Lincoln County High School’s Falcon basketball season came to an end Friday night, falling in a battle on the road to Lawrence County, 57-54, in the first round of District 8-AAA tournament action.
Shelbyville and Lawrence County finished the regular season tied; a coin toss matched up the Falcons with the Wildcats.
In other Friday night tournament play, Franklin County won over Tullahoma, 46-6, and Coffee County defeated Shelbyville, 62-56.
Saturday, Columbia advanced to the championship game, defeating Coffee County, 84-69, and Franklin County advanced, winning over Lawrence County, 74-62. Coffee County and Lawrenceburg will meet in the consolation game. District Tournament play was to wrap up on Monday of this week.
“We knew coming into the year they (Lawrence County) were going to be one of the tougher teams in our district,” said Coach Chad Tipps. “We battled the whole time but didn’t make enough shots to get it done. We got down by 12 in the fourth then hit some three’s down the stretch to cut it to three.
“I was proud of our effort playing an experienced team,” he added. “We did a much better job defensively this trip over there. We couldn’t pull it out but it wasn’t anything to be ashamed of – I’m proud of their effort; this group of guys have worked hard all season.”
Friday night Lincoln County was up 11-8 at the end of one. Both teams picked up 15 points in the second, and the Falcons were up, 26-23, going into the intermission.
But, the Wildcats came back in the third, taking the period, 18-9, up 41-35 headed to the final frame.
At one point in the fourth Lawrence County was up by 12, 49-37. But, the Falcons got on a run of three’s by Trevor Jean and Keller Monks. The margin got down to a three-point possession but that was a close as it would get. The ‘Cats finished with the win, 57-54.
Austin Grimes led for LCHS with 14; Tyler Jones, 10; Xavier Talley-Hyde, 7; Trevor Jean, Ryan Hall and Keller Monks, 5; Shelton Smith, 4; Fred Boyd, 3; and Quintez Perry, 1.
The Falcons were 10 of 27 inside and 8 of 29 from the arch with Grimes hitting three and Jean, Talley-Hyde, Jones, Monks and Boyd having one.
From the line, LCHS was 10 of 16.
Lawrence County won the boards, 47-38. Jones led for the Falcons with 7.
Lincoln County picked up 13 points off turnovers to 8 for the Wildcats.