The Christ Presbyterian Academy’s girls varsity basketball team’s 2017 season came to an end this week with a 71-42 loss to East Nashville Magnet in the Sectional qualifier, but according to their coach, the season was anything but disappointing.
“They far exceeded expectations because of their youth,” Coach Becky LeGate said of her team, who had only three seniors on it’s roster.
“They grew exponentially. It was one of the most fun teams I’ve ever had,” she said.
LeGate went on to say that her young team really came together this year because they were so close personally.
“This team really loved each other, they loved working together, and because of that, they exceeded expectations,” she said.
It was a tough ending to a very good season for the Lady Lions. After winning the District 12 AA championship, CPA lost the Regiona 6 AA championship game to Giles County, then the Sectional qualifier to East Nashville.
“Giles played great against us, better than they had all year,” LeGate said. “You have to give them credit, they did a great job.”
And East Nashville, who knocked CPA out last year in the same game and went on to win the state title, was a huge challenge for her team.
“They have a strong program and will be very competitive again this year,” LeGate said.
One of the toughest things for Coach LeGate to deal with this year, is seeing her daughter Savannah, play her last game for CPA.
“Obviously its very emotional. The last nine years I’ve coached one of my daughters in varsity basketball,” LeGate said.
“It was amazing to see Savannah grow, what a great leader she was. Her team loved and followed her, and as a mom, that was a great thing to see. It was better than any accomplishment she could have had,” Coach LeGate said.
Savannah ended her career as the leading scorer and rebounder in team history.
“At the end of the day, I’m extremely proud of what this team was able to accomplish,” Coach LeGate said.
CPA Girls Win District Championship