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Archives 02-02-2000


'Cats Defeat Cavaliers
Lady 'Cats Defeat Lady Cavs
Misty Garrett TTU Rebound Machinet
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

Livingston 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. 29.

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

LA 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 33-20.

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 second half.

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 a steal.

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 overall

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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Misty 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 (4.67).

"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.


Matthan 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 Jeff Kemp.

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.


Celina 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 penalty.

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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