Looking to keep things between the lines heading into postseason, the 14th-ranked Spring Hill Panthers rolled to their 19th straight victory, administering an emphatic 96-58 clubbing of the Cumberland Academy Knights on Friday evening on Senior Night.
It was the final home game for three Spring Hill seniors — Tyler Caron, Kyren Miller and Taylor Dishman — and what a way to go out. The Panthers never trailed and shot lights out from the field.
Caron came into the home finale with 1,634 points scored in an illustrious three-year varsity carrer. He paced the Panthers with 25 points, including four rim-rattling dunks, giving him 49 for the year.
Vencent Rockwell, who opened the game with the first eight points, wound second to Caron with 23 points. His younger brother Jay also hit twin digits and finished with 18 points.
Miller, Spring Hill’s all-time leading marksman from beyond the arc, knocked down three more treys to give him a career total 445 from 3-point land. Casey Mudoh netted six points, Hunter Hollan five, Dishman four, Kayden Miller two and Tyrese Jones one to round out the scoring.
The Panthers improve to 33-2 overall and 11-0 in District 16-4A play. They close out the regular season Tuesday at Chapel Hill and have a warmup game in Lancaster against Waco Connally a week from today.
“I’m so happy for our seniors. Those three guys have been the foundation of what we’ve been building for the past five years,” said a well-pleased Tim Ender afterwards. “They’ve been in it for the long haul and stuck with it. It’s been a lot of fun to watch them play.”
The Panthers did little wrong in this one. Vencent Rockwell used his incredible quickness to stake the hosts to a quick 6-0 lead before the visitors from Tyler knew what hit them.
Caron, standing well behind the 3-point line, launched one that found nothing but the bottom for a 15-5 lead at 3:55 of the first. The Panthers were off and running.
After hitting 11 of 14 from the field in the opening eight minutes, the Panthers went to the half shooting 18 of 28 (64%). They held a comfortable 46-31 lead and doubled up the Knights in the third.
Carom scored a snowbird jam at 4:33 of the third as the margin swelled to 54-35. Spring Hill hit half its attempts in the third and dropped six of 10 efforts from the free throw stripe.
The Panthers used a 15-2 run early in the final period to grow their advantage to 41 after Miller cranked a money ball for an 86-45 lead. It looked for a moment as if Spring Hill, which hadn’t eclipsed the century mark all season, was going to do just that. Hollan ripped a three from deep baseline and got an and one on the ensuing trip down the floor.
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