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CPA Basketball Teams Bow Out of Playoffs

  The Lady Lions from Christ Presbyterian Academy showed a lot of heart in their opening contest in the Division II-A Middle Region  playoffs against Tipton-Rosemark Academy.

  CPA trailed 18-9 at the end of the first quarter, and 23-16 at halftime in a contest of long-ball versus layups.

  The Lady Rebels were able to get inside position on offense in the first half, converting easy baskets.  Meanwhile, CPA was forced to throw up 3-pointers because seemingly every time they tried to get the ball inside, Tipton-Rosemark would steal it.

  Not sure what coach Becky LeGate told her players at halftime, but that all changed in the second half.

  The Lady Lions turned to their senior Addie Russell Omer and she delivered.

  The forward was able to repeatedly get inside position in the second half, and the Lady Lions dominated the third quarter, outscoring the Lady Rebels 22-6 and turn a seven-point deficit into a nine-point lead going into the fourth.

  Omer continued her poised play in the final quarter, as did Carrington Washburn and senior Lydia Summerall, who scored some key baskets and played great defense for CPA. 

“We would not have gotten as far as we did this year without the leadership of these players,” coach Becky LeGate said.

  In the end, CPA held on for a 57-45 victory.  Omer led the way, scoring 22 points in the second half.

  In the quarterfinals, the Lady Lions lost 40-19 to a very tough Knoxville Webb team.

  “They were very good and it just wasn’t our night,” LeGate said.  “That doesn’t diminish what a great season it was for our team.”

Boys Bow Out in 

Opener to Harding 

  The CPA boys varsity basketball team lost in their opening round to Harding Academy of Memphis 69-59 on their home court.

  The Lions looked in command eary when team leader Bryce McCormack went down with an ankle injury.

  “You could feel the momentum really swing after Bryce went down in the second quarter,” CPA coach Drew Maddux said.

  “He’s battled that injury all year.  He’s an extremely tough kid and you wouldn’t know he was hurting. He had it wrapped and played with it the rest of the game,” Maddux said.

  With McCormack in the locker room, Harding was able to close the gap by halftime, then take the lead in the third quarter.  

  “To their credit, they made some great timely shots from the outside,” Maddux said.

  Harding was also incredible from the free throw line down the stretch, making 25 of 26 attempts.

  In the end, Harding would hold on for a 69-59 victory.

  “I’m just very proud of this team,” Maddux said.  “We had a complete roster turnover.  To win 25 games and our eighth straight District title was incredible.”


 Maddux pointed to the leadership

of center Matt Dial, who played his last game in a CPA uniform.

  “He fought his was into the rotation last year, then got mono and lost 30 pounds,” Maddux said.

  “For him to come back and earn All-District and All-Region honors says a lot about his character.  I’m so proud of him,” the coach said.

  The Lions ended their 2018 season with 25 wins.  That is the 12th straight season with at least 20 wins.