The Starkville Christian School Cougars continue to take steps toward being a well-rounded basketball program.
Starkville Christian boys coach Mark Horstmeyer sees that developing as his team participates in the high school summer league at the Starkville Sportsplex.
After not being competitive against some of the same teams two summers ago, the Cougars are playing more games close.
"Being 5-years-old, our program is creeping up and being competitive," Horstmeyer said. "We still honestly could win each game so we still have to figure out execution in the game and what that means."
Horstmeyer said Starkville Christian continues to grow as a school with five to seven new classrooms being constructed and sees that going hand-in-hand with the growth of basketball.
On Monday, the Cougars dropped a 49-44 decision to Starkville High School's 9th grade team.
Even with the loss, Horstmeyer said Starkville Christian had a better showing than the two previous games this summer.
Caleb Jordan scored 12 points to lead the Cougars on Monday and Josh Coggin added 11 points which was helped by hitting three 3-point field goals.
Starkville Christian has added new players to the mix in Josiah Phillips and Chris Riddle. Riddle had 10 points against Starkville.
The Cougars led 9-6 after the first quarter with Phillips and Riddle combining for six of the nine points.
Horstmeyer said there will be another player joining SCS so it's important to develop a chemistry.
"It takes time to learn how to make decisions and be a good teammate," Horstmeyer said. "The lecture before (Monday's) game was how to be a good teammate and how you execute as a teammate. (It's) how to assist to the next person and how to make them better."
Horstmeyer said the Cougars also need to understand the scouting report on opponents as they move forward.
"It's about recognizing the other team's strengths and understanding who has the ball, who the shooter is and who the playmakers are," Horstmeyer said. "It's about being aware."
(Editor's Note: This is a story in a series highlighting high school basketball teams participating in the league at the Starkville Sportsplex. Other teams are scheduled to be featured throughout the summer.)