Lipscomb Academy Football to play CPA in Semifinals of TSSAA Playoffs

Lipscomb Academy Football to play CPA in Semifinals of TSSAA Playoffs

It has been quite the journey for Lipscomb Academy as they have gone from not winning more than five games last season to finishing 5-5 and making it to the semifinals of the playoffs. However, it doesn’t get any easier for them as must now face district rival CPA away from home. The Mustangs played the Lions earlier in the season and lost by a score of 28-7. They also had multiple turnovers the last time they faced the Lions, most of them being interceptions. For CPA, they only finished the season with a 4-6 record, but are no easy foe despite that. The four wins that they got were all against district opponents while the losses came to opponents that were outside of the district. While it won’t necessarily be easier for the Mustangs this time around, Dilfer feels good about how much his team has improved since then. He also knows that they are going to have to play some of their best football to come out with a victory. “We are super excited for the challenge ahead of us Friday night vs CPA,” Dilfer said. “They are a really well-coached and a very physical football team. Our boys have gotten better since the last time we played them, but it will take our best ball to come out of The Den with a win.” Both CPA coach Trent Dilfer of Lipscomb Academy and Ingle Martin of CPA are former NFL quarterbacks — the two will once again face off at playoffs. Dilfer played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Baltimore Ravens, and Seattle Seahawks before finishing off...
Lipscomb falls to Belmont in Battle of the Boulevard 73-67

Lipscomb falls to Belmont in Battle of the Boulevard 73-67

The first meeting of the season between Belmont and Lipscomb was everything fans could expect and more between the closest rivalry in NCAA Division I basketball. The energy was electric in Allen Arena during the hard-fought battle, but Lipscomb came up just short losing 73-67 to the Bruins. “We didn’t get the result we wanted, but we sure played hard,” says head coach Lennie Acuff. “We got down pretty good in the second half and was short-handed the last 10 minutes, but our guys kept fighting, clawing and scraping their way to stay in it,”. This was the first time Casey Alexander returned to Allen Arena for a game after taking the head coach position at Belmont. Alexander was the head coach at Lipscomb for six seasons leading the team to an NCAA Tournament appearance and an NIT Finals appearance just last year. “Belmont is a good team and they’ve been playing fantastic, but we had a chance tonight and that’s all we wanted at the end. I was really, really proud of our guy,” says Acuff. Lipscomb entered halftime up by one, 33-32, after going on a 10-0 and a 12-5 run at the end of the first half. The Bruins came out of halftime looking for revenge. The bruins had a 12-0 run at the beginning of the second half. Once Belmont took the lead, they never looked back. “We have the ball twice down four in the last minute and we didn’t get very good shots,” says Acuff. “I have to do a better job of getting us organized down the stretch. We just got a...
Late-game turnovers cost the Lady Bisons the win against the Racers

Late-game turnovers cost the Lady Bisons the win against the Racers

  Sparked by Lady Bisons’ turnovers, the visiting Murray State Racers staged a late-game comeback to walk away with a 67-57 victory in a game that has Lipscomb coach Lauren Sumski perplexed. After holding the edge in the turnover battle in the first half, Lipscomb allowed 15 second-half turnovers while Murray State only allowed three. “We are better than that,” Sumski said after the Tuesday loss. “We are better than giving up 19 and 25 points in the third and fourth quarter.” Despite the fact that the Lady Bisons were unable to hit a three-point shot until late in the second quarter, it was Lipscomb that jumped out to an eight-point early in the game. Going into the halftime break, Sumski and her team still held a six-point lead, led by sophomore guard Jane Deason’s seven points and sophomore center Dorie Harrison’s six points.  Entering the second half, the Lady Bisons extended their lead to 10 before four consecutive turnovers cut the lead to three.  “They made a lot of the shots that we gave them from poor communication and poor transition,” Sumski said.  The Racers took advantage of these missed opportunities from the Bisons and went on 25-9 run to close out the game behind sophomore guard Macey Turley’s 20 points and freshman forward Macie Gibson’s 19 points.  “We are better than that defensively,” Sumski said. “But tonight I felt like they beat us to 50-50 balls, and they turned it on when it mattered. We didn’t respond in the second half when they went on their run.” The Lady Bisons continue to play this weekend in the...
GALLERY: Lipscomb’s Lady Bisons Basketball beat Northern Kentucky University

GALLERY: Lipscomb’s Lady Bisons Basketball beat Northern Kentucky University

Carleigh Short hit a second chance three with 12.8 seconds on the clock to tie the home opening game ultimately resulting in a 71-69 victory for the Lady Bisons against Northern Kentucky in Head Coach Lauren Sumski’s home debut. “She’s [Carleigh] been a big shot maker her entire career,” said Sumski. “We knew we wanted to get her a look, this was a play we put in earlier that they executed really well so I was really excited for her to knock down that shot.” After Short’s game-tying three, redshirt-sophomore Dorie Harrison sunk a pair of free throws to win the game “We completely trusted Dorie,” said Carleigh Short. “We knew she was gonna hit both of them, so in our minds, we were just saying, ‘nothing long’ because we knew they couldn’t get a layup they had to throw it long and so Dorie stepped up big and got the win for us.” To read the full story by Mckenzi Harris click here.  Offensive gallery by Mckenzi Harris   Defensive Gallery by Riley Hoag....
Lady Bisons basketball win with a pair of free throws and a three

Lady Bisons basketball win with a pair of free throws and a three

Carleigh Short hit a second-chance three with 12.8 seconds on the clock to tie the home-opener and clear the way for a home-debut victory for new women’s basketball coach Lauren Sumski.  “She’s [Carleigh] been a big shot maker her entire career,” said Sumski, after the 71-69 victory over Northern Kentucky. “We knew we wanted to get her a look, this was a play we put in earlier that they executed really well so I was really excited for her to knock down that shot.”  After Short’s game-tying three, redshirt-sophomore Dorie Harrison sunk a pair of free throws to win the game “We completely trusted Dorie,” said Carleigh Short. “We knew she was gonna hit both of them, so in our minds, we were just saying, ‘nothing long’ because we knew they couldn’t get a layup they had to throw it long and so Dorie stepped up big and got the win for us.”  Northern Kentucky led for much of the first quarter, but Lipscomb responded with a second-quarter rally to take the lead into halftime. But in the third and fourth quarters the lead was back and forth changing 11 times during the game, and neither team could get separation until the final whistle.  This was a delayed home-opener, because the previously scheduled game opener against Cincinnati Christian was canceled due to CCU closing its doors.  “We are really excited to have a home opener,” said  Sumski, whose team had an 0-1 record going into the home-opener. “I’m excited for our kids to have the opportunity to play in front of their family and friends and have the opportunity...
Lipscomb men’s basketball suffers a hard loss in seesaw game with TSU

Lipscomb men’s basketball suffers a hard loss in seesaw game with TSU

What started as a double-digit lead turned into a difficult 79-78 loss for the Bisons against the TSU Tigers on Tuesday night.  After an almost-comeback for the Bisons led by KJ Johnson, the Tigers took off with a quick drive to win the game. During the first half, Lipscomb led by as many as 11 points, a quick and promising lead on the Tigers. The team struggled without Ahsan Asadullah on the court. The Bisons ran the offense through senior Michael Buckland. Buckland scored a season-high of 14 points. However, the struggles didn’t show much until the second half. Tennessee State opened the second half with a 15-6 run and a three, putting them ahead 55-50. As the half continued, the Tigers flipped the game and held a lead, putting the Bisons 12 points behind with three minutes left on the clock.  That’s when freshman KJ Johnson took the game back over, at least temporarily. Johnson drove a shot in from the left-wing, banking a shot off the window with seven seconds remaining on the clock.  Johnson’s shot to put the Bisons back on top 78-77. TSU’s Michael Littlejohn then drove the ball the length of the floor, putting the Tigers back in the lead, 79-78 with 0.1 seconds remaining.  In the first road game of the season, the Bisons shot 50 percent from the floor, 27 of 54 attempts,  and hit 17 for 12 in free throws, a 71 percent clip.  Fleming led the Bisons in assists for the third consecutive game,  Hazen went 5 of 7 from the field with 4 rebounds. Hazen also made his career...