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Lincoln County High School’s Falcons won in action last week against Franklin County but went down on the road to Tullahoma in a battle for the top slot in the district.
The Falcons are now 12-6 overall. In District 8-AAA standings, Tullahoma is 4-0; Lincoln County and Columbia, 3-1; Lawrence County, 2-2; Franklin County and Shelbyville are 0-4.
“The Tullahoma game was one of those that could have gone either way,” said Coach Chad Tipps. “We played hard, but we didn’t deal with their press as well as we should have – we didn’t shoot the ball as well as we have from the floor.
“At the point we’re at in our schedule, it’s important that we put it behind us and get ready for the district games this week. We’ve got Columbia and Shelbyville at home. All we can do with the past is use it to make us better.”
The Falcons got off to a slow start, trailing 15-8 at the end of one.
Both teams picked up 18 points in the second, and Lincoln County trailed 33-26 at the break.
The Falcons won the third, 15-13, and it was a 46-41 ball game.
With 1:29 remaining in the game, Lincoln County took the lead, 62-60, but the Wildcats scored their following possession, then regained the lead, 64-62, with 37 seconds remaining. The ‘Cats made the shots down the stretch, going 10 of 11 from the line in the fourth for the win.
B.J. Thompson had a career-high 35 points and pulled 15 rebounds. Ty Hadley followed with 13; Tyler Jones, 8; Justin Blackwell, 4; and Ty Lewter scored 2.
The Falcons were 19 of 32 from the paint and 2 of 18 from the arch. From the line, the Falcons were 18 of 25.
LCHS finished with 18 turnovers to 7 for the ‘Cats.
The Falcons won over the Rebels, 55-46.
LCHS was up 14-9 at the end of one with 3-pointers coming from Tradarius Christian and Ty Lewter.
Both teams added 12 to the board in the second frame. The Falcons were up 26-21 at the break.
In the third, the Falcons pulled away, winning the frame 16-7. Ty Lewter added six to the board in the period, going 4 for 4 from the line.
Lincoln County had their biggest lead of the night with 5:56 in the fourth, up by 18, 46-28 as Coach Tipps went to his bench. The Rebels hit a three at the buzzer to cut the margin to single digits, and the Falcons had the win.
Thompson finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Ty Lewter had 11; Tradarius Christian, 7; Ty Hadley and Justin Blackwell, 6; Xavier Talley-Hyde and Riley Malone scored 2.
The Falcons were 20 of 33 inside and 2 of 13 from the arch. From the line, LCHS was 9 of 12.
Lincoln County won the boards, 35-17. The Falcons picked up 17 second-chance points.
This week Columbia comes to town Tuesday. The Falcons host Shelbyville on Friday with “White Out Night” scheduled. Game time is at 6 p.m.
LCHS travels to Giles County Saturday for a 5 p.m. game.