Tullahoma played spoiler on Thursday night after pulling away in the second half on its way to upending Coffee County on senior night.
Early in Thursday’s matchup, the two teams spent the majority of the first half sparring back and forth with each other. That was until the second quarter, and with 3:06 remaining in the second quarter, Jaxon Vaughn knocked down a basket to put Coffee County in front 26-21.
However, Tullahoma answered back and scored 11-straight points to close out the first half, taking a 32-26 lead into halftime. Jake Hollandsworth led off the run with a pair of free throws, but it was Krys Uselton who took over the final two minutes of the second quarter for the Wildcats.
In fact, Uselton put up the final nine points of the first half, scoring on three-straight three-point plays. The sophomore guard knocked down a basket while being fouled, and then added a free throw, before hitting back-to-back 3-pointers.
Coffee County hit the opening basket in the third quarter, but after that point, the Red Raiders’ offense was silent the remainder of the period. After Jaylon Wooten hit the opening basket for Coffee County, Ben Fulton quickly answered with a 3-pointer for Tullahoma, making the score 35-28 with 7:39 left in the third period.
Only one other field goal was added before the end of the third quarter and Tullahoma took a 37- 28 advnatage into the final period of play. Hollandsworth hit that basket for the Wildcats, knocking down a jumper with three minutes left in the third quarter.
Coffee County put up five of the first seven points of the fourth quarter, cutting its deficit down to 40-33 with 4:18 remaining in the contest. Tullahoma countered with a 13-0 run – a stretch that saw the Red Raiders called for two technical fouls – and it opened up a 53-33 advnatage with 2:15 left on the clock.
Coffee County went on to score seven of the final nine points of the game. Rod Brinkley scored five of those points, knocking down a 3-pointer before adding another field goal. Shawn Anderson added a basket in the final seconds of the matchup.
Wooten, Anthony and Brinkley all finished with seven points for Coffee County on Thursday. Connor Shemwell added five points for the Red Raiders. Kyle Farless and Vaughn each finished with four points, while Anderson, Collin Ward and Hayden Hullett each netted two points.
Despite the loss Coffee County had already locked up the top seed heading into the District 8-AAA Tournament which begins next week. The Red Raiders will open its district tournament on Thursday at 6 p.m.
All games during the District 8-AAA Tournament will take place at Lincoln County High School in Fayetteville.