Starkville Academy refused to let Hillcrest Christian run away with the ballgame.
In the end, it wasnâ€™t enough.
The Volunteers kept it close for all four quarters, but in the end, the No. 3 Cougars came away with a 52-46 victory Tuesday night inside the Starkville Academy Gymnasium.
â€śThat may have been our best game all year and Hillcrest is ranked top 5 in the state,â€ť SA head coach Mark Alexander said. â€ś(Hillcrest is) two-time defending AA State champs, all the talent in the world and we hung with them. They just made a couple of more plays than us down the stretch.
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