Despite leading at the end of the second and third quarters at home on Saturday, Tullahoma had to fend off a Shelbyville team that would not go away in the District 8-AAA Tournament Play-In Game. The Wildcats were able to do exactly that, ending the Golden Eagles’ season with a 53-50 win.
Tullahoma (8-19, 4-9) was next scheduled to head to Columbia to take on the Lions on Tuesday. However, as of press time, the result of that game was unavailable.
If the Wildcats won that matchup, they would travel to face Lawrence County in Lawrenceburg on Friday at 7:30 p.m. From that point, all of the remaining District 8-AAA Tournament games will take place at Lawrence County High School.
Austin Secrest and Ben Fulton did all of the scoring for Tullahoma in the first quarter on Saturday. Both Fulton and Secrest hit a pair of 3-pointers, and the Wildcats trailed 15-12 at the end of the opening period.
Fulton and Secrest again did all of the scoring for Tullahoma in the second quarter, combining for 11 points in the period. Secrest connected on a 3-pointer, before Fulton hit a pair of 3s and then added two free throws, as the Wildcats took a 23-22 edge into halftime.
Three additional players got into the scoring column for Tullahoma in the third quarter, as Matthew Ross, Jake Hollandsworth and Race Marin put up points in the period. Marin led the Wildcats with five points, knocking down a 3 and then adding another basket.
Hollandsworth and Secrest each finished the third quarter with three points, while Ross scored two, giving THS a 36-30 edge heading into the final period of play.
Fulton led the Wildcats in the final quarter, scoring 12 points. The junior guard knocked down a pair of shots, then added eight of nine free-throw attempts in the fourth period.
Secrest added three free throws of his own for Tullahoma, while Marin made a pair, helping the Wildcats seal the victory.
Fulton led Tullahoma in scoring on the night, putting up 26 points in the victory. Secrest also added double figures, finishing with 15 points. Marin scored seven points, while Hollandsworth netted three and Ross rounded out the scoring for the Wildcats with two points.