Defensive stopper helps CPA girls reach 10-AA championship game

Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 12:13am

Christ Presbyterian Academy's girls play plenty of good defense. Once opponents get the ball inside, though, there is a final stopping point.

That comes with the presence of 6-foot-1 junior post player Lauren Thompson.

She came through again Friday as CPA drilled Hume-Fogg Academic 73-37 in the District 10-AA tournament semifinals at Stratford High.

Thompson, who leads CPA in blocked shots, added six more to her total to go with seven points for a team which shot 50 percent (28-of-56) and forced 20 turnovers.

“[I’m] a shot blocker, and an inside presence,” Thompson said. “I just want to contribute anything I can to help us win.”

That has been plenty.

CPA rolled through the district season 14-0 and added two tournament victories in the past week.

To win the title they will have to beat a very good team -- David Lipscomb – for the third time, this one in Tuesday’s district tournament title game.

"Our goal all along is to get to the state championship game,'' Thompson said. "We are a very close-knit group, and that's what's carried us so far.

“It seems like the championship always comes down to Lipscomb and us, it should be another great game.''

Guard Mackenzie Charpentier scored 20 points and led the balanced Lions (28-3). Faith Legate added 18 and Meridith Roman chipped in eight.

"That [balance] is our strength,'' coach Becky Legate said. "Really, any of our top eight can be the leading scorer on an given night.''

As for the David Lipscomb gme, she said, ''We're starting out 0-0, what's happened before doesn’t matter.''

Senior guard Kelli Smith scored 16 as Lipscomb rolled past M.L. King 55-36 in the night’s other semifinal.

"We certainly know how good CPA is,'' David Lipscomb coach Ernie Smith said. "The best thing to come out of our win is that it guarantees us a home game in the first round of the region.''
In the boys semifinals, Craig Bradshaw scored 22 points in CPA's 67-47 victory over Maplewood.

The Lions will face East Lit in the finals after the Eagles crushed David Lipscomb 66-42.