There was a double coronation of champions for Christ Presbyterian Academy on Tuesday.
The first crown proved to be rather wobbly.
For the second straight year, the school captured both District 10-AA basketball titles
The girls got things started with a stunning victory over Lipscomb Academy. Faith LeGate made a buzzer beater at the end of the first overtime and Lauren Thompson’s decisive free throw with 5.9 seconds left in the second extra period gave them a 50-49 victory at Pearl-Cohn High School.
Lipscomb, which had lost two one-sided games to the Lions during the regular season, led most of the way. LeGate missed a shot from the wing at the end of the fourth quarter, which would have won the game at that point.
In the first overtime, Lauren Cagle hit three free throws, two with 11 seconds left, another with two seconds left and put Lipscomb ahead 43-40.
After a time out, Caitlin Nichols inbounded to LeGate near half-court. Under heavy defensive pressure, she heaved up a 45-foot shot that banked in and tied it 43-43.
CPA outscored Lipscomb 7-6 in the second overtime.
"I didn't have time to think, I just knew I had throw it up there,'' LeGate, a Lipscomb University signee, said. "Yes, it's definitely the biggest shot I've ever hit. "I just didn't ever think it would go in.”
LeGate scored seven of her game-high 20 points in the two overtimes and was named tournament MVP.
Lipscomb was up again in the second overtime, 48-46, after a basket by Cagle. It also had a shot to win after Thompson’s free throw but Stephanie Hamby missed from in close as the buzzer sounded.
"Lipscomb played great,'' CPA coach Becky LeGate said. "Both teams just gutted it out, and we were able to make one more play than they did. It was just a complete team effort.''
Thompson scored 16 points and had four blocks for CPA (24-6).
Cagle sparkled with 15 points and six assists. Hamby and Caitlin Cantrell added 14 and 13 points, respectively, for Lipscomb (24-7).
The boys championship lacked any comparable drama.
CPA jumped to an early lead and gradually built it into a less-than-impressive 51-40 victory over East Nashville, its third victory of the season over the Eagles.
The Lions (30-2) used a 2-3 zone, daring the cold-shooting Eagles to hit from the outside which they rarely did, and won their 18th straight game overall.
Tournament MVP Jalen Lindsey led all scorers with 16 points, which included two slam dunks, and Braxton Blackell and Jake Allsmiller added 11 and 10, respectively.
With their outside game missing, the Eagles drove inside a lot, but shot blockers Lindsey and Blackwell blunted their chances.
"We used a 2-2-1 press and backed into a 2-3 zone, and we just protected the paint,'' coach Drew Maddux, whose teams have won five district tournament titles in his seven seasons at CPA, said. "We tried to shade to their shooters. But offensively, we made far too many turnovers.''
Said Lindsey: "We wanted to step up our defense, that's where it starts. We struggled at times, but East can make you look like that sometimes. I have a lot of respect for those guys like Bobby Scott and Terry Holt. They are good players.''
Scott led East (24-6) with 14 points and Isiah Upton added seven. Holt, however, scored but two in one of his worst games of the season.
Both teams will host sectional games Saturday night.
• Hunters Lane edged Overton 49-47 to win the District 12-AAA boys championship at Cane Ridge High. Antioch stopped Hunters Lane 41-28 to win the girls title.
• The Goodpasture boys topped Sycamore 71-54 to win the District 9-AA title at Vol State.
• Nashville Christian School won its first girls district championship since 1991 by capturing the title last Saturday in the finals at Clarksville Academy. NCS will host Community in the opening round of both the girls and boys Region 5-A tournament Friday. The girls game starts at 6 p.m., the boys at 7:30 p.m.
Goodpasture at Christ Presbyterian Academy
Westmoreland at Lipscomb Academy
Martin Luther King at Sycamore
Whites Creek at Macon County
White House at Christ Presbyterian Academy
Sycamore and East Nashville
Pearl-Cohn at Macon County
Maplewood at Goodpasture