CPA outscores Tigers for Region 6-AA title

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
The Marshall County fans keep the spirit up in the second half, cheering the Tigers on, but it was not to be as CPA won the Region 6-AA title at Spring Hill. Photos by Anthony S. Puca

The Marshall County Tigers stared elimination right in the face against Cascade in the Region 6-AA Tournament semi-finals, but came back from 14 points down in the last four minutes of the fourth quarter to send the Champions home.

MCHS got one more chance at the proverbial thorn in its side- the CPA Lions for the fourth time this season in the region championship Thursday night at Spring Hill where the Nashville private school won 69-49.

The Tigers fought tough early, trailing by only one point late in the second quarter and by just three points with 1:50 in the third period, but the sharp shooting Lions proved to be too tall a task for Marshall County as CPA ran away with the game in the final period.

Plan not followed

"We didn't do what we were supposed to do, that's all I can say," MCHS coach Arnett Bodenhamer said. "We had a game plan and we didn't follow it--again. But that's a great team, I don't care what you do. You can zone it, you can do whatever you want to--they can just really shoot the ball."

The Tigers were led by two All-Region 6-AA picks DeAndre Brown with 15 points, nine rebounds and five assists and Caleb Fields with 12 points and four assists.

The Lions held Tiger leading scorer Malek Sain to just seven points as CPA played suffocating defense on the Marshall County star for the duration of the game.

Good and bad

"We rebounded well, limited them to one shot on the offensive end, pushed the ball, got them a little tired and made our easy shots early," Brown said. "In the fourth quarter we stopped doing what was working for us in the first half."

The Tigers struggling from beyond the arc for the second straight game, hitting just one out of nine attempts and hitting just eight out of fourteen free throws.

Marshall County played catchup from the beginning as CPA jumped out to a 10-2 lead just three minutes into the game as Drew Scott hit three 3-pointers in the first quarter to offset six Brown and four Tre Crutcher points as the Lions took a 20-14 lead into the second quarter.

Catching up

The Marshall County fans keep the spirit up in the second half, cheering the Tigers on, but it was not to be as CPA won the Region 6-AA title at Spring Hill.

The Tigers cut the lead to three on a Fields three point play and a Sain to Crutcher pass for a lay-in on the next possession to cut the lead to one point at 29-28 with 2:20 left in the half, but another Scott bomb gave CPA a 34-30 halftime lead.

The two district rivals played each other tit-for-tat in the third period with a Fields offensive rebound and basket, cutting the lead to 46-43 with 1:50 left in the frame.

A pivotal charge call on Fields after a made basket at the end of the period that would have kept the lead at three points sent the momentum CPA's way.

"(In the) third quarter we came out on a good swing, but then in the fourth we made too many mistakes," Brown said. "We had a mental breakdown on the defensive end and couldn't get good shots on offense. We started making dumb mistakes on both ends and things started to go downhill on us."

Smothering 'D'

The Tigers were limited to just six points the entire fourth period and what was once a neck-and-neck game turned into a CPA 20-point blowout heading into the Class AA Sectional round Monday night at Maplewood.

"It's either get it done now or don't ever get it done," Brown added. "We don't have any more games like this where we lose and have another game. So it's get it now or we will be sitting at home."

Preparation

The Tigers headed into the sectional round against Maplewood with the worst record in the state of all the sectional teams on both the boys and girls side, but Bodenhamer scheduled a difficult early season slate of games to prepare his team for the competition level of the metro Nashville region if his team made the sectional round.

"I'm proud of my guys for being in this spot because like I told them today--we might be the team with the ugliest record in AA right now, but everyone thought Creek Wood was going to be here," Bodenhamer stated. "Now, it's not about just getting to the door, but kicking the door wide open. Now we've got to take care of business wherever we go so we can make sure we can take everyone from Marshall County down there to Murfreesboro."

Marshall County 14 16 13 6-49

CPA 20 14 17 18-69

Marshall County- DeAndre Brown 15, Caleb Fields 12, Tre Crutcher 8, Malek Sain 7, Donathan Tears 5, Daveyon Brown 2.

CPA- Drew Scott 18, James Deaton 15, Michael Mayernick 11, Evan Ragsdale 11, Clay Washburn 8, Bryce McCormick 6.

3-point goals: Marshall County- Sain 1; CPA-Scott 4, Ragsdale 1.