Starkville Christian School boys basketball coach Alex Thompson does not take the play of senior Caleb Jordan for granted.
Even when he's not scoring, Jordan finds other ways to help the Cougars.
Jordan scored his only two points of the game with 7 minutes remaining in Tuesday's game against the Meridian Flyers, but he continued to hustle and encourage his SCS teammates down the stretch.
The Cougars broke open a close game in the second quarter and defeated the Flyers 65-36 at home.
"I would have guessed he had 15 (points), then I look down and he only had two," Thompson said of Jordan's outing. "That just shows how he contributes in other ways with his leadership and in other areas."
Russell Davis took up the slack in the scoring department for Starkville Christian with 19 points, while Jesse Little scored 14 points and pulled down eight rebounds.
The Cougars used a 13-0 run to start the second quarter to turn a 13-8 lead to 26-8.
Starkville Christian outscored Meridian 16-5 in the second quarter to gain a 29-13 advantage at halftime.
Even though the visiting Flyers hit occasional shots from 3-point range, it was not enough to put a dent in the sizable lead of the Cougars.
"We knew (the Flyers) were a good team and we'd had to come out and play hard," Thompson said. "We knew if we came and played a full four quarters with our tempo that we'd be fine. Our guys really came to play (Tuesday night)."
Along with the point-production of Davis and Little, Chris Riddle and Isaac Jamerson had nine points each for SCS.
The Cougars improved to 14-3 overall and play one of the teams that gave them one of their losses when Immanuel Christian comes to town Thursday.
"Immanuel got us the first time we played them, so we need to come out and hopefully give them a little bit better game this time," Thompson said.
In the junior varsity boys game against Meridian, Starkville Christian won a 45-12 decision over Meridian. Pitcher Rendon scored 13 points and Josh Coggin added 11 points for the Cougars.
Starkville Christian 41,
Meridian Flyers 32
Heather Koehn led the Lady Cougars with 14 points as they won in a game with a mix of junior varsity and varsity players.
After Starkville Christian had taken a 21-12 lead at halftime, Meridian cut the margin to 25-23 middway through the third quarter.
The Lady Cougars maintained a four-point advantage at 31-27 after the third quarter and outscored their visitors 10-5 in the fourth quarter.
Along with Koehn, Sydney Whitehead scored in double digits with 11 points. Jazlyn Douglas added eight points.