The Starkville 9th grade boys basketball team picked up another victory Monday night, but it wasn't just against ordinary competition.
Louisville sent its B-team squad to face the Yellowjackets and Starkville still made it look somewhat easy.
The Jackets used an 11-0 run in the second quarter to take control of the game and won a 55-39 decision at the Armstrong Gymnasium.
"'We played hard and everybody that hit the floor contributed to what we are trying to do, so we were successful," Starkville coach Tony Minor said. "Right now, we're in first place (in the conference). We want to keep building on the conference tournament."
The Jackets had a 14-12 lead after the first quarter, then the Wildcats tied the game with a basket in the early moments of the second quarter.
Arthur Brown hit a 3-pointer to put Starkville up 17-14, then after Louisville had a free throw, the Jackets scored the next 11 points to stretch their advantage to 25-15.
The Wildcats scored the final four points of the second quarter to close the gap to 28-19 at halftime.
Louisville was able to cut the Starkville lead to 39-26 in the third quarter, but could get no closer.
Brown and Tyson Carter had 14 points each to lead the Jackets.
During a 57-56 victory over Tupelo in its previous game last week, Carter scored the winning points for Starkville with 3 seconds showing on the clock.
Brown had 14 points in that game, while Jeremy Skinner added 14 points and Carter chipped in 13 points.
The 9th grade girls were also victorious over Louisville Monday night, but information on that game was not available Monday night.
7th-8th Boys Game
The Armstrong boys held a comfortable 32-8 lead at halftime in a game where they were never really challenged.
"We always want to compete and play hard," Minor said. "The main thing was we got a big lead, so we were able to rotate a few guys and give them playing time."
J.T. King led the Jackets with 10 points, while Willie Gay added eight points and Tavion Clark contributed seven points.
In a 61-42 loss to Tupelo last week, Clark was the leading scorer for Starkville with 12 points. Nelson Jordan had eight points and Tony Elliott added seven points.
The Jackets now stand second place in the conference standings.
The 7th-8th grade girls also defeated Louisville Monday night, but information on that game was not available Monday night.