Spring Hill took a four-point lead into halftime on Friday night against Henderson.
The single-digit lead did not last long.
With a blistering pace to start the third quarter, Spring Hill erupted for 56 second-half points in a 92-53 win over Henderson in District 16-4A action at Panther Gymnasium.
Spring Hill now sits at 25-2 overall this season and 3-0 in district play. Henderson falls to 1-1 in 16-4A.
The two teams battled to six ties in the first half — the final coming at 29-all with 2:47 left in the second quarter — before the Panthers built a little breathing room on an 8-3 finish for a 36-32 lead at halftime.
After an opening bucket from the Lions, Spring Hill exploded in transition and got the deep ball going in a 19-2 run amidst a 30-point third quarter. The Panthers outscored the Lions, 26-6, in the fourth.
Tyler Caron led with 21 points and added 10 rebounds to a double-double night, which featured five dunks, including a rim-shaking slam in the second quarter.
Kyren Miller followed with 20 points — 15 coming in the second half all from beyond the arc — and three assists. Freshman Jay Rockwell dropped 16 points, had seven rebounds, four steals and finished with seven assists, including four straight in the Panthers’ third quarter run.
Terrance Head finished with 13 points and Hunter Hollan chipped in nine points and five rebounds off the bench for the Panthers.
For Henderson, who hung with Spring Hill in the first half off rebounding and second-chance points, Kevin Fields finished with a team-high 17 points and five rebounds. Caleb Medford followed with 13 points and Jyaaron Fuller had seven points, four rebounds and four steals.
Latreyvious Polk had 10 rebounds off the bench for the Lions, who finished with 12 offensive rebounds in the first half.
The teams exchanged 7-0 runs to start before a three and coast-to-coast bucket from Medford put the Lions ahead by five, 14-9, in the first quarter, the largest lead of the night for Henderson.
Head took a dish from Rockwell for a 21-all tie and Caron’s slam put Spring Hill ahead, 23-22, with 5:46 left in the first half, the final lead change of the night.
Back-to-back putbacks from Fields tied things up at 29-29 before the Panthers, including another dunk from Caron, close on a 7-3 run for a 36-32 lead at halftime.
After a Medford bucket to start the third, Miller had a pair of threes and Rockwell spread it out in a dominant run early in the third quarter, which was more than enough to lock up Spring Hill’s 25th win of the season.
Spring Hill visits Gilmer on Tuesday while Henderson plays host to Cumberland.