Lady 'Cats Defeat Lady Cavs
Misty Garrett TTU Rebound
Matthan Houser Commits To Dartmouth
Celina High Sanctioned After Incident
This Weeks Game Highlights (Full
story to be posted next Wednesday)
'Cats Defeat Cavaliers
By Dewain E. Peek
Academy's David Stockton shoots for 2 of his 10 points against Upperman.
The Wildcats closed in on the home team with a strong second period,
but were outdistanced in the second half and took a 58-62 district
loss. (photo by Russell Garrett)
A non-district win over neighboring Class AAA Cookeville capped
the weekend for the Livingston Academy Wildcats on Saturday, Jan.
The teams locked horns in the first period with Livingston gaining
a one-point advantage at 12-11 to end the quarter. The Cavaliers
mounted a charge in the second period, outscoring the Wildcats 21-14
to take a 32-26 lead into halftime.
Cookeville outdistanced the home team 14-11 in the third to extend
the lead to 46-37. Then, the ‘Cats went wild with a 25-10 fourth
to overtake the Cavs 62-56 for the win.
Livingston's long distance shooting was off target, hitting only
1 of 16 from 3-point range, but the free throws dropped in to the
tune of 25 of 35.
LA's David Stockton was all-world, hitting 9 of 10 from the field
and 9 of 12 from the free throw line to compile a game high 27 points.
Andy Allred scored 11 points, including 5 of 6 on free throws, Jeff
Aldridge scored 10 points, including 2 of 4 on free throws, Jerran
Allen hit a perfect 6 of 6 free throws, and Andy Beechboard and
Robert Richardson each hit a free throw.
Stockton and Everley each made 3 assists, Matthan Houser and Allen
made 2 each, and Jeff Aldridge made an assist.
David Stockton completed a double-double by leading in rebounds
with 15, followed by Andy Allred who also completed a double-double
by pulling down 14 rebounds. Everley had 4 rebounds, Allen, Aldridge,
and Richardson 3 each, Houser 2, and Beechboard 1.
Jerran Allen and Andy Allred each blocked a shot and had 3 steals,
Everley had 5 steals, Stockton had 4 steals, Houser and Aldridge
each had 3 steals, and Beechboard and Richardson had 2 steals each.
The previous night, the Wildcats had traveled to Baxter to take
on the Upperman Bees in a district matchup. Upperman took the early
lead with an 18-11 first period, but Livingston charged back in
the second, led by 9 points from Jerran Allen, to outscore the home
team 14-9 to close the gap to 25-27.
The Wildcats could not gain ground on the Bees in the third period,
being outscored 16-15 to make the score 43-40. Another tight quarter
in the fourth assured Baxter of the victory. The ‘Cats posted 18
points in the fourth, but the Bees put up 19 points to win 62-58.
The win dropped LA to 4-5 in District 8-AA.
Upperman was led in scoring by Jace Chaffin with 20 points, including
two 3-pointers and 2 free throws, followed by Nick Davis with 18
points, including four 3-pointers and 2 free throws, and David Oaks
with 10 points, including 2 free throws.
Jerran Allen led all scorers with 34 points, including four 3-pointers
and 6 free throws made. Stockton followed in scoring for LA with
10 points, including 4 free throws. Andy Allred scored 8 points,
and Jeff Aldridge scored 6 points.
The weekend's play put Livingston Academy's record at 11-12 overall.
After traveling to Carthage on Tuesday, Feb. 1 for a district
game against the Smith County Owls, the Wildcats will travel to
Byrdstown on Thursday, Feb. 3 for a non-district game against the
Pickett County Bobcats. Then Livingston Academy will host the DeKalb
County Tigers on Friday, Feb. 4.
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Lady 'Cats Defeat Lady Cavs
By Dewain E. Peek
senior Andrea Brown fires a 3-pointer against the Upperman Lady
Bees. Brown hit two 3-pointers and scored 22 points for the Lady
‘Cats in the game. (photo by Russell Garrett)
The Lady Wildcats avenged an early-season loss to
the Cookeville Lady Cavaliers with a 54-45 home win on Saturday,
Jan. 29. The Lady Cavs charged ahead for 8 unanswered points to
begin the game, but Livingston Academy responded with approximately
two minutes to play in the quarter. Three free throws from Stephanie
Sullivan, a basket by Andrea Brown, and a 3-point buzzer-beater
from Jenna Baltimore tied the game at 8.
Brown and Baltimore combined for all of the Lady Wildcats
scoring in the second quarter, putting in 16 points, while the LA
defensive game held the visitors to only 6 points, giving the home
squad a 27-14 lead at halftime.
Two Brown 3-pointers was all Livingston could muster
in the third period, but the Lady ‘Cats defense held the Lady Cavs
to a matching 6 points to take the game to the final frame leading
After Jenna Baltimore scored a basket to push the
lead to 35-20, Livingston would score the next 23 points all on
free throws to cement the win. The Lady Wildcats hit 31 of 40 free
throws in the game, and only hit 3 baskets from the field in the
Andrea Brown led in scoring with 26 points, including
three 3-pointers and 11 of 12 on free throws, followed closely by
Jenna Baltimore with 21 points, including two 3-pointers and 13
of 16 on free throws. LA scoring was rounded out by Stephanie Sullivan
and Jessica Leach with 3 free throws made each, and Amanda Jackson
with a free throw made.
Baltimore made 3 assists, Sullivan and Leach 2 each,
and Brown 1.
Andrea Brown led LA in rebounds with 6, followed by
Leach and Renee Melton with 3 each, Baltimore 2, and Sullivan, Jackson,
Joie Puckett, and Heather Walker with 1 each. Brown blocked 2 shots
and had 2 steals, Sullivan blocked 2 shots and had a steal, Baltimore
blocked a shot and had 3 steals, and Walker and Melton each had
The previous night the Lady Wildcats had traveled
to Baxter to take on the top ranked Class AA team in the state.
The two teams appeared evenly matched in the first
period with the home team enjoying a one point advantage at 12-11
going into the second period. Three LA 3-pointers helped the Lady
Wildcats to a 14-12 second to take the lead 25-24 at halftime. The
nation's number 19 team took the point in the third period with
a 17-12 quarter, led by Emily Christian's 10 points, to lead 41-37
going into the final period. The Lady Bees came up strong defensively
in the final round, holding the Lady ‘Cats to 7 points while dropping
in 17 to win 58-44.
The undefeated Lady Bees were led by Emily Christian's
game high 29 points, including 11 of 14 from the free throw line.
Also scoring for the Lady Bees were Kim Blankenship with 11 points,
including a 3-pointer and 4 of 4 on free throws, Amanda Austin with
three 3-pointers for 9 points, and Annie Hargis also with 9 points,
including 3 of 4 on free throws.
Andrea Brown led LA in scoring with 22 points, including
two 3-pointers and 2 free throws, followed by Stephanie Sullivan
with 11 points, including a free throw, Jenna Baltimore with 8 points,
including two 3-pointers, and Heather Walker with a 3-pointer.
The weekend's games put the Lady Wildcats to 16-8
After traveling to Carthage on Tuesday, Feb. 1 for
a district game against the Smith County Owlettes, the Lady Wildcats
will travel to Byrdstown on Thursday, Feb. 3 for a non-district
game against the Pickett County Lady Bobcats. Then Livingston Academy
will host the DeKalb County Lady Tigers on Friday, Feb. 4.
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Garrett TTU Rebound Machine
At 5 feet 6 inches tall, you probably wouldn't expect
Tennessee Tech's Misty Garrett to be a rebounding machine. But,
the point guard from Livingston has proven to be that and a whole
lot more during her sophomore season with the Golden Eaglettes.
Garrett has been tough on the boards against opposing
foes, averaging six rebounds a contest and seven caroms against
league opponents. Six times this season she has pulled down seven
or more boards in a contest including a career-high 10 rebounds
against Austin Peay on Saturday, Jan. 22.
Garrett said, "I guess I've been in the right
place at the right time. At 5-6, I don't have much advantage over
the taller players. When I was in grade school, I played the post
on defense so I learned to get in there and battle for a rebound."
Garrett is proving to be an all-around performer as
a playmaker in the Golden Eaglette backcourt. Besides ranking second
on the team and 10th in the league in rebounds, Garrett is second
in the OVC in assist/turnover ratio (1.71) and third in assists
"You always want to rebound to help the team,"
Garrett said. "It's not really one of my goals to lead the
team or rank high in the conference. I just try to keep my turnovers
down and my assists up and do whatever the team needs me to do."
The all-around performer Garrett is turning into in
college reflects the type of player she was for four years at Livingston
Academy. At LA, she averaged 12 points, 9 assists, and 5 rebounds
as a junior and 11 points, 6 boards, and 8 assists as a senior.
At TTU, she made an immediate impact as a freshman, becoming the
first freshman in 12 years to lead the team in assists and earning
the team's Most Improved Player award.
"It's always a goal to get better and improve
everyday," she said. "There's no perfect player. You just
have to work hard to get better and better."
Garrett continues to get better and better and she
also continues to come close to accomplishing a rare feat on the
hardwood, a triple-double. A triple-double is accomplished by tallying
double figures in points, rebounds, and assists during a game. It
has only happened nine times in the history of Golden Eaglette basketball
and hasn't occurred in a game since Tanya Lovelace notched 14 points,
14 assists and 10 rebounds against New Mexico in 1994.
On two occasions this season Garrett has narrowly
missed recording a triple-double. In a win at Morehead State, she
had 10 points, 9 rebounds, and 8 assists before recording an 11-point,
8-rebound, and 7-assist performance in a triumph over TSU.
"It would be neat I guess to get a triple-double,
but I just want to win and do the things I need to do to help the
team," Garrett said. "It would be great if it happened,
as long as we win."
Heading into crucial Ohio Valley Conference road games
at Tennessee Martin (5-12/4-4) on Thursday, Jan. 27, and Murray
State (7-10/5-3) on Saturday, Jan. 29, Garrett guided a Tech team
that is 13-6 overall and 8-0 in the OVC. The Golden Eaglettes won
both games to move to 10-0 in the conference.
Houser Commits To Dartmouth
Livingston Academy Wildcat wide receiver Matthan Houser
has committed to Dartmouth.
Houser chose the Ivy League school over Army. He also
considered UAB, Idaho, UL-Monroe, Lehigh, and Cornell.
"The coaches offered me an opportunity to compete
for playing time right away and the academics are second to none,"
Houser said of Dartmouth. "I had a great time on my official
visit and pretty much made my decision while I was there. It is
a great opportunity to play football at a high level while getting
an exceptional education."
Dartmouth Head Coach John Lyons visited Houser in
his home on December 14 and Houser took his official visit to the
campus on the weekend of January 14-16.
A four-time 1st Team All-State selection, including
three times by the Associated Press, Houser holds numerous school
records at Livingston Academy, including career total yardage at
7,104, and career receiving yards at 2,078.
He is the son of Mark Houser of Livingston and Tania
Stephens of Grundy, VA.
Dartmouth, located in Hanover, NH, is the nation's
ninth oldest college, founded in 1769. The medical school, founded
in 1797, is the nation's fourth oldest school of medicine. The Thayer
School of Engineering is the nation's oldest, founded in 1867, and
the Amos Tuck School of Business is the oldest graduate school of
management in the world, founded in 1900.
The school has only 4,000 students and is perhaps
best described by Daniel Webster, class of 1801, who testified before
the Supreme Court in the Dartmouth College Case of 1819, in which
the state of New Hampshire attempted to gain control of the private
school. "It is, sir, as I have said, a small college; and yet,
there are those who love it."
U.S. News & World Report ranks Dartmouth as the number
one university in the nation in its commitment to undergraduate
teaching. In a recent survey, The Chronicle of Higher Education
identified Dartmouth as having the highest graduation rate of football
players, 97.9 percent, in the NCAA. The school has had 30 GTE Academic
All-American selections since 1980.
The football program has an overall record of 624-350-46,
and has posted nine unbeaten seasons. Six players and five coaches
are in the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame, and the school
has won two Lambert Trophies for eastern supremacy, in addition
to claiming the national championship in 1925. The undefeated 1937
team turned down an invitation to the Rose Bowl.
Since the inception of the Ivy League in 1956, the
Big Green has a league best 202-98-9 record in league play and has
won 17 league championships, more than any other school. The Ivy
League consists of Dartmouth, Yale, Harvard, Princeton, Penn, Brown,
Cornell, and Columbia.
The school has placed a number of players in the NFL,
including current Jacksonville backup quarterback Jay Fiedler, Arizona
Cardinals linebacker Zach Walz, and San Diego Chargers defensive
back Lloyd Lee. Former NFL players include former All-Pro kicker
Nick Lowery, former All-Pro linebacker Reggie Williams, and quarterback
Other distinguished alumni include Dave Shula, the
youngest head coach in NFL history, Mike Brown, general manager
of the Cincinnati Bengals, C. Everett Koop, former U.S. Surgeon
General, and the CEOs of Mattel, IBM, Simon & Schuster, Hallmark,
and the Boston Stock Exchange.
High Sanctioned After Incident
With a state championship run looming in the weeks ahead, the Celina
Lady Bulldogs almost had the rug pulled out from under them.
The state's number 2 ranked team in Class A would
have been denied the opportunity to play in this year's state tournament,
or any post season tournament, if Celina High School and the Clay
County School Board had not acted fast to mitigate a pending penalty
from the Tennessee Secondary Schools Athletic Association. All because
of the alleged action of an out-of- control "fan” who attacked
a referee after a game.
According to reports, the incident occurred following
the 54-52 Pickett County win at Celina on January 4 when James Beason
of Celina allegedly hit referee Mark Wheeler in the back of the
head as the game official was leaving the Celina gymnasium.
To head off a possible death penalty for the 1999-2000
season, Celina High School announced it would voluntarily have no
home games until January 2001, and in a called meeting on January
21, the Clay County School Board voted to approve the school's self-imposed
The action was necessary as a letter from TSSAA Executive
Director Ronnie Carter emphasized.
The letter, published in the January 25 Citizen-Statesman,
a Celina newspaper, stated, "Of all incidents that deal in
the area of unsportsmanlike conduct, the physical contact of a person
in authority by players, coaches, or fans is of the most extreme
nature. A fact that all of us obviously recognize is that the physical
contact of an official by a fan cannot be condoned and will not
be tolerated. This major violation can result only in major penalties."
Carter added that the school system was being given
the chance to discipline itself before the TSSAA determined its
punishment because of the past exemplary record of Celina High School.
After the school announced its self-imposed sanctions,
the TSSAA made its final ruling on the matter. Celina High School
is on probation through the end of the 2000-20001 season and has
been fined $500.
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