Lions Earn Top Seed in District Playoffs
The Christ Presbyterian boys varsity basketball team has earned a top seed in the TSSAA District 12-AA state tournament that begins Thursday.
The 20-4 Lions currently sport an 11-0 record in regular season district play, with one final contest against Spring Hill set for today. The Lions beat Spring Hill 68-39 on January 20th.
CPA had to come from behind twice this week in games against Nashville Central Christian and Cascade.
Against NCC on Tuesday, the Lions got better every quarter offensively, and earned a 70-62 victory.
CPA fell behind 16-14 after the first quarter, and NCC stretched that deficit to 34-30 at halftime.
But CPA, led by the scoring of senior Clay Washburn, took over the lead by one after three quarters 49-48.
The Lions had their best quarter when they needed it the most, outscoring NCC 21-14 in the fourth to earn the win.
Washburn finished that game with 20 points to lead all scorers.
Bryce McCormick also played well, scoring 16 points. Senior Michael Mayernick scored 13 points and senior Drew Scott added 11 points and senior James Deaton netted seven points.
On Senior Night Thursday against Cascade, Washburn continued his excellent play, scoring another 20 points in leading the Lions to a 55-39 victory.
CPA again ran into a buzz saw in the first quarter when Cascade came out and scored 19 points to take an early 19-16 lead.
Both teams went cold in the second period, but CPA was able to narrow the lead to 27-25 going into the lockers at halftime.’
While the Lion defense continued to shut down Cascade in the second half, CPA had no trouble scoring.
The Lions seized the lead in the third, outscoring Cascade 19-10 in the quarter, building a 44-35 lead.
The Lion defense completely shut down Cascade in the fourth, giving up just two points in the period to run away with the victory.
Besides Washburn’s 20 points, the Lions got nine points from Mayernick, eight from Scott and seven more from McCormick.
Deaton chipped in six points, while McNeil Stout scored three points and Dean Cooper rounded out the attack with two points.