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The Grace Christian School Eagles had a difficult time trying to figure out Starkville Christian's 'Riddle' Tuesday night.
Chris Riddle scored a game-high 19 points as the homestanding Cougars defeated the Eagles 66-25.
After getting 12 points by halftime, Riddle added seven more in the second half, including a successful 3-pointer to end the third quarter that put SCS up 54-20.
The play of Riddle helped the Cougars remain undefeated and improved their record to 7-0.
"We knew he was capable of that and that's the best he's played all year," Starkville Christian coach Alex Thompson said of Riddle. "If we can get that from him every night, it will be good."
Grace Christian held leads of 2-0, 4-2 and 6-4 early, but the Cougars had a 7-0 run to close the first quarter to gain a 11-6 advantage of one quarter.
Starkville Christian took control of the outing in the second quarter by out-scoring the Eagles 26-12.
"As the game went on, we kind of picked up the pace a little bit, got into a rhythm and really broke it open in the second, third and fourth quarters," Thompson said. "It was good to see them bounce back from a slow first quarter and play strong like that."
Joining Riddle in double-figure scoring for the Cougars was Russell Davis with 14 points and Isaac Jamerson with 12 points.
Jamerson's night was helped along by a pair of successful 3-point field goals.
Thompson was happy to see Starkville Christian use its strengths on the court, which led to more success.
"We had a little bit more speed and height on them (Tuesday night)," Thompson said. "It was good to see our guys use that to their advantage. I think we had 31 steals so we created a lot of turnovers and got a lot of points off that."
In the junior varsity game, the Cougars won their first game of the season by defeating Grace 32-23. Josh Coggins had 10 points to lead SCS.
Starkville Christian 37,
Grace Christian 30
The Lady Cougars recovered from an early deficit and a charge by the visitors from Winston Academy in the second half to get the home victory.
After falling behind 8-4 in the first quarter, Starkville Christian School scored the final 10 points of the frame to gain a 14-8 advantage. Maggie Hollister and Jazlyn Douglas had four points each in the run.
The Lady Cougars held a 18-13 edge at halftime, then the Lady Eagles scored the first five points of the second half to tie the outing. A basket by Douglas got SCS going once again as it out-scored Grace 14-2 down the stretch of the third quarter to increase the margin to 32-20.
Despite another mini comeback by Grace, Douglas scored five of her game-high 13 points to keep the Lady Cougars in front.
"They came out, did what they had to do and I couldn't be more happy," Starkville Christian girls coach Luke Buckner said.
The game had a mix of varsity and junior varsity players and Buckner saw it as a good chance for some experience to be gained.
"It was a good opportunity for people who don't normally get to play. They got on the court and did good job and I'm very proud of them."
The Cougar teams are scheduled to travel to Meridian on Friday.View more articles in: