Is there another school in Nashville enjoying the same kind of combined basketball success this season as Christ Presbyterian Academy?
Both the girls and boys teams are undefeated in district play with only the final week of the regular season to go. With victories in their final two games this week, the school will complete a true rarity of seeing both teams roll through District 10-AA unbeaten.
CPA’s girls improved to 14-0 (24-3 overall) when they beat Maplewood 60-35 on Friday and Pearl-Cohn 62-36 on Saturday.
The No. 1-ranked CPA boys followed with victories of their own against the same two schools — 80-55 over Maplewood and 64-54 over Pearl-Cohn that got them to 14-0 (26-2 overall).
Combined, they’re 28-0 and 50-5. The girls have won 14 straight, the boys 15 straight.
The boys have clinched and the girls need just one win to nail down top seeded status for next week’s district tournament at Stratford High.
“It’s almost unheard of,” athletic director Mike Ellson said of the possibility that both teams could go unbeaten in district play. “It’s a credit to the leadership coach Becky LeGate and to coach Drew Maddux and also to the dedicated, inspired play of the young men and women on our teams.
“But we’re not there yet. A couple of tough teams are coming up for us this week.”
CPA winds up its regular season home schedule against big rival Lipscomb on Tuesday. The Mustangs girls are in second place and hope to avenge an earlier loss.
The teams close out the regular season at Martin Luther King on Friday. MLK’s boys upset Lipscomb 62-57 on Friday.
Grand trio honored
The CPA girls saw the rarity of three players reaching 1,000 points in their respective careers total during games the past two weeks. Meredith Roman, Emily Boyd and Faith LeGate (the coach’s daughter) all hit that milestone points in recent games.
“It’s so fun to share this with my teammates who are such good friends,” Boyd, a 5-foot-7 senior guard, said after her team’s win over Maplewood, which was senior night and drew a packed house of about 1,100. “Most of us have been playing together since the sixth or seventh grade and seeing the [1,000 points] being scored by your friends is really special.”
The trio will be honored during Tuesday’s game for their offensive achievement.
“Every game it seems like it’s someone different who picks things up for us,” Boyd, who says she is interested in attending Colorado or Michigan, said. “We have had a wonderful season so far, and if we continue to play the way we have, I think we can go a long way.”
Added Becky LeGate: “This is a group which is very dedicated, very focused, and they’ve improved game by game. First, they are just good people and second, they really care about one another and enjoy each other’s success.
“I think it’s been special year for us both I’m happy about how we’ve played as well as what the boys have done.”
Boys on top
CPA’s boys recently attained the school’s first No. 1 spot in the state’s Associated Press Class AA rankings after winning a pair of holiday tournaments and finishing third in another.
The Lions hope to get back to the state tournament for the first time since 2008, when they lost in the quarterfinals.
Like the girls, balance has been a big factor.
“We’ve had several players step up for us, and [Friday], it was Parker Howell,” Maddux said.
On senior night, it was Howell, a freshman, who was sensational. The rugged 6-foot-5 post player hit an incredible 11 of 12 shots, scoring mostly on feeds after cuts to the basket, and poured in a game-high 22 points.
As for the girls’ success, Maddux said, “it is a testament to coach LeGate. She has maintained the level of excellence that coach Ellson had achieved for so many years and has added to it.”
Jake Allsmiller and Jalen Lindsey led the Lions with 16 points each against Maplewood.
“The second half, we got into a groove and played to our capabilities,” Allsmiller said. “And Parker came off the bench and gave us a big lift.”
Guard Craig Bradshaw, a Belmont signee, recently scored his 2,000th career point. He left Friday’s game after scoring 11 because, according to Maddux, “he was feeling light-headed, and we wanted to be careful with him.”
Lindsey had a game-high 23 in the win at Pearl-Cohn.
Maddux named SEC ‘Legend’
Maddux, one of the most prolific scorers in basketball school history, has been selected as Vanderbilt’s recipient of the Southeastern Conference Legends Award.
The SEC created the award to annually honor twelve individuals, one from each school, “whose accomplishments on and off the court have brought distinction and pride to their institutions and to the SEC.”
Maddux, the CPA coach who played for Vanderbilt from 1994-98, will be honored and recognized during the SEC tournament March 8-11 in New Orleans.
He is Vanderbilt’s No. 7 all-time leading career scoring leader with 1,689 points and No. 7 in three-pointers made with 226.
• Runner-up Ryan: Father Ryan lost to Memphis Christian Brothers in the championship match of the Division II duals wrestling tournament, which wound up at the Williamson County Ag Center on Saturday in Frankin.
CBHS, ranked No. 31 nationally, beat the Irish 41-22. Ryan’s Mike Hooker won his match at 170 and improved to 64-0.
The Division I individual regionals are Friday and Saturday, followed by the state Feb. 17-18.
• Cannon booms: Franklin Road Academy 6-foot-3 senior post player Bud Cannon scored his 1,000th career point in the Panthers’ 76-33 region win Friday over St. Andrews-Sewanee. Cannon scored 11 points for FRA, (26-4, 11-1 in Division II-A).
• NCS signees: Nashville Christian School had two football players — Sam Cooper (Austin Peay) and Taylor Shelton (Faulkner) — and two volleyball players — Addie Dillon-Curtis and Ashton Dillon-Curtis (both to Martin Methodist) — sign national letters-of-intent last week.
• Another signee: Hillsboro basketball star Keira Holt signed with Wilberforce.
• District tournaments: Tournament time arrives in Nashville this week. The District 10-AA play-in games, pitting the 8-9 finishers against each other, are Saturday.
The girls quarterfinals are next Monday at home sites, and the boys quarterfinals are next Tuesday at home sites. The tournament then moves to Stratford High for the semifinals, Friday, Feb. 17.
• The District 11-AAA tournament is at Franklin High, where a coaches meeting to complete pairings is set for 10 a.m. Saturday.
District 12-AAA is at Antioch High, starting next week.
The Region 6-AAA tournament is at Hillwood High.