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Wildcats Defest York
Lady Cats Move To 3-0
Stockton Qualifies For Junior Olympics

 

Tuesday, December 7 LA vs. Cookeville at Cookeville
LA Lady Wildcats 35
Cookeville Lady Cavaliers 41
Defensive battle held Lady Cats to lowest score of the year.

LA Wildcats 56
Cookeville Cavaliers 72
Score was tide 19 - 19 at the end of the first. And 32 - 32 at the half.
Before Cookeville broke away in the second half.

Read up on the story and stats next Wednesday, December 15th.



Wildcats Defeat York
By Dewain E. Peek

LA's Andy Allred shoots for a basket in Friday's win. Allred scored 12 points in the game. (photo by Dewain E. Peek)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Teamwork. Teamwork," LA Wildcats Coach Danny McCoin repeated. The object of his elocution is the unlikely, yet superbly executed winning play of the Livingston Academy Wildcats against area arch nemesis York Institute on Friday, Dec. 3.

The ‘Cats matched the Dragons in the first period point for point, ending the quarter tied at 17. LA gained a slight advantage at the end of the second period to lead by one point at 28-27.

York came back to take the lead in the third by outscoring LA 13-11 to make the score 40-39. The two teams clawed and scratched through the fourth with neither team willing to let go, even to the final seconds. With less than two seconds to play, David Stockton dropped in a basket to give Livingston a 56-54 lead, but York still had time to make a play. Great Wildcats defense forced the Dragons to make a bad play, losing the ball and giving LA the win. The victory gave the ‘Cats a 1-0 record in the district and a 2-1 record overall.

"I've stressed to the boys, team offense and team defense," Coach McCoin said. "The teamwork part is great. There's a bunch of individual things we can always improve on, but team offense and team defense I was very pleased with.

"I was very pleased at the way our guys handled a few things. We kept our composure a couple of times when there's that little chance of, uh-oh, the wheel's are getting ready to fall off, and we battled through that. I was very pleased with that.

"Jerran came down the middle, Jerran being our number one scorer you would expect him to be taking the last shot, two of them converged on him and he gave it off to Houser, at that time probably our fourth or fifth scorer. We came out and won the game. That's just unselfish play. I was very glad to see that.

"We just stuck in there and we didn't fold up." Jerran Allen led LA in scoring with 19 points, including three 3-pointers, followed by David Stockton with 16, including 4 free throws, and Andy Allred with 12 points. Chris Everley scored 4 points, Jeff Aldridge hit a 3-pointer, and Matthan Houser scored 2 points.

Houser led in assists with 8, followed by Everley with 5, Allen 3, and Stockton 2.

David Stockton completed a double-double by leading in rebounds with 12, the third in as many games, followed by Everley with 8, Allen 7, Houser and Allred 6 each, and Aldridge 2.

Houser blocked 3 shots and had 2 steals, Allen had 2 steals and blocked a shot, Everley had 2 steals, Stockton blocked 2 shots, and Allred had a steal and blocked a shot. " I was very happy we won. It was an exciting ballgame for the boys to win," Coach McCoin said.

"I think it was a good ballgame for the crowd also, and entertaining ballgame."

The Wildcats will travel to Woodbury on Friday, Dec. 10 to take on the Cannon County Lions in another district game.

" It's going to be a tough game," Coach McCoin said. "I don't know a lot about them. They are very well coached. They'll be disciplined."

Then the ‘Cats will travel to Smithville on Tuesday, Dec. 14 to take on the DeKalb County Tigers in yet another district matchup.

"Every game for us is a challenge," Coach McCoin said. "There's no cupcakes on our schedule. We're not good enough to walk into any game and think well, we've just got to show up. We have to come prepared to play every night.

"All we're looking for is a chance to win at the end of the game."

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Lady 'Cats Move To 3-0
By Dewain E. Peek

Sophomore Stephanie Sullivan launches a shot for 2 of her 16 points in the Lady Wildcats 68-48 district win over the York Lady Dragons. (photo by Dewain E. Peek) LA's Andrea Brown fires a shot on her way to 20 points against York. (photo by Dewain E. Peek)

Livingston Academy's Joie Puckett is fouled by York Institute in Friday's game. (photo by Dewain E. Peek) Sophomore Jessica Leach eyes the mark for a free throw against York. (photo by Dewain E. Peek) LA sophomore Jenna Baltimore looks for a teammate in Friday's win. (photo by Dewain E. Peek) Lady Cats By Dewain E. Peek

The Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats are off to a 3-0 start in the young season after posting a district opening win over York Institute at home on Friday, Dec. 3.

" York had a solid, experienced basketball team returning from last year," LA Coach Eddie Linder said. "York's a very capable team of beating anybody on any given night, and, of course, we were really concerned about that. They're big, got a lot of size, and have a lot of experience along with that.

"We treated it as a tough district game and it started out like it was going to be one." The Lady Wildcats took the lead early with a 15-9 first period, but York would not go quietly.

"They went on a little run on us in the second quarter and cut it to four," Coach Linder said. "We got a time-out, collected our thoughts and got settled down. Then we pulled it back out to 10 at the half.

"I was probably more pleased at that juncture in the game as any other point in the game. We had five sophomores out there and they were doing a pretty doggone good job. I was real pleased with them.

"Andrea got in a little foul trouble early. I had to get her out. Renee Melton came in and did a fantastic job for us."

The Lady ‘Cats outscored the Lady Dragons 20-15 in the third period to pull out to a 52-37 lead and continued to pull away in the fourth period with a 16-11 quarter to win 68-48.

"In the second half, we caught a little rhythm on offense," Coach Linder said. "I don't think we played extremely well on offense. The defense was pretty respectable. Our rebounding was a pleasant surprise.

"It was a nice win. Any time you start out with a district win you're pleased."

Andrea Brown led all scorers with 20 points, including two 3-pointers and 8 free throws, followed by Jenna Baltimore with 19, including two 3-pointers and 5 free throws, and Stephanie Sullivan who scored 16 points.

Joie Puckett scored 6 points, including 4 free throws, Renee Melton scored 5 points, including 3 free throws, and Jessica Leach hit 2 free throws. Joie Puckett led in assists with 10, followed by Leach and Baltimore with 3 each.

Brown led LA in rebounds with 8, followed by Sullivan and Puckett with 6 each, Melton 4, Leach 3, and Baltimore 2.

Stephanie Sullivan had 4 steals and blocked 3 shots, Leach had 3 steals and blocked a shot, Brown and Puckett each had 2 steals, and Baltimore had a steal and blocked a shot.

The Lady ‘Cats will travel to Woodbury on Friday, Dec. 10 to take on the Cannon County Lionettes in another district game.

" I haven't seen them play this year, but I'm sure they'll have a solid team, and we'll have to go down there and put forth a good effort in their place and hopefully come back with a district win," Coach Linder said. "It's going to be a test going on the road in an early district game.

"We just want to be consistent and have a chance to win ball games."

Stockton Qualifies For Junior Olympics

Maranda Stockton of Livingston won the resident qualifier position at the Junior Olympic Shooting Championships held at the Tennessee Tech ranges.

By being the high female shooter in smallbore and air, Stockton will have the opportunity to go to Colorado Springs and compete against other state winners in February. The smallbore match was 3x20, which means that it consisted of 20 shots in each of three positions of prone, standing and kneelling at 50 feet indoors.

Stockton won the gold medal for the females in the smallbore competition with a 524.

In the air rifle match, the women shot a 40-shot match with 400 possible. Stockton won the gold with 379.

The air match was 40 shots for the women in the standing position at 10 meters. Both of the disciplines are Olympic shooting events.

 

 

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