By DANNY P. SMITH
The Hebron Christian School Eagles were happy to see a close game go their way, while the Starkville Christian School Cougars fought back, but couldn't close out.
In boy's Christian school basketball action prior to the Christmas break, Hebron defeated Starkville Christian 48-46 at the Cougar Cave.
SCS rallied from a 28-18 halftime deficit to take a 42-40 lead on a basket by Ben Jamerson with 4:40 remaining in the game, but the homestanding Cougars were out-scored 8-4 down the stretch and a winning shot attempt by Chris Horstmeyer fell off the mark.
""It was my fault at the end because we ran out of timeouts," Starkville Christian coach Mark Horstmeyer said. "I tried to tell them to make sure Caleb (Jordan) gets the ball at the end and they didn't hear it.
"What we talked about is when I say something on the sideline, it's like a boss at work. When they say they didn't hear, well, you've got to listen. If you do that at work, the boss will say you go find another job tomorrow. We're trying to relate these instances on the court to every day life and put it into practice."
The Cougars jumped out to a 4-0 lead after two free throws by Paul Michael Calhoun and a bucket by Jamerson.
After Hebron scored its first basket of the game, Jordan scored to give the Cougars a 6-2 advantage.
The visiting Eagles held 10-point leads of 17-7 after the first quarter and 28-18 at halftime.
Jordan launched a 3-pointer at the buzzer to close the gap at halftime.
Starkville Christian out-scored Hebron 20-10 in the third quarter to tie the game at 38-38.
"I liked the poise in coming back," Mark Horstmeyer said. "We didn't have two of our starters in Jesse (Little) and Austin (Foxx) and it took a little bit for other guys to step up, but they held their own and came back there."
Jordan led the Cougars with 15 points, while Calhoun had a double-double of 14 points and 14 rebounds.
For Hebron, Will-Corbin Rogers scored 16 points and David Kinard was also in double figures with 10 points.
Coach Tri Nason said his Eagles, who improved to 7-6, were rewarded for putting forth the extra effort.
"It was just hard work," Nason said. "You get in a close game like that, it depends on the five out there and what they are willing to put out to get it. The five out there decided to go after it.
"We've been losing a lot of close games and to win one is always good for us. Winning one right before Christmas break is even better."
Collin Moore scored 10 points as Hebron also won the junior varsity boys game 36-33.
Hebron Christian 55,
Starkville Christian 26
The visiting Lady Eagles jumped out to a 13-0 lead after the first quarter and never looked back.
Tori Nichols led Hebron with 16 points, while Alaina Hill added 15 points.
Sydney Whitehead hit three 3-point field goals in the fourth quarter for the Lady Cougars and finished with 11 points. Hannah Buckner was next in the scoring column with eight points.
Heather Koehn, who had three points in the varsity game, led Starkville Christian with 10 points in the junior varsity contest, but the Lady Cougars lost a 33-20 decision. Rebekkah Falkner had 15 points for the Lady Eagles.