CPA's Charpentier sets assists record in state tournament victory

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 3:32pm
Staff reports

Mallory Charpentier set a state tournament record with 14 assists and Lauren Thompson had a double-double (16 points, 10 rebounds) as Christ Presbyterian Academy defeated Memphis Manassas 69-52 Wednesday in a TSSAA Class AA girls basketball quarterfinal matchup at Murfreesboro.

Charpentier broke the previous mark of 12, which stood for 30 years, as CPA (34-3) racked up 24 assists on 28 field goals and shot 53.8 percent from the field. Five others had at least one assist.

“My job is to try to get the ball to our shooters, and I was able to do that today," Charpentier said. “Also, to push the ball up the floor, look to pass and find whomever is open."

Thompson made seven of 10 shots from the field and her only two free throws. She also blocked four shots and had three steals.

The Lions never trailed and went ahead to stay early in the first quarter when Faith LeGate’s jumper broke a 3-3 tie and started an 8-0 run. They shot 61.5 percent from the field in the first half, led by 15 after the first quarter (23-8) ad by 21 (39-18) at intermission. By that time Charpentier had nine assists.

“Mallory has had several games like that, where she’s had at least 9-10 assists," coach Becky LeGate said. “Her passing is an invaluable part of our team."

Manassas (31-4), which got a game-high 23 points from Denise Johnson, got no closer than 16 points throughout the final two quarters.

Meredith Roman scored 17 points and led four CPA players in double figures. She made four of eight 3-point attempts, including the game’s first basket 38 seconds after tipoff.

LeGate added 14 points and four assists, and Mackenzie Charpentier scored 11 points.

“We were ready to go, right off," Thompson said. “And our student body was really loud, only about 30 people stayed behind in school. I need to get after them."

CPA faces Livingston Academy (33-3) in the semifinals, 10 a.m. Friday.

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