Led by its three seniors, the Tullahoma High School boys’ team fended off a late third-quarter comeback by Lincoln County on Thursday in Fayetteville, notching a 51-45 win in order to make it into the District 8-AAA Title Game.
The Wildcats are slated to play Columbia in the district title game on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in Fayetteville. The Lions defeated Coffee County 66-62 in overtime on Thursday to clinch their seat into the district title game.
With Thursday's wins, Tullahoma and Columbia also assured themselves to each be hosting a home game during the Region 4-AAA Tournament. That region tournament will take place this week; however, as of press time, the bracket has yet to be released.
After leading 15-12 after one quarter on Thursday, Tullahoma took control in the second quarter, and opened up a 31-20 advantage at halftime. Jake Hollandsworth led the Wildcats with five points in the second period, after he knocked down a 3-pointer and added another field goal.
Ben Fulton added four points, hitting a basket and adding a pair of free throws for Tullahoma. Austin Secrest put up a 3-pointer, while Joe Duncan and Ryan Scott each finished with two points in the second period for the Wildcats.
Out of the break, Tullahoma was limited to just six points in the third quarter, as Duncan, Fulton and Secrest each hit a basket. Lincoln County cut into its deficit with 12 points in the third period, cutting its deficit down to 37-32.
In the fourth quarter, the Wildcats made just three field goals. However, Tullahoma knocked down seven free throws in order to hang on for the victory.
Fulton knocked down a 3-pointer in the period. Hollandsworth and Duncan each finished with three points in the period, with each player knocking down a field goal and then adding a free throw. Krys Uselton added three free throws, while Secrest had a pair of free throws.
Secrest led the Wildcats in scoring on Thursday, as the senior put up 12 points. Fulton added 11 points, while Hollandsworth scored 10 points.
Duncan finished with nine points on the night, while Uselton added five points. Scott rounded out the scoring for Tullahoma with two points.