Coming back from a 12 point deficit at the start of fourth quarter, the Spring Hill Bears rallied with momentum to be victorious over the Lafayette County Cougars 56-54 in their final home game of the season on senior night at Spring Hill Gymnasium Wednesday night.

Coming back from a 12 point deficit at the start of fourth quarter, the Spring Hill Bears rallied with momentum to be victorious over the Lafayette County Cougars 56-54 in their final home game of the season on senior night at Spring Hill Gymnasium Wednesday night.

The Bears trailed at the end of all first three quarters of action, but provided an impressive spark on both ends of the court in the finale quarter to outscore the Cougars 28-14 and execute down the stretch for key baskets that secured them the victory to split their league series meeting against Lafayette County.

Seniors' Payton Massanelli and Cam Middleton scored the last key points in the closing seconds that prevailed a much needed win for the Bears in the fourth period.

In first quarter play, the Bears were outscored 14-9 going into the second quarter. Massanelli, Colby Light and Middleton all scored buckets for Spring Hill with a trifecta from behind the arc by senior Kaleb Blair provided the scoring the Bears in opening period play.

In the second, the Bears scored seven points with Middleton connecting on a pair of free-throws and Massanelli with a basket from the field and Hays Martin draining a 3-pointer to display the contributions of scoring for Spring Hill despite the Cougars dropping 13 points in the period. At halftime, the Bears trailed LC 27-16.

In the third period, the Bears posted a double-digit scoring quarter with 12 points but the Cougars scored 13 points to give them the 12-point lead advantage after three periods of play, 40-28.

In the fourth, the Bears saved their heroics of productive play to melt down their deficit with a load of contributing factors by the team chemistry on both ends of the floor offensively and defensively. Brady Whatley started the charge scoring the first bucket in the fourth at the 7:44 mark, followed by Massanelli that cut Spring Hill's deficit 40-32 down to the 7:17 mark. The Cougars knocked down a 3-pointer with a basket to give LC an 45-32 lead. Layne Anderson cut the lead to 10 by draining a trey behind the arc, along Middleton knocking down two trey's to bring the Bears within six points of the Cougars' lead 49-43 at the 3:27 mark. Then, Anderson made a pair of free-throws to cut their deficit to four points 49-45 and later Martin brought it back down to four points with a basket at the 2:06 mark, 51-47.

After the Cougars scored, Middleton made a basket and Martin's bucket brought the Cougars lead down to 54-51 with under a minute to play in the game. From this point, the Bears' defense stood ground with a press full-court that cause multiple turnovers for the Cougars. Massanelli scored a bucket to bring the Bears within one point at 42.7 seconds 54-53, then a key steal by Whatley to pass to Middleton with the made basket gave the Bears their first lead of the game, 55-54 with 20 seconds remaining. LC missed their shot under the basket with 8.3 seconds causing them to foul Massanelli and sending him to the line at 1.6 seconds. Massanelli made 1-for-2 free-throws that secure the Bears victory with no time lift for the Cougars to get off an shot in time.

For the game, Middleton led scoring with a big 18 points with three trey's and Massanelli dropped 15 points with one trey for double-figures. Blair and Martin (one trey) each had seven points, Anderson scored five points with a trey, Light and Whatley each scored two points apiece.

The Bears will have some momentum going into the district tournament next week hosted at Parkers Chapel.