Despite having the majority of its players return to the court following the conclusion of football season last week, Tullahoma couldn’t find a way to get a win at White County, losing 73-40 on Monday.
The Wildcats (1-2) opened the season last week with a slew of younger players getting time on the court, since the football team was still playing and many athletes play both sports. Tullahoma opened the year with a 70-29 loss to Blackman on Nov. 13, before netting its first win of the year, beating Cannon County 61-55 on Saturday.
The first-victory high didn’t last long, as the Wildcats fell behind early on Monday and couldn’t recover. Tullahoma put up just nine points in the opening period and White County took advantage, taking a 19-9 advantage.
Jake Hollandsworth netted five points for Tullahoma in the first quarter, including hitting a 3-pointer. However, Austin Secrest was the only other Wildcat to make a field goal in the period, knocking down a 3-pointer. Aidan Wagner hit a free throw in the period as well for Tullahoma.
Tullahoma’s offensive woes continued into the second quarter, while the Warriors dominated the period. Seven different players for White County entered the scoring column, and the Warriors took a 41-17 lead into halftime.
The Wildcats managed just three field goals in the second quarter. Mason Gann and Krys Uselton each buried a 3-pointer, while Corvion Fields added a basket of his own.
White County carried that momentum into the second half, dropping another 20 points on Tullahoma in the third period. The Wildcats again managed just nine points off three field goals in the quarter, trailing 61-26 heading into the final period of play.
Quintin Howard hit a 3-pointer in the third quarter for Tullahoma. Fields added three points of his own, while Matt Ross hit a basket.
With White County already having the game in hand, Tullahoma was able to put up its best offensive quarter, scoring 14 points in the fourth period. Gann, Donavin Pearson and Sam Brock each hit a 3-pointer for the Wildcats in the final period. Hollandsworth and Joe Duncan both sank a basket before Secrest hit a free throw.
Hollandsworth led the Wildcats in scoring on the night, putting up seven points. Gann added six points, including knocking down two of his three 3-point opportunities.
Fields put up five points for Tullahoma, while Secrest finished with four. Pearson, Howard, Uselton and Brock each finished with three points. Ross, Duncan and Wagner rounded out the scoring for THS, each putting up two points.
Tullahoma will return to the floor on Monday when it heads to Murfreesboro to face Oakland. Tipoff of the girls game is scheduled for 6 p.m. with the boys taking the floor 15 minutes after that contest concludes.