After losing control of the contest midway through the third quarter, Tullahoma was never able to recover, dropping a 47-42 district game to Lincoln County at home on Tuesday night.
The Wildcats (9-14, 4-4) have now dropped four-straight games, including three district matchups. Tullahoma’s losing skid started with a loss at Father Ryan, before falling to Coffee County on Jan. 21 and Franklin County last Friday.
On Tuesday night, Tullahoma took a 26-22 lead into halftime and led 30-28 with 6:28 left in the third quarter. However, Lincoln County scored four-straight points, to take a 34-30 advantage.
From that point, the Wildcats were never able to mount a comeback, despite cutting the score to a one possession game three times. Two of those attempts came in the third quarter, when Will Partin hit a 3-pointer, trimming the Wildcats’ deficit down to 34-33 with just under three minutes remaining in the period.
Before the third quarter ended, Krys Uselton hit a basket, to cut the score to 37-35 heading into the final period of play.
Lincoln County scored the first five points of the fourth quarter, upping its lead to 42-35 with 5:21 left on the clock. Ethan Sticker hit a basket and Josiah Jenkins knocked down a corner 3-pointer to help give the Falcons a seven-point advantage.
Tullahoma attempted a comeback and scored seven of the next nine points. Joe Duncan scored five points during that stretch for the Wildcats. With 2:02 left in the contest, Uselton buried a pair of free throws, cutting Tullahoma’s deficit down to 44-42.
However, the Wildcats struggled to hold on to possession and hit baskets in the final minutes of play. Lincoln County capped off the contest by hitting three of its final four free throws in order to secure the victory.
Uselton led Tullahoma in scoring on the night after he put up 14 points. Duncan finished with nine points for the Wildcats, while Ben Fulton scored eight points.
Austin Secrest added four points for THS, while Partin finished with three points. Mays Snipes and Jacob Dixon rounded out the scoring for the Wildcats after each netted two points.
Tullahoma had this Friday night off and is scheduled to return to the floor on Tuesday when it travels to Lawrence County. The Wildcats will then host Columbia on Friday. Tipoff on both days is scheduled for roughly 7:30 p.m.