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Spring Hill boys pounce on Bullard

George Whitley

By George Whitley
Jan. 12, 2018 at 11:13 p.m.

A pure shooter in basketball, much like a quarterback in football, has to have a short memory. They can't dwell on the last shot taken. Their focus must be on the next shot to come.

Spring Hill's Kyren Miller is just such a player. Friday night the junior marksman tallied 11 of his game-high 25 points in the fourth quarter of a 75-51 District 15-4A opening game victory over Bullard.

The Panthers carried a slim 48-45 lead to the final period when Miller dropped the final of his three treys just 12 seconds into action.

Spring Hill connected on its first four field goals in the fourth, including trifectas from both Miller and Tyler Caron, who pitched in 20 points for the victorious Panthers.

In the evening's preliminary match, Bullard freshman Bailey Smith rained down 26 points, including seven 3-pointers in a 59-36 triumph over the Spring Hill Lady Panthers.

Panther coach Tim Ender had been expecting his team to start in the fashion which they finished. But the first three quarters were a hotly contested back-and-forth affair with eight lead changes and five ties.

"It was a great fourth quarter for us. I think we came out with a little bit of nerves," Ender said. "But I think as we got deeper in the game, the kids settled down, relaxed and played our game."

Spring Hill finished the fourth quarter eight of 13 from the floor, outscoring Bullard 30-9 over the final eight minutes of play.

The Panthers broke open a close game with a 17-0 run over the first four minutes of the decisive quarter.

After Caron's extra-pointer at 5:47, Kiante Stoker powered in a layup, while Taylor Dishman made a steal at halfcourt and converted an easy bucket for a 62-42 lead.

Spring Hill would shoot 51 percent from the perimeter, while Bullard connected on 41% of its attempts.

Miller attributed the fourth-quarter uprising to Spring Hill's tenacious play on both ends of the floor.

"I think we became more aggressive as a team. We started attacking the basket and getting to the line," explained Miller, who was a perfect 12 of 12 from the stripe.

"This is really a great win for us. Our fans got into it tonight. It's big to start district with a win, but it's one game at a time for us."

While Miller and Caron netted double figures, Stoker finished with nine, Dishman had seven, Casey Mudoh five, Exavier Hinton three, while Ryan Willis, Zach Tulpa and Jason Mudoh all finished with two points.

The Panthers (13-10, 1-0) play host to Gladewater Tuesday night.


Bullard heated up after the break by dropping four of its first six shots from the field. All four of the buckets were 3-pointers as the lead swelled from 26-16 to 42-16 in a mater of six minutes.

Syndey Foster joined Smith in twins with 13 points, including two from beyond the arc. Bullard managed a total of 10 from 3-point territory.

Jayla Landrum led the way for Spring Hill in defeat with 15 points. Ashlee Blake chipped in eight, Lacey White five, Kristen Stewart and Tyler Newman each had three, while Macy Borens finished with two points.

The Lady Panthers (10-13, 0-3) will look to nab their first loop victory Tuesday night when they host Gladewater.

(Follow George Whitley on Twitter: @GPigskinprof)



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