CPA Teams Begin State Tourney Run
The Lady Lions from Christ Presbyterian Academy have put together an impressive run since the District playoff began and will be hoping that streak continues tonight as they begin their run in the Division II State Championships.
“We’ve knocked of four teams that were ranked higher than us in recent weeks,” explained CPA coach Becky LeGate.
“We are new to Division II this year, and their format is different. With our recent wins, we ended up in the top 12 in the state and qualified for the tournament,” she said.
CPA began the run in the district playoffs by upsetting Ezell-Harding in the opening round. The Lady Lions were then beaten by a very tough Providence team in the semifinals before beating Battle Ground Academy in the consolation game.
In the Regional Tournament, CPA knocked off Friendship Christian 49-40 in the quarterfinals, setting up a rematch with Providence Christian.
“They are a very good team and had beaten us three times this year,” Coach LeGate said. But this night, the Lady Lions were up to the task.
Led by the steady Carrington Washburn and the fine play of senior Abbie Russell-Omer, CPA prevailed 42-38.
That set up a showdown in the finals with Franklin Road Academy the next day. Unfortunately for the Lady Lions, FRA played a great game and won 41-26.
“We started the playoff ranked 5th in the district and ended up runner-up in the regionals, so we’ve come a long way,” Coach LeGate said.
“Watching this team grow and get better and better and compete, has been so amazing,” she added.
In the boys playoff action, CPA made it to the championship game in both the district and the regional rounds.
In the district title game, the Lions bowed to host Webb School 61-49. Not to be deterred, CPA came right back in the opening round of the regional tourney and knocked off a very tough Donelson Christian Academy 70-64.
That set up a showdown with top-ranked Goodpasture in the semifinals. Led by the great play of Bryce McCormack, the Lions won that game 47-39.
In the finals, CPA was once again confronted by the Webb School. The Lions played their best game of the year against the tough team, but came up just short, losing 58-55.