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CPA gets back to state tournament

12:00 AM, Mar. 04, 2013 EST

Spring Hill got close to defending Class AA champion Christ Presbyterian Academy in the second half, but the Lions pulled away for a 58-46 win in Monday's sectional.

Led by junior forward Jalen Lindsey's 18 points, CPA (34-2) led the entire game.

With 2:38 left in the third quarter, Spring Hill's Tony Sparkman forced a steal from CPA guard Coleman Spann and threw down a fast-break dunk to cut the Lions' lead to 40-36.

"I felt like they (CPA) were almost playing out of fear, almost like they were playing not to lose," CPA coach Drew Maddux said. "I feel like we were just bound up, and it's meant to be fun."

That's the closest the Raiders would get to the lead. CPA freshman forward Braxton Blackwell, who finished with 16 points, took over the fourth quarter, scoring nine points.

"Coach Drew told me at halftime that I needed to turn it up because I wasn't playing well, I wasn't playing like myself, and that I needed to overcome it and become a better player for the team in the second half," Blackwell said.

Sparkman had 16 points for Spring Hill (21-8), but his strong performance wasn't enough to overcome CPA's pressure defense.

"We turned the ball over way too much in the first half," Spring Hill coach Jimmy Young said. "We cut down on the turnovers in the second half, but against a good team like this, you can't do that and expect to compete at the end."



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