With 6:46 remaining in Tuesday’s contest, Tullahoma guard Ben Fulton knocked down a 3-pointer from the top left corner of the arc, giving his team a 46-45 advantage at home over White County.
From that point though, Tullahoma couldn’t bury a shot, missing several close opportunities at the rim. White County took advantage, ending the game on a 13-0 run and securing the 58-46 win over the Wildcats, completing the season sweep.
Tullahoma previously traveled to Sparta to take on the Warriors, losing that matchup 70-43 on Nov. 19.
After Tuesday night’s matchup, the Wildcats (1-5) were scheduled to open District 8-AAA play on Thursday, hosting Shelbyville. As of press time, the result of that game was unavailable.
Tullahoma will take the floor again on Friday, heading to Warren County. Tipoff of the girls game is scheduled for 6 p.m. with the boys taking the floor 15 minutes after that contest concludes.
Despite ultimately losing on Tuesday night, Tullahoma grabbed the early edge, taking an 18-9 advantage at the end of the first quarter. White County connected early with a 3-pointer, but Tullahoma closed out the period on an 18-6 run, led by Fulton, who put up seven points during that run.
Jake Hollandsworth also netted four points in the period for Tullahoma, while Mason Gann added a 3-pointer. Matt Ross and Aidan Wagner each finished with two points in the period.
That advantage wouldn’t hold though, as the teams traded the lead five times in the second quarter. With his team trailing 25-23, Fulton splashed home a 3, then added a pair of free throws, giving the Wildcats a 28-25 advantage with 1:46 remaining in the first half.
Grant Slatton took over for White County at that point. Slatton ended the first half with a basket, before adding three free throws and putting his team up 30-28 at halftime.
The third quarter was another battle, as the teams traded leads four times in the period. After taking a 34-33 edge with 6:30 left in the third quarter, White County went on an 8-3 run, leading 42-36 with 2:52 remaining in the period.
However, Tullahoma closed out the period with a 7-0 run to pull ahead just before the end of the third quarter. Corvion Fields buried a 3-pointer, while Hollandsworth added a bucket. With 9 seconds remaining in the period, Fulton hit a jumper that gave the Wildcats a 43-42 edge at the fourth quarter.
After Slatton put White County up with an early 3-pointer in the fourth quarter, Fulton answered with one of his own, and Tullahoma led 46-45 with 6:46 remaining in the period.
However, Tullahoma’s offense went cold the remainder of the first half, as Dyson Reece and Kegan Dodson led the way for White County to seal the win. Reece put up five points the remainder of the game, while Dodson added four, and the Warriors secured the victory.
Fulton led Tullahoma in scoring on the night, putting up 19 points. Hollandsworth added nine points of his own. Austin Secrest and Gann each finished with five points. Fields put up three points, while Ross and Wagner rounded out the scoring for Tullahoma, each with two points.