandsworth totaled seven points. Duncan, Scott and Jacob Dixon each had four points, while Keinen Johnson added two points.
Against Clarkrange, Tullahoma dominated early, limiting the Buffaloes to 11 first-half points, taking a 27-11 advantage. The Wildcats kept building on that lead in the second half, with 34 points in the final two quarters.
Secrest and Scott each finished that matchup with 11 points. Duncan added eight points, while Fulton and Hollandsworth each had seven points.
Snipes had six points, while Dixon put up four points. Partin and Uselton each finished with two points, while Johnson hit a free throw.
Tullahoma (2-2) will travel to Lebanon on Tuesday, before heading to Warren County on Friday. On both days, tipoff of the girls game is scheduled for 6 p.m. with the boys taking the floor 15 minutes after those contests conclude.