Having the chance to clear the bench and get reserves meaningful minutes is something that pleases a coach.
Spring Hill’s Tim Ender was afforded that luxury Tuesday night as the state-ranked Spring Hill Panthers rolled to a 94-48 victory over the Bullard Panthers in the 16-4A DII opener for both schools.
Hunter Hollan, a junior transfer from Hallsville and freshman Jay Rockwell each netted a season-high 17 points, while Tyler Caron finished with 15, Casey Mudoh 14 and Terrance Head 13.
Bullard was led by senior guard Robbie Peacock’s 12 points all of which came in the second half. Senior forwards CJ Gardner and Dustin Dover both dropped in 11 points in the losing effort.
“Tonight was fun for the kids. We came and played really hard. I don’t think we played as good as we could have. But it’s nice to get that first district win behind you and move forward,” said Ender.
It was a milestone evening for senior sharpshooter Kyren Miller, who sank his 400th career 3-pointer, placing him in the Top 20 nationally among high school players.
“I wanted Kyren to go on and get that 400th three. What he’s been able to do for this program for four years is truly amazing. He’s a kid with outstanding character,” Ender lauded.
Whether or not Miller would reach 400 was the suspense remaining in the game as Spring Hill ballooned out to a insurmountable 36-point lead. Miller, who only took four shots all evening, calmly sank his 400th trifecta from top of the circle with 4:07 remaining.
Spring Hill (1-0, 17-2) jumped out to a 19-9 first quarter lead on 9 of 17 shooting from the floor. Miller’s first money ball 18 seconds in got the show started. Bullard (0-1, 7-11) found itself forced into several turnovers in the first quarter and parlayed into easy buckets in transition from Rockwell, Mudoh and Caron.
A nice outlet pass from Miller was converted into a easy bucket and foul by Caron, who dropped the free throw for a 22-9 cushion with not even 15 seconds gone in the second.
Martavion Allen’s bucket at 7:36 of the half would be Bullard’s last points for over four and a half minutes. Spring Hill went on a 10-0 run with driving layups from Mudoh and Head. Caron stole the ball near mid court, took it down the lane and had a spinning slam for a commanding 30-11 margin.
Spring Hill went to the break connecting on 53 percent of its shots from the field, while Bullard was far less successful misfiring on 16 of its 23 attempts for 30 percent.
After playing it square in the third, Spring Hill exploded for 30 in the fourth and threatened the century mark. Spring Hill is on the road Friday against Kilgore, while Bullard returns home to host Cumberland Academy.