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CPA girls repeat state title with shot at buzzer


12:00 AM, Mar. 09, 2013 EST
MURFREESBORO — 

Christ Presbyterian Academy gave up more 3-pointers than it made Saturday night, but the Lady Lions had the biggest one -- and the last one.

Freshman Adela Franco's 3-pointer from the right corner just before the buzzer gave CPA a 52-49 Class AA championship win over Macon County, completing the Lady Lions' successful defense of last year's state title.

"It still hasn't sunk in, but it feels great," said Franco of her only shot from the field in the game. She had 10 points total in the three state tournament games.

The heroics fulfilled CPA coach Becky LeGate's pregame prediction.

"I told her before the game, 'You're going to do something great,'" LeGate said. "I didn't know what it was going to be."

Franco received a pass in nearly the same spot at about the six-second mark, but passed the ball. When it came back to her a second time, she put the shot up that dropped cleanly through the net.

"The reason we got to this point is because everybody knew their role and played their role," LeGate said. "That hadn't been her role. But I didn't have a problem with her taking the shot."

CPA (30-7) trailed for most of the game. Macon County, which defeated CPA 47-33 in the Region 5-AA final on Feb. 27, led 43-32 with two minutes left in the third quarter.

From there, CPA went on a 14-2 run and took a 47-45 lead on Lauren Thompson's low-post basket with 4:14 remaining.

"Basketball is all about matchups," Macon County coach Jeff Beam said. "(Faith) LeGate and Thompson are a tough matchup for us."

Of CPA's final 20 points, LeGate and Thompson scored 14.

"We were down 12 Friday (semifinals)," said Faith LeGate, who finished with 12 points. "We've been in that situation so many times this year. We knew we were going to pull it out. We have so much confidence in ourselves.

"We became the aggressor, and we took control."

Macon County (30-5) was outscored 16-4 in the fourth quarter and missed its only 3-point attempt after hitting five in the first half.

"We're more of a second-half team," Franco said. "We expected to win. We just didn't know how."

Thompson finished with 20 points and seven rebounds, including four on defense, giving her a state tournament-record 35. She also was named state tournament MVP.

Meredith Roman scored 13 points, with three of CPA's four 3-pointers.

For Macon County, which finished as runner-up for the second time in three years, Kelsey Gregory and Terra Pryor scored 13 points each and Kailyn Brooks had 10 points with 10 assists.

 

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