ET Basketball Spring Hill Panthers rally past Hallsville Bobcats
Dec. 5, 2017 at 10:55 p.m.
Taylor Dishman may not have been the first or second option, but he proved to be the winning option for the Spring Hill Panthers on Tuesday night.
Dishman followed in his own miss just ahead of the fourth quarter buzzer as the Panthers rallied for a thrilling 75-73 victory over the Hallsville Bobcats.
In the evening's opening contest, Kaelyn Elliott, making her first varsity start of the season, netted 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds as the Lady Panthers rallied for a 48-34 win over the Daingerfield Lady Tigers.
Shadd Berg's steal and layup gave Hallsville a seemingly comfortable 57-40 lead over Spring Hill with 1:54 left in the third period.
Kyren Miller and Casey Mudoh connected on back-to-back extra-point launches in the waning moments of the third as the Panthers started chipping away at the sizable deficit.
Tyler Caron, who led the Panthers with 26 points, answered a Ty Huff turnaround jumper with a trifecta to start the fourth period.
Miller, who netted 22 points and a half dozen treys, rained in consecutive extras as Spring Hill took its first lead since midway of the second quarter with only 22 seconds left.
Hallsville's Kobe Hogan, who had missed two free throws earlier in the period, calmly sank a pair from the stripe to tie the game at 73-all with 14.2 seconds remaining.
"We called timeout and drew up a play to get the ball in Kyren's hands. He'd been shooting the ball well," said Panther coach Ender. "They (Hallsville) defensed the inbound and we went to Taylor. He knew what to do when got the ball."
Dishman took the ball at the top of the key and drove the lane. His first shot missed the mark, but he stayed with it and got the ball off just in the nick of time.
"At first I was looking to pass it to Tyler or Kyren for the shot. I saw the open lane and just took it," Dishman said. "We've got good team chemistry and our coach keeps pushing to not give. Sooner or later you're going to catch back up."
The Panthers (7-3) never seemed to panic when things looked bleak. They just took things one trip at a time down the floor and got hot at the right time.
A couple snow-bird layups from Miller and Mudoh followed a Caron 3-pointer and started a 13-2 surge that enabled Spring Hill to claws its way back into contention.
Berg, who led all scorers with 27 points, appeared to give the Bobcats command with a pair of 3-pointers on successive trips down the floor in the final two minutes.
Jeremy Swalley and Huff joined Berg in double figures for Hallsville (8-2) with 17 and 14 points, respectively.
Mudoh was the only other Panther in twin figures with 11 points.
The Lady Panthers opened the third quarter with a 19-0 run and erased an 11-point deficit, snapping a three-game losing skid.
Elliott was accompanied in double figures by Lacey White's 12 points and 11 points from Ashlee Blake.
"The biggest thing is we got down, but came back, fought and won. That's what I've been trying to get through to the kids since day one," said Lady Panther coach Alexann Yancey.
When Daingerfield's Mikayla Roberson converted a putback at 2:42 of the second quarter, the Lady Tigers found themselves with a commanding 17-6 advantage.
Spring Hill had gone the final 1:09 of the first quarter and 6:30 of the second scoreless before Blake's elbow jumper snapped the drought.
Lady Panther senior floor leader Jayla Landrum, who was held to a season-low eight points, got the third going with a driving layup. This sent Spring Hill on a 21-2 third quarter roll.
Macy Borens took a feed from White for a 23-17 lead with 3:24 left in the frame. White would hit a nice running jumper and convert a layup on a feed from Landrum as the Lady Panthers moved out to a double-digit lead.
Spring Hill (7-6) broke the Daingerfield (3-7) press and Elliott got an easy layup at 2:58 of the fourth quarter as the Lady Panthers began to pull away.
Elliott, who started the year on junior varsity, capped her performance in style with back-to-back scores on layups.
"It felt great to be back out there with the varsity. I've really missed. I was a little nervous at first. But once I got that first rebound everything started to flow," explained Elliott.
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