Preps: Whites Creek girls ready to test themselves against district, state champs

Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 11:01pm

Are the Whites Creek girls ready for prime time? They will know soon.

Within a space of eight days, the Cobras will find out exactly where they stand in the District 10-AA race when they play defending Class AA state champion Christ Presbyterian Academy on Friday night at home and again Feb. 2 on the road.

“It’s an opportunity for us to grow up as a team,” Whites Creek coach Antoine Buchanan said. “It’s the biggest game because it’s the next one on the schedule. Every game in this district is a big game.”

CPA continues to lead the district at 9-0 (15-4 overall), with Whites Creek right behind at 8-1 (15-4 overall). Whites Creek’s lone loss was at Lipscomb, a team it beat earlier. Last Friday, the Cobras held on to second with an exciting 56-53 victory over M.L. King.

Whites Creek and CPA haven’t played this season because they had a recent game postponed due to the weather, which necessitated the change to Feb. 2.

CPA hasn’t lost a district game since 2011 (the Lions were 16-0 last year) and has won six straight since Christmas. Whites Creek has won five of its last six.

“They (CPA) are still the state champions, and they will be until someone comes along and proves they are better,” Buchanan said. “I really respect their program.”

What he hopes is for his team to continue to protect its home court, where it is unbeaten in eight games.

“Winning at home has been a focus for us, something we’ve tried to establish since I’ve been here,” he said. “It’s another plus for us as we are continuing to grow as a team.”

Asked about keys to the game, Buchanan said, “First, we have to rebound, and we have to be patient offensively. They have some good 3-point shooters, and our defense has be conscious of that.

“I expect the second game to be different from the first. We will have film on them, and they will have film on us, and we’ll each make adjustments.”

Senior Alexis Lang leads the Cobras in scoring at 16.5 points per game, while guard Dereese Owens at averages 12.5 and five assists per game.

Lipscomb University signee Faith LeGate (14 points per game) and center Lauren Thompson, a Belmont signee, (12 points per game) lead CPA.

• Sold out: Christ Presbyterian Academy officials have announced the boys/girls games with Ensworth on Saturday are sold out. More than 500 pre-sale tickets were snapped up over the past two days.

Officials said there would be no walk-up admission. The girls game tips at 6 p.m. followed by the boys at 7:30 p.m.

CPA’s girls are defending Class AA state champs and and Ensworth reached the Division II state tournament last year. Both CPA (Class AA) and Ensworth (Division II-AA) are reigning boys state champions.

• NCS on top: Behind a 25-point fourth quarter, Nashville Christian School thumped Houston County 61-46 Tuesday and moved into first place in the District 10-A girls race.

NCS (12-7) is 11-0 in the district, ahead of Houston County, 9-1. Kendall Lewis led with 16 points and five assists. Bailey Maddox (14) Kayla Baker (13), and Natalie Irwin (11) also scored in double figures.

 Top match: Father Ryan will host rival Montgomery Bell Academy, 7 p.m. Saturday,  in one of the big wrestling matches of the season. Ryan is ranked No. 3, MBA No. 11 in this week’s state coaches wrestling poll.

The state duals are next week.

Friday’s games

Brentwood Academy at Battle Ground Academy
Cane Ridge at Hillwood
Christ Presbyterian Academy at Whites Creek
Davidson Academy at Riverside Christian Academy
Glencliff at Stratford
Hunters Lane at Antioch
Harpeth Hall at Father Ryan (girls)
Montgomery Bell Academy at Father Ryan (boys)
Hillsboro at Franklin
Knox Webb at Donelson Christian Academy
Lipscomb Academy at East Nashville
Maplewood at M.L. King
McGavock at Overton
Merrol Hyde at Nashville Christian School
MT Heat at University School of Nashville
Pearl-Cohn at Hume-Fogg
Pope John Paul II at Ensworth
St. Andrews-Sewanee at Ezell-Harding
Webb at Franklin Road Academy

Saturday’s games
Ensworth at Christ Presbyterian Academy
Cane Ridge at Harpeth Hall (girls)
Cane Ridge at Montgomery Bell Academy (boys)
Davidson Academy at Webb School
Kings Academy at Donelson Christian Academy