GRIFFIN - With their best player unavailable, the Lafayette Christian School Cougars needed someone to fill the void.
Blake Spradlin obliged.
With David Curry and his 15 points per game out, Spradlin had a career night to help the Cougars play step-for-step with Skipstone Christian Thursday night.
Spradlin poured in 25 points, but it wasn’t quite enough to help the Cougars pull off the road win.
Skipstone Christian held on for a 48-43 victory, but Spradlin’s performance helped the Cougars make a game of it.
“We really needed someone to step up,” Lafayette Christian head coach Rene Gomez said. “(Spradlin) took it upon himself. He was one of our most aggressive players going to the rim, getting fouled, and he hit some key shots.”
Aaron Dixon added nine points for the Cougars, who fought back from a 13-point deficit in the third quarter to have a chance to win.
“We played tough,” Gomez said. “We could have easily folded without our best player. The guys really stepped up to the plate.”
Gomez said Chaz Benefield “played great defense for us,” and he also collected six rebounds.
“He’s really, really playing well on defense,” Gomez said. “He’s kind of our defensive stopper.”
In the girls’ game, Lafayette Christian lost 39-36.
Morgan Douglass led the Lady Cougars with 14 points, and eighth-grader Kory Kloster added eight points.
Another eighth-grader, Abby Hudson, had five steals.
“Those two eighth-graders are playing some big minutes,” Gomez said.