Terrance Head and Tyler Caron delivered 14 points apiece, many of them in the second half, to lead Spring Hill past Marshall 58-54 Thursday in the final game of Day 1 at the Spring Hill Christmas Classic.
Earlier in the day, the host Panthers defeated Rusk, 78-35.
Spring Hill trailed by as many as 15 points, but relentlessly pursued Marshall and eventually overtook the Mavericks in the second half.
Taylor Dishman produced consecutive steals late in the fourth quarter while also draining a three pointer to vault the Panthers in front, 54-49, with just over two minutes left. The rest of the game was methodically drained by Spring Hill while Caron put the finishing touches on the victory, going 4 for 4 from the free-throw line.
Caron was held to four points in the first half, but ignited the Panthers I the second half with a two-handed stuff over a Marshall defender. It was part of a 12-4 run in the third period in which Spring Hill climbed back even on a 3-pointer from Jay Rookwell and took a 38-36 lead on a basket by Head.
Marshall responded with a surge of its own, led by a consecutive three-point plays converted by Savion Williams and Khalil Wallace. Those pushed the Mavericks back out in front, 42-39, with one quarter remaining. Wallace led the Mavericks in the loss with 20 points and Williams added 13 points.
The game see-sawed back and forth until Dishman’s defense and outside shooting put Spring Hill in front to stay.
The Panthers win Pool C and will next face Daingerfield at 10 a.m. today in their opening-round game. Marshall, the second-place team from Pool C, will begin at 11:30 a.m. today against Trinity Christian School.