Clarkrange Tourney Championship
Lady Wildcats Win Jaycees Tournament
'Cats Take Clarkrange
By Dewain E. Peek
Houser goes to a higher elevation to make a pass to Wildcats teammate
David Stockton, #42. Livingston Academy fell short 38-45 to Celina
in the first round of the Livingston Jaycees Invitational Tournament
on Monday, Dec. 27. (photo by Dewain E. Peek)
A struggle to the last second decided the Clarkrange
Christmas Invitational Tournament championship game between the
Livingston Academy Wildcats and the host Clarkrange Buffaloes on
Tuesday, Dec. 21.
The dogfight began with Livingston scoring 11 points,
on the strength of 6 from Jerran Allen, and Clarkrange scoring 7,
all but a point coming from Marcus Williams 3-pointers. Both teams
scoring 18 points in the second, LA hitting four 3-pointers, to
put the score at 29-25 at halftime.
The Clarkrange Buffaloes' Dewayne Rickett went on
a tear and scored 8 points to push the Buffaloes ahead 35-34 midway
through the third, before Livingston recovered to drop in 7 consecutive
points to later retake the lead at 41-38. Clark-range scored once
more to close the gap to 40-41 going into the fourth.
The two teams swapped the lead through the final period
until, with Clarkrange leading 54-53, David Stockton and Jeff Aldridge
added 4 points to put the Wildcats ahead 57-54. Rickett was fouled
and added two free throws to narrow the LA lead to 57-56 with 20
After Livingston was fouled and failed to score on
the free throw, Clarkrange got the ball in the hands of Rickett
who drove in and was called with charging. LA again failed to hit
a free throw, but Clarkrange would not score again. The ‘Cats won
the Clarkrange Invitational Tournament championship by one point,
Jerran Allen led LA in scoring with 12 points, including
a 3-pointer and 3 free throws. Jeff Aldridge followed with 11 points,
including two 3-pointers and a free throw, and Andy Allred scored
10 points. David Stockton scored 9 points, including a free throw,
Andy Beech-board hit two 3-pointers, Chris Everley scored 5 points,
including a 3-pointer, and Matthan Houser scored 4 points.
Clarkrange was led in scoring by Dewayne Rickett with
16 points, including 6 free throws, Marcus Williams with 15 points,
including three 3-pointers, and Josh Baldwin with 12 points, including
two 3-pointers. Nathan Thompson scored 9 points, including 5 free
throws, and Michael Green scored 4 points, including 2 free throws.
The Wildcats got into the championship game by defeating
Van Buren County 74-58 on Monday, Dec. 20.
Van Buren County took the point at first, leading
16-14 at the end of the first period, LA’s David Stockton accounting
for 12. The ‘Cats moved ahead in the second with a 14-10 period
to take a 28-26 lead to halftime.
Jerran Allen popped in 9 points in a Livingston Academy
21-point third period, while Van Buren dropped in 16 to make the
score 47-40 going into the fourth. Allen added 8 more points as
Livingston outscored Van Buren 25-16 in the final frame to take
David Stockton pounded in 30 points to lead all scorers,
followed by Jerran Allen with 21, including three 3-pointers. Andy
Allred scored 8 points, Chris Everley scored 7, including a 3-pointer
and 2 free throws, Jeff Aldridge scored 4 points, and Matthan Houser
Van Buren County was led by Chris Delong with 18 points,
including 8 free throws, and Shane Walling with 13 points, including
3 free throws.
The Wildcats opened Pool B play of the Livingston
Jaycees Invitational Tournament on Monday, Dec. 27 with a game against
Celina, a team coming in with an 11-1 record, unfortunately for
LA, the Bulldogs would go out with a 12-1 record.
Defense was the name of the game in the first period
with LA managing only 6 points and Celina struggling for 5. The
‘Cats edged the ‘Dogs 10-7 in the second to lead 16-12 at halftime.
Celina turned the tables in the third, outscoring
LA 18-15 in the highest scoring period of the game. The Wildcats
held a one-point advantage entering the fourth period, but could
not hold it to the end. Celina held Livingston to 7 points and put
in 15 to win 45-38.
Celina was led in scoring by Chris Bartlett with 15
points, including 3 free throws, and Matt Barlow with 14 points,
including four 3-pointers.
No Livingston player scored in double figures. David
Stockton led LA scoring with 9 points, including a free throw, followed
by Andy Allred with 8 points, Jerran Allen with 7, including a 3-pointer,
Matthan Houser with 5 points, including a free throw, Jeff Aldridge
with 4 points, Chris Everley with a 3-pointer, and Andy Beechboard
with 2 points.
David Stockton led in rebounds with 13, and Andy Allred
had 10 rebounds. LA had almost as many rebounds as points, pulling
down 36 in the game.
The loss put the Wildcats at 6-5 overall on the season.
After playing Chattanooga Christian in their Tuesday,
Dec. 28 game of the Jaycees Tournament, the Wildcats will face June
Buchanon at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29. The consolation game will
be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 30, with the championship game
of the Jaycees Invitational Tournament following at 8:30 p.m.
After playing in the Jaycees, the Wildcats will host
district and Class AA newcomer Upperman Bees next Tuesday.
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Win Jaycees Tournament
By Dewain E. Peek
Academy's Jenna Baltimore, #10, goes up for 2 of her 16 points against
Cumberland County in the championship game of the Livingston Jaycees
Invitational Tournament. The Lady Wildcats won for the fifth straight
year. (photo by Dewain E. Peek)
For the fifth consecutive year, the Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats
are champions of the Livingston Jaycees Invitational Tournament.
The Lady 'Cats took the title with a 54-37 victory over the Cumberland
County Jets last Thursday.
Livingston Academy overpowered the Crossville team 13-4 in the
first period and ran away. The Lady ‘Cats led 31-17 at halftime,
then scored 10 straight points to begin the third period, closing
the quarter leading 46-25. The Jets outscored the Lady ‘Cats 12-8
in the final frame, but the damage was done.
Andrea Brown led in scoring with 18 points, followed by Stephanie
Sullivan with 17 points, including a free throw, and Jenna Baltimore
with 16 points, including a 3-pointer and a free throw. Jessica
Leach completed the scoring for the Lady ‘Cats with 3 points, including
a free throw. Andrea Brown led LA in rebounds with 7, and Joie Puckett
led LA in assists with 5. Livingston had 18 steals in the game.
Michelle Davis led Crossville in scoring with 14 points.
The Lady Wildcats got into the championship game by defeating Chattanooga
Christian 73-53 on Wednesday, Dec. 22.
Tight scoring marked the first period with the Lady Wildcats gaining
an 18-13 advantage by the end of the quarter. The Livingston defense
took over in the second period, holding the Lady Chargers to 5 points
while slamming in 19.
Chattanooga Christian refused to go away, outscoring LA 19-12 in
the third period to close the gap to 37-49. The Lady Wildcats again
pulled away in the fourth with a 24-16 period for the win.
Andrea Brown came on strong for 27 points, hitting five 3-pointers
and 2 free throws. Jenna Baltimore followed in scoring for LA with
16 points, including four 3-pointers and 2 free throws, and Stephanie
Sullivan scored 15 points, including a free throw.
LA scoring was rounded out by Renee Melton with 5 points, including
3 free throws, Heather Walker with 4 free throws made, Amanda Jackson
with a 3-pointer, Joie Puckett with 2 free throws made, and Christen
Cates with a free throw. Sullivan led LA in rebounds with 4, and
Leach led in assists with 6. LA had 18 steals.
Earlier in the tournament, LA faced Westmoreland in a tough defensive
battle. The Lady Wildcats scored the first 7 points of the game
and led 19-10 at the end of the first period. Strong second period
defense held both teams to single digit scoring, with LA having
a slight 7-4 advantage to lead 26-14 at halftime.
Both teams scored 14 points in the third to move the score to 40-28
going into the fourth period. Westmoreland turned up the scoring
in the final round to cut the lead to 40-43. The Livingston defense
held the rest of the way, while the LA offense added 4 to make the
final score 47-40.
Stephanie Sullivan led in scoring with 22 points. Andrea Brown
also scored in double figures with 12, including two 3-pointers
and 2 free throws. Jenna Baltimore hit two 3-pointers, Jessica Leach
scored 3 points, including a free throw, Christen Cates scored 2
points, and Joie Puckett hit 2 free throws.
Leach led LA in rebounds with 7, and also led in assists with 6.
Sullivan blocked 5 shots, and Brown blocked 3. The team had 5 steals.
Ashley Goodrum led West-moreland in scoring with 16 points, including
The tournament wins pushed the Lady Wildcats overall record to
The Lady 'Cats traveled to Pickerington, OH, early this week to
play in a tournament which began Monday, Dec. 27 and continues through
Thursday, Dec. 30. Then the Lady Wildcats will return home to host
district and Class AA newcomer Upperman next Tuesday.
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