Lady Cats Move To 3-0
Stockton Qualifies For
Tuesday, December 7 LA vs. Cookeville at
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
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
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
"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
By Dewain E. Peek
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
"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
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
For Junior Olympics
Maranda Stockton of Livingston won the resident qualifier position
at the Junior Olympic Shooting Championships held at the Tennessee
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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