Late In Two Losses
Lady 'Cats Defeat Lionettes
Former Lady Wildcats Making
'Cats Fade Late In
By Dewain E. Peek
Matthan Houser looks for an open teammate in the 'Cats game against
Cookeville. (photo by Dewain E. Peek)
Road trips to Cookeville and Woodbury were tough
on the Livingston Academy Wildcats last week.
First up on the week was a non-district game at Class
The Wildcats matched the host team with 19 points
in the first period, and proved the Cavaliers' equal in the second
period when both teams put 13 on the board to push the score to
32-32 at halftime.
Then the parity ended. The Cavs took charge in the
third period and motored away with a 17-9 quarter to lead 49-41
going into the final round. Livingston put in 15 points in the fourth
period, but Cookeville scored 23 to win 72-56.
Livingston gave up 22 points on turnovers in the loss.
Wildcats Coach Danny McCoin said, "For two and
a half quarters we played good. Then halfway through the third we
let a little pressure get to us, made a few turnovers. That's been
our downfall all year is a few turnovers here and there gets us
out of our game. One turnover turns into two, two turns into four,
it's like a disease with us sometimes. It got us out of our game.
We got down too far and we just couldn't come back.
"We've just got to put it together for four quarters."
Mike Hennigan led Cookeville in scoring with 16 points, including
two 3-pointers, followed by double figure scoring of Todd Martin
with 13 points, including three 3-pointers, and Josh Roark with
LA's David Stockton led all scorers with 20 points,
including 6 free throws made. Jerran Allen and Andy Allred each
scored 11 points, Allen with two 3-pointers and a free throw, and
Allred with 3 free throws. Chris Everley scored 7 points, hitting
a 3-pointer and making 4 free throws, Erik Emerick scored 5 points,
including a free throw, and Jeff Aldridge scored 2 points.
Matthan Houser led LA in assists with 5, followed
by Everley with 3, Allen, Allred, and Robert Richardson with 2 each,
and Stockton with 1.
David Stockton completed a double-double by leading
in rebounds with 15. Allred had 8 rebounds, Emerick, Aldridge, and
Allen had 4 each, Everley 3, Andy Beechboard 2, and Richardson 1.
Allred, Everley, and Allen each had 2 steals, Houser
had a steal and blocked a shot, and Stockton, Beechboard, Emerick,
and Richardson each had a steal.
The ‘Cats traveled to Woodbury on Friday, Dec. 10
for a District 8-AA game against the Cannon County Lions.
Cannon County closed the first period holding a 15-10
lead. The ‘Cats matched the Lions with 12 points in the second period
to push the score to 22-27.
The LA defense took charge in the third period, holding
Cannon County to 6 points, while scoring 12, to lead 34-33 going
into the final frame. Then the Lions defense roared. LA scored 9
points to Cannon County's 20, losing 43-53. The Lions scored 27
points from LA turnovers.
The loss put LA at 1-1 in the district and 2-3 overall.
"It was the same thing," Coach McCoin said.
"We were ahead one point going into the fourth, then about
halfway through the fourth we became our own worst enemy. Right
now we are our own worst enemy. It's not the other team hurting
us so much as we're hurting ourselves.
"As far as the overall game against Cannon,
that was probably our worst performance all year. We stood around
on offense; we made 26 turnovers, which was a high for the year.
"If there were any bright spots in it, one was
that we came back from a 20-10 deficit in the first quarter and
took the lead. Andy Beechboard brought his game to the table, he
stepped it up. Other than that we really played poorly."
Cannon County was led in scoring by Allen Weeden with
14 points, including 4 free throws, followed in double figures by
Dan Alexander with 12, including a 3-pointer and 3 free throws.
LA's Jerran Allen led in scoring with 18 points, including
three 3-pointers and 3 free throws made. David Stockton also scored
in double figures with 15 points, including a free throw. Andy Beechboard
scored 5 points, including a 3-pointer, Matthan Houser hit a 3-pointer,
and Jeff Aldridge scored 2 points.
Chris Everley led LA in assists with 3, followed by
Allen, Stockton, and Beechboard with 2 each.
David Stockton recorded his fifth double-double in
as many games by pulling down 12 rebounds. Allred had 8 rebounds,
Allen and Aldridge 4 each, Everley 3, and Houser and Emerick 1 each.
Allen, Everley, and Allred each had 2 steals, and
Stockton, Aldridge, and Beechboard each had a steal. Houser blocked
After traveling to Smithville on Tuesday, Dec. 14
to take on the DeKalb County Tigers in a district matchup, the Wildcats
will travel to Clarkrange to participate in the Clarkrange High
School Christmas Invitational. The Wildcats will play Grace Academy
at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17, then the ‘Cats will play Wartburg
at 4 p.m. the following day. After having Sunday off, the tournament
will resume on Monday when LA will take on Van Buren County at 6:30
p.m. The consolation and championship games will be played on Tuesday,
"We should go up there and win a couple games,"
Coach McCoin said. "We should, but once again, if we go up
there thinking we should and assume that we can walk on the court
and win, we'll lose. We're just not a good enough basketball team
to take the court and put the fear of God in anybody and they're
just going to whimper down. We're just not that good.
"We've got to go up there and play good, hard
basketball, and if we do we'll probably come off with a win."
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Lady 'Cats Defeat
By Dewain E. Peek
sophomore Jenna Baltimore elevates for 2 of her 16 points against
the Cookeville Lady Cavaliers in LA's first loss of the season.
A 30-point win at Woodbury on Friday night moved the Livingston
Academy Lady Wildcats to 2-0 in District 8-AA.
The Cannon County Lionettes kept the game close in the first period,
trailing the Lady Wildcats 15-18, then the LA defense took over
in the second period, holding the home team to 8 points while pouring
in 20 to lead 38-23. The Lady ‘Cats had all the points they would
LA outscored the Lionettes 12-5 in the third period and 17-9 in
the fourth to win 67-37.
Lady Wildcat Coach Eddie Linder said, "I was real pleased
with our effort. The past several years we've had a tendency to
struggle against Cannon County. We went down there and used our
size as an advantage. They didn't have a big ballteam and we pounded
the ball inside quite a bit.
"We shot the ball better. They tested us early. They were
going to double down on us and test our sophomores from the perimeter,
and I think Jessica Leach scored the first seven points and knocked
them in the head on that idea.
"I got a lot of minutes for a lot of girls. I had a lot of
girls come off the bench and do extremely well. It was a good night
to get a lot of people in and it was a good team effort."
Andrea Brown and Stephanie Sullivan led in scoring with 15 points
each, each hitting a free throw along the way. Also scoring in double
figures for LA were Jenna Baltimore with 12 points, including a
3-pointer and a free throw, and Jessica Leach with 10 points, including
two 3-pointers. Joie Puckett scored 8 points, including a 3-pointer
and 3 free throws, Renee Melton scored 4 points, including 2 free
throws, and Amanda Jackson hit a 3-pointer.
Joie Puckett led in assists with 6, followed by Baltimore and Leach
with 5 each, Brown and Jackson with 3 each, and Heather Walker with
Andrea Brown recorded a double-double by leading in rebounds with
11. Leach had 8 rebounds, Sullivan, Baltimore, and Jackson had 3
each, Puckett and Melton 2 each, and Walker and Christen Cates each
Brown had 3 steals and blocked 3 shots, Sullivan had 2 steals and
blocked 3 shots, Baltimore and Jackson had 2 steals each, and Leach,
Puckett, and Cates each had a steal.
Earlier in the week, the Lady ‘Cats had traveled to Cookeville
on Tuesday, Dec. 7 to take on the Class AAA Lady Cavaliers.
The Lady Cavs took a slight 2-point advantage in the first period
of a defensive battle, outscoring LA 9-7. The second period was
a mirror image of the first with Cookeville once more outscoring
LA 9-7 to lead 18-14 at halftime.
One point separated the two teams' scoring output in the third,
with Cookeville again having the slight advantage 8-7 over LA. The
fourth period followed suit with the Lady Cavs scoring one point
more than LA, 15-14, to win 41-35. The lowest scoring output for
Livingston in many moons.
"Cookeville's got a good physical AAA basketball team,"
Coach Linder said. "We did not shoot the ball well. Cookeville
had a lot to do with that. They have a good defense.
"At the same time, when we did get looks we didn't make it.
We didn't shoot the ball well and you can't beat teams the caliber
of Cookeville unless you shoot the ball a little better than that.
It was just a miserable night on the offensive end.
"I think the girls physically played hard, the defense I think
was good enough to win. If you can hold somebody to somewhere around
40 points you give yourself a chance to win. I was pleased with
our defense. They held their own. We have to shoot the ball better
against a team like Cookeville to give ourselves a chance to win.
"It will help us down the road," he said. "It was
a tough non-district matchup. You see your weaknesses and you can
work on some things after a loss that you might not necessarily
work on after a win.”
Krystal Robichaud led Cookeville in scoring with 14 points.
LA's Jenna Baltimore led in scoring with 16 points, including a
3-pointer and 7 free throws made. Joie Puckett scored 9 points,
including a 3-pointer and 2 free throws, Andrea Brown was held to
4 points, Jessica Leach hit a 3-pointer, and an ailing Stephanie
Sullivan scored 3 points, including a free throw.
Leach made 2 assists, and Brown, Baltimore, and Puckett each made
Puckett led LA in rebounds with 7, followed by Baltimore with 6,
Brown with 5, Sullivan 2, and Melton 1.
Sullivan blocked 2 shots, and Baltimore and Leach had 2 steals
each and Brown had a steal.
The week's play moved the Lady Wildcat to 4-1 overall.
After traveling to Smithville on Tuesday, Dec. 14 for a district
game against the DeKalb County Lady Tigers, the Lady Wildcats will
participate in the Sonic Shootout at White County High School this
weekend. LA will play Page at 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17, and then play
Cleveland at 4 p.m. the following day.
The Lady Wildcats will then play in the Livingston Jaycees Invitational
Tournament beginning Monday, Dec. 20 when they will play Pickett
County at 7 p.m., then LA will play Westmoreland the following night
at 7 p.m.
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Former Lady Wildcats
Three former Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats are making a mark
in college play.
Freshman Paige Smith scored 24 points for Austin Peay in a recent
100-92 win over Jacksonville State. Smith hit five 3-pointers in
the first half of the game.
Misty Garrett put in a strong 29 minutes for the Tennessee Tech
Golden Eaglettes in a 74-64 win over Southern Illinois University
on Friday, Dec. 10. Garrett made 5 assists, had 2 steals, and hit
3 free throws.
She also went the distance in Tech's 5-point loss to the Georgia
Lady Bulldogs on Sunday, Dec. 13. Garrett scored 4 points and made
4 assists in the 72-77 loss.
Tiffany Krantz is an integral part of the Auburn Tigers winning
record that has them ranked number 8 in the Associated Press Women's
Top 25 Poll.
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