Preps: CPA hoops teams look to maintain winning ways through another district season

Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 10:20pm

Already stocked full of firsts on the eve of the district tournament, the Christ Presbyterian Academy basketball teams are on the verge of making even more remarkable history.

Last year, the CPA boys and girls teams each went 16-0 in regular season district play. Both eventually won Class AA state championships.

Going into Thursday night games at Hume-Fogg at old TPS, both were big favorites and two games away, respectively, from another district double. They improved to 14-0 in 10-AA following victories at Lipscomb Academy on Tuesday.

The regular season ends with Friday’s senior night home games against M.L. King, teams both conquered earlier on the road.

“We still have two games left, and I don’t want to presume anything,” girls coach Becky LeGate said Wednesday. “I’ve loved how our team has come along so well. Everyone has bought into our defense, which has improved as the season has gone along, and the girls are so competitive.

“[Finishing unbeaten in district] would be a wonderful achievement, but we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves.”

Since Nov. 20, 2011, CPA’s boys are undefeated against Tennessee teams and haven’t lost a home game. In each case their last defeat was in the same game against Clarksville Northeast and Alex Poythress, now a star at the University of Kentucky.

The Lions may be even more dominant this year.

“[Finishing unbeaten] would be wonderful,” coach Drew Maddux said. “It speaks to the excellence that we have been able to maintain for a long time.

“Our guys’ mindset is very focused to be good in all areas, trying to be strong in all the little things, the little details. Each game, when the lights come on, they have given their best. We don’t always play great, but the determination to do well is consistently there.”

The District 10-AA coaches met Thursday morning to set the tournament brackets. Both CPA teams already had clinched top seeds.

The girls play at home 6:30 p.m. Monday against Saturday’s Maplewood-Stratford winner, and the boys play at home 6:30 p.m. Tuesday against the Whites Creek-Hume Fogg winner.

All quarterfinal winners advance to the semifinals next Friday at Pearl-Cohn.

• Myers honored: Battle Ground Academy baseball coach Brad Myers will be honored between games of the Wildcats’ doubleheader against Ensworth on Friday at BGA.

Myers’ team won the Division II-AA state baseball championship last May in Murfreesboro. He was also named Tennessee Baseball Coaches DII-AA coach of the year, the TSSAA state baseball coach of the year (all divisions) and coach of the year for the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Division III Region, which includes six states.

• Ryan finishes third: Father Ryan was ranked third in the final state coaches wrestling poll released this week. The Irish finished runner-up to top ranked Christian Brothers in the DII duals Saturday in Franklin.

Montgomery Bell Academy was 12th in the final poll.

BASKETBALL SCHEDULE

Thursday’s games

Christ Presbyterian Academy at Hume-Fogg, at old TPS

Friday’s games
Antioch at Cane Ridge
Baylor at Brentwood Academy
Greenbrier at Goodpasture
Ensworth at Battle Ground Academy
Pope JPII at Father Ryan
Hunters Lane at McGavock
Stratford at East Nashville
Overton at Glencliff
Hillsboro at Centennial
Hume-Fogg at Lipscomb Academy
Girls Prep School at Harpeth Hall
M.L. King at Christ Presbyterian Academy
McCallie at Montgomery Bell Academy
Nashville Central Christian at Hillwood
Whites Creek at Pearl-Cohn

DII-A District tournament at Franklin Road Academy

Saturday’s games
Harpeth Hall at Hillsboro (girls)
Montgomery Bell Academy at Hillsboro (boys)
McGavock at Franklin

DII-A District tournament at Franklin Road Academy

District 10-AA play-in games
Stratford at Maplewood, girls, 6:30 p.m.
Whites Creek vs. Hume-Fogg, boys, 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday’s games
(Division II regular season)
Brentwood Academy at Father Ryan
Harpeth Hall at Battle Ground Academy (girls)
Montgomery Bell Academy at Battle Ground Academy (boys)