Two-time defending Class AA state champion CPA moved a step closer to a three-peat Tuesday night by beating Creek Wood 85-72 in the Region 6-AA tournament semifinal at Spring Hill. The loss to the number-one ranked team in the state ends the season for the Red Hawks with a 19-8 record and a runner-up finish in the District 11-AA tournament. CPA will face Cascade for the region title Thursday after the Champions eliminated Waverly 70-68 and both CPA and Cascade have earned a spot in the TSSAA sectionals on Monday. The Lions have already beaten Cascade three times this season by an average of 46 points per game. After trailing by seven at the end of the first quarter Tuesday, Creek Wood trimmed the deficit to three at halftime 38-35. But the bigger, stronger Lions controlled the third period 29-5, led by 6-8 Braxton Blackwell who dominated inside with several big dunks. Creek Wood began sending the Lions to the foul line in the fourth but was never able to get the margin below 10 points. Isaac Edmondson led the Red Hawks with 26 points, followed by Ross Cummings at 20, Ross Plunkett with 14 including four of the team’s 10 three-pointers, and Gabe Cummings with 12. Blackwell led CPA with a double-double, 31 points and 11 rebounds, while Jake Allsmiller added 19, including five of CPA’s nine three-pointers. After losing three straight games to finish 2013 at 4-5, Creek Wood came back in the new year with a high-scoring, fast-paced offense that keyed a 15-3 second half of the season, with two losses to Waverly including the district tournament championship.