SPRING HILL — The last time Springstead set foot on the floor, the team was competing for a state title at the Lakeland Center.
This was a vastly different game and a vastly different roster, but the Eagles were back to their successful ways with a 50-42 victory over Hernando on Tuesday night at home.
The inexperienced Eagles (1-0) were led by their only experienced player, senior point guard Nick Steadman.
Steadman is the lone returner who played significant minutes for the state final team last season. While he is playing with a torn medial collateral ligament in his left knee, Steadman contributed 18 points, five rebounds and a game-high six steals.
"Nick is such a gamer," Springstead coach Steve Thompson said. "He's used to winning, and that spills into his play on the court."
Thompson, a Tennessee native with 421 career prep victories, was on the bench for the first time, replacing former Springstead coach Pat Kelly. He was especially impressed with the contribution he got from a player who was competing at the varsity level for the first time.
Springstead sophomore Will Hall, a transfer guard from Mississippi, scored 18, including two 3-pointers. He and Steadman are being counted on to bring along what was an otherwise stagnant Springstead offense for much of the game.
"(Hall) is a very raw basketball player," Thompson said. "He hasn't played anywhere the past couple of years, but he should be a real factor for us offensively."
Hernando forward Corey Thomas was the standout for the Leopards (0-1), finishing with a team-high 18 points and 10 rebounds.