Tullahoma basketball closed the regular season with a pair of wins over district rival Lincoln County on Senior Night Thursday.
Motivated to send out their five seniors with a win and avenge a loss earlier in the season to the Lady Falcons, the Lady Cats used a dominate second quarter, outscoring Lincoln County 14-3, to build an 11 point halftime lead. The Lady Falcons surged back in the second half but led by Seniors Eleanor Fults (14 points) and Lucy Nutt (11 points) Tullahoma held on for a 50-44 win and split of the season series with Lincoln County.
Molly Brown paced Lincoln County with a game high 15.
The win moves the Lady Cats to 16-10 overall and 7-3 in district play. The Lady Falcons, who had already secured the regular season 8-3A title fell to 22-4 overall and 8-2 in the district.
Lincoln County, who wrapped up the regular season district title prior to Thursday’s game is the top seed in next week’s district tournament. They will face the Page/Spring Hill winner Friday in the 8-3A semifinals at 3:30 at Lawrence County High School. They have also qualified for the Region 4-3A Tournament.
Tullahoma won the tiebreaker with Lawrence County and will be the two seed in the district tournament. They will open the postseasonin the 8-3A semifinals against the Lawrence County/Marshall County winner next Friday at 6:30 at Lawrence County High School . As the two seed they have also qualified for the Region tournament.
In the night cap the Wildcats and Falcons swapped the lead for most the night in a tight contest before Lincoln County pulled out by four heading into the final quarter. Tullahoma was able to battle back to take a two point lead late and hold off the Falcons final push to pick up a 50-46 win.
Xavier Ferrell led all scorers in the game with 17 points. Jackson Mullins paced Lincoln County with 14.
The victory gives the Wildcat a final regular season record of 8-18 overall and 3-7 in district action. The Falcons fall to 4-20 on the season and 1-8 on 8-3A.
Tullahoma is the five seed in the district tournament and will try to extend their season Tuesday at Spring Hill. Lincoln County is also on the road in a win or go home game at Marshall County Tuesday night. Both contest tip off at 7:00.
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2023 District 8-3A Tournament Schedule
Monday February 13th Girls First Round
#5 Spring Hill at #5 Page 6:00
#6 Marshall County at #3 Lawrence County 7:00
Tuesday February 14th Boys First Round
#6 Lincoln County at #3 Marshall County 6:00
#5 Tullahoma at #4 Spring Hill 7:00 (LIVE on 93.9 The Duck)
Friday February 17th Girl’s Semifinals (at Lawrence County High School)
Page/Spring Hill Winner vs #1 Lincoln County 3:30
Lawrence County/Marshall County Winner vs #2 Tullahoma 6:30 (LIVE on 93.9 The Duck)
Boy’s Semifinals (at Lawrence County High School)
Spring Hill/Tullahoma winner vs #1 Page 5:00
Lincoln County/Marshall County Winner vs Lawrence County 8:00
Monday February 20th (at Lawrence County High School)
Girl’s Consolation Game 6:00
Girl’s Championship Game
Tuesday February 21st (at Lawrence County High School)
Boy’s Consolation Game 6:00
Boy’s Championship Game 7:30