Tigers lose round 1 to CPA
In a battle of the only two remaining District 12-AA unbeaten teams, it was the Christ Presbyterian Academy Lions who took round one, beating Marshall County 73-55 in Nashville Tuesday night.
"They are a damn good team, hopefully we will get the opportunity to play them three more times, that would be great," said Marshall County coach Arnett Bodenhamer.
The Lions (17-4, 5-0) are currently ranked No. 1 in the state and have won nine out of its last 10 ballgames, while the Tigers fell to 13-7 overall and 4-1 in league play.
CPA had four players in double figures in the scoring column with Braxton Blackwell and Micah Davis scoring 17 points apiece, while eighth-grade point guard Tyger Campbell had 15, and Evan Ragsdale tallied 10.
MCHS sits in the second spot in the district standings, one game ahead of Cascade (15-6, 4-2).
A pair of early 3-pointers by Caleb Fields and DeAndre Brown staked the Tigers to 6-2 lead, but CPA came back with a 5-0 run to go up by a single digit.
The Lions would go on to lead 16-10 by the end of the first quarter, helped by Marshall County, who would not make a field goal the remainder of the period with its only points coming on a pair of free throws each by Kacy Pleas and Quavion Harris.
Midway through the second quarter, Malek Sain hit a 3-pointer for the Tigers, cutting the CPA lead to two points at 25-23, but the Lions outscored MCHS 16-8 the rest of the period, taking a 10-point lead to the locker room.
CPA began to pull away in the third quarter as the Tigers went cold from the field and the Lions took advantage, pulling out to a 56-42 lead, entering the fourth quarter.
"We thought we were a three-point shooting team tonight, we were four of 13 from the three-point line," said Bodenhamer. "You know what we are, we get up and down the floor and score easy buckets, it had a lot to do with CPA, but some of it had a lot to do with us too."
Marshall County opened the final period with one free throw by Pleas and a Chris Walker runner in the lane, clawing to within 11 points.
Parker Howell and Pleas traded baskets before the Lions went on a 5-0 mini-run, capped off by a Ragsdale 3-pointer, giving CPA a 63-47 lead midway through the fourth quarter.
The Lions finished off the Tigers from there to claim the 18-point victory and the two squads will not meet again until Feb. 6 in Lewisburg.
"I'm gonna go talk to my guys and put a bug in their ear and let them know we shot ourselves in the foot most of the time," said Bodenhamer.
Sain led the Tigers with 17 points in the contest, while Brown netted 13 and Walker was also in double digits with 10.
Pleas contributed eight points for MCHS, Fields had four, Harris had two, and Tre Crutcher finished with a single marker.