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The Starkville Christian School Lady Cougars got a good look at their future Tuesday night and it was pretty good.
During a 38-21 victory over the Meridian Lady Flyers at home, Starkville Christian girls coach Mary Kathryn Whittle was able to get a look at many different combinations on the floor.
Even though the action was not always as crisp as she would like, Whittle was happy to see her squad enjoy some success.
"It was good for a lot of the younger girls to get some experience," Whittle said. "I told them with the older girls, it got a little bit sloppy when they were in there. It tends to be that way when the competition is not what they are used to, but I was pleased that we won the game and everybody got to play. They are getting to see what the future of the team is going to be."
Heather Koehn scored eight of her team-leading 12 points in the first quarter as the Lady Cougars jumped out to a 14-6 lead.
The Starkville Christian defense only allowed one field goal in the second quarter and one basket each by Hannah Buckner, Taylor Dunn, Charity Morris and Candice Bolden helped the Lady Cougars increase their lead to 22-8 at halftime.
Meridian made a couple of mini runs at Starkville Christian, but couldn't get any closer than the final 17-point margin.
Buckner followed Koehn in the scoring column for the Lady Cougars with seven points, while Morris and Sydney Whitehead chipped in six points each.
Whittle hopes being able to beat the Lady Flyers will start a positive stretch to end the season for her squad.
"We hope to end the season on a winning streak," Whittle said.
Starkville Christian 50,
Meridian Flyers 40
The Cougars used a 7-0 run at the end of the first half to win the final game of the night at the Cougar Cave.
With the score tied at 20, Jesse Little hit a pair of free throws, while Paul Michael Calhoun had a steal and basket, and Caleb Jordan followed a score with a free throw as Starkville Christian took a 27-20 lead at halftime.
The Cougars continued that momentum in the second half.
Jordan hit two free throws and Calhoun had a basket as SCS stretched its advantage to 31-20 with 7 minutes left in the third quarter.
"We found ourselves in the second and third period," Starkville Christian boys coach Mark Horstmeyer said. "(Tuesday night's) lesson was about the flow of life. As Christians, we're trying to provide an atmosphere where they can learn to be a team player. Sometimes you go out and life is flowing with you. They pulled out a win and figured out how to work through some of those tougher times."
The Cougars held a 44-28 advantage after the third quarter, then saw the Flyers close the gap to 48-40 with 1:56 remaining in the game.
Starkville Christian was able to hold Meridian scoreless for the remainder of the outing and Austin Foxx hit a pair of free throws to close the scoring.
"(Tuesday night) we were a better team, but we played down, but thank goodness for Paul Michael's senior leadership," Horstmeyer said.
Calhoun had a double-double for the Cougars with 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Jordan also scored in double figures with 11 points.
Starkville Christian had to deal with the size of Meridian's Ian Turner throughout the night.
Turner led the Flyers with 19 points, but Horstmeyer was pleased with the defense out of Jesse Little at times.
"Jesse Little gave us some good minutes against that tall guy," Horstmeyer said.
Little had nine points in the junior varsity game which the Cougars won 44-14. Josh Coggins led SCS with 10 points.