After holding a 13-11 advantage at the end of the first quarter, Tullahoma lost control of the game in the second period and was never able to battle back, losing at Warren County 67-45 on Friday night.
In the second period, the Pioneers got the offense going, using 3-pointers to do the most damage. Warren County combined to knock down six 3s in the second quarter in order to take a 37-25 lead into halftime.
Irving Espinoza knocked down a pair of those 3-pointers for Warren County, totaling eight points in the second period. Grant King also knocked down a pair of shots from beyond the arc.
Tullahoma was limited to four field goals in the second quarter, led by Krys Usleton who finished the period with five points. Ben Fulton and Will Partin each hit a basket and a free throw, each ending the second quarter with three points.
Out of the break, the Wildcats once again struggled for offense, putting up nine points in the third quarter. Fulton scored seven of those points, knocking down a basket and a 3-pointer, while adding a pair of free throws. Jake Hollandsworth hit the final basket for the Wildcats in the third period.
Lacedric Cox and D’Lano Spates combined for 10 of Warren County’s 13 points in the third quarter and the Pioneers took a 50-34 lead into the final period.
Tullahoma only managed 12 points in the final quarter, as the Pioneers won by a comfortable margin. Joe Duncan led the Wildcats with five points in the final period. Usleton added three points, while Keinen Johnson and Partin each hit a basket.
Fulton led the Wildcats in scoring after netting 14 points. The senior guard is just 17 points shy of reaching the 1,000 career point mark.
Hollandsworth, Uselton and Partin all finished with eight points for Tullahoma. Duncan added five points, while Johnson scored three points to round out the scoring for the Wildcats.
Tullahoma (2-4) was scheduled to open District 8-AAA play on Tuesday, when it played host to Franklin County. However, as of press time the result of that game was unavailable.
The Wildcats will be on their road for their next two matchups. Tullahoma will travel to Lincoln County for a district matchup on Friday. On Saturday, the Wildcats will then step out of district play and travel to Moore County.
Tipoff of the girls’ game on both days is scheduled for 6 p.m. The boys contest will take place 15 minutes after the girls matchup concludes.