Powerful Lions waylay Tigers
On Friday night, the Marshall County Tigers (16-9, 6-4 District) suffered their most lopsided loss in 10 years when they were drubbed 100-46 by two-time defending Class AA state champ Christ Presbyterian Academy in Nashville.
Having lost 82-40 to the Lions in their previous meeting on Jan. 21, the Tigers task was made even more daunting by the fact that starting point guard Chris Walker and top reserve Steven Dangerfield were both forced to miss Friday's game due to injuries.
CPA takes off
That proved to be a recipe for disaster, as CPA (27-2, 10-0 District) raced out to a 30-11 lead in the first quarter before opening up a 55-25 advantage at the end of the second period.
The Lions continued to pour it on in the second half and put together a 31-17 run in the third quarter to forge a 86-42 advantage. CPA then outscored Marshall County 14-4 in the fourth period to cap their 54-point victory.
Despite Friday's loss, the Tigers finished in a tie for second place in the District 12-AA standings with Cascade, who were upset 54-52 by Spring Hill on the same night. Marshall County, however, will have to settle for the third seed in the District tournament after the Champions won the coin toss on Saturday morning.
The Lions simply shredded MCHS' defense, as they finished with 38 field goals on 56 percent shooting and knocked down 13-of-35 three-point attempts en route to breaking the 100-point mark for the fourth time this season. CPA also dished out 29 assists as a team, committed only 10 turnovers, held a 12-7 edge on the offensive glass, and outrebounded the Tigers 41-29 overall.
Long range sharp shooter Jake Allsmiller drilled six treys and led six Lion players in double figures with 20 points. Center Braxton Blackwell turned in strong all around performance and tallied 14 points, 15 rebounds, eight assists, three steals, and three blocked shots. Braxton Bonds and Sam Johnson added 13 and 12 points for CPA as well, while Micah Davis and Evan Ragsdale both notched 11 points.
The Tigers, conversely, shot just 29 percent (17-of-58) from the field overall, which included a 1-of-7 effort from beyond the arc, while committing 17 turnovers.
Junior forward Kacy Pleas paced Marshall County with a career high 20 points. Malek Sain followed Pleas with eight points and Tre Crutcher added seven points. D'Andre Brown and Jay Howard also chipped in five points apiece for the Tigers as well, while Darious McKenzie had one point.
MCHS opens the District tournament on Tuesday night when they host sixth seeded Page.