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'LA Wildcats Defeat DeKalb Tigers
Lady 'Cats Sweep Three Games
Jeremy McDonald Signs With TTU


 



LA Wildcats Defeat DeKalb Tigers
By Dewain E. Peek

Livingston's Andy Allred zeroes in on the basket in Friday's Wildcats win. Allred scored 15 points in the game. (photo by Dewain E. Peek)

A 70-65 home win topped last week's play for the Livingston Academy Wildcats.

The Friday, Feb. 4 game began with the ‘Cats taking a 20-17 lead over the visiting DeKalb County Tigers. The Tigers turned up the defense in the second period, holding LA to 7 points while scoring 12 to take a 29-27 lead to halftime.

The Wildcats regained the lead in the third period with a 21-15 quarter, and held the lead through a 22-21 final frame for the win.

LA scored 24 points off of turnovers.

Livingston's Jerran Allen led all scorers with 23 points, including five 3-pointers and 4 of 4 on free throws. Andy Allred scored 15 points, including 5 of 5 on free throws, and Chris Everley scored 12 points, including a 3-pointer and 3 free throws. LA scoring was rounded out by David Stockton with 8 points, including 4 free throws, Jeff Aldridge with 7 points, including a 3-pointer and 2 free throws, and Andy Beechboard with 5 points, including a 3-pointer.

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

David Stockton led in rebounds with 12, followed by Andy Allred who completed a double-double by pulling down 10 rebounds. Beechboard had 5 rebounds, Aldridge 4, Everley 3, and Allen 2. Allred blocked 2 shots, Allen had 3 steals, Everley and Stockton had 2 steals each, and Beechboard had a steal. DeKalb County was led by Brian Officer with 17 points, including a free throw, Jeremy Davis with 15 points, including three 3-pointers, Angelo Partemi with 12 points, and John Duke with 11 points, including a free throw.

The win came on the heels of a disappointing outing at Byrdstown on Thursday, Feb. 3.

The teams seemed evenly matched in the first period with the home team holding a 15-13 advantage over the Wildcats going into the second period. The Bobcats extended their lead to 37-29 at halftime with a 37-29 quarter.

Then the home cats squeezed the life out of the visiting cats. LA managed only 2 points in the third period to Pickett County's 17, to trail 31-54 going into the fourth period. The Wildcats made a valiant effort at coming back in the last quarter, doubling their opponents scoring, 20-10, but it wasn't enough to keep from losing 51-64.

The Wildcats hit only 8 of 28 shots from the field in the second half.

Pickett County's John Crouch led in scoring with 21 points, including a 3-pointer and 2 free throws, followed by Andy Asberry with 11 points, including 3 free throws.

No Livingston Academy player scored in double figures. LA was led in scoring by Andy Beechboard and Joseph McGill with 9 points each, Beechboard's from three 3-pointers and McGill including a 3-pointer and 2 free throws, followed by Andy Allred with 8 points, Jerran Allen with 7 points, including a 3-pointer, David Stockton with 6 points, Jeff Aldridge with 4 points, Erik Emerick with 3 points, including a 3-pointer, Chris Everley and Matthan Houser with 2 points each, and Jesse Wolfram with a free throw made.

Everley led LA in assists with 4, followed by Houser with 3, Beechboard and Aldridge with 2 each, and Allen, Stockton, Allred, McGill, and Josh Cravins with 1 each.

Joseph McGill led in rebounds with 10, followed by Allen with 5, Houser and Beechboard 4 each, Emerick 3, Everley, Stockton, and Allred 2 each, and Aldridge, Cravins, and Wolfram 1 each.

Beechboard blocked a shot and had 4 steals, McGill blocked a shot and had 3 steals, Allred blocked a shot and had a steal, Emerick and John Thrasher each blocked a shot, and Allen, Everley, and Cravins each had a steal. Earlier in the week, the Wildcats traveled to Carthage to take on the Smith County Owls in a district contest.

The Tuesday, Feb. 1 game began with the Wildcats taking a 15-11 lead in the first period, then pouring it on with a 22-10 second period to lead 37-21 at halftime. But the ‘Cats could not hold the lead. The Owls swooped in a 28-10 third period to take a 49-47 lead at the end of the third period, then followed it with a 27-16 final frame to win 76-63.

Smith County's Craig Williams led in scoring with 21 points, including three 3-pointers and 4 of 4 on free throws. Three other Owls scored in double figures. Cory MacDonald scored 18 points, including three 3-pointers and 5 free throws, Adam Huff scored 14 points, including two 3-pointers and 2 free throws, and Ryan White scored 11 points, including 3 free throws. Smith County hit 22 of 33 free throws in the game.

LA was led by David Stockton with 19 points, including 5 free throws, followed by Andy Beechboard with 13 points, including a 3-pointer, and Andy Allred with 10 points. LA scoring was rounded out by Jerran Allen and Jeff Aldridge with 7 points each, Allen including a 3-pointer and Aldridge including 3 free throws, Chris Everley with 5 points, including a free throw, and Matthan Houser with 2 points.

Everley and Beechboard each made 5 assists, Allen and Aldridge 3 each, Houser 2, and Stockton 1.

David Stockton completed a double-double by leading in rebounds with 10. Allred had 5 rebounds, Beechboard 3, Aldridge and Rob Richardson 2 each, and Everley 1.

Aldridge blocked 2 shots, Allen had 3 steals, Everley and Beechboard each had 2 steals, and Stockton and Richardson each had a steal.

The week's games moved the 'Cats to 5-6 in District 8-AA and 12-14 overall.

The Wildcats will close the regular season with a Homecoming game against the Jackson County Blue Devils on Friday, Feb. 11. The district tournament will begin Monday, Feb. 14 at Tennessee Tech's Hooper-Eblen Center.

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Lady 'Cats Sweep Three Games

By Dewain E. Peek

Livingston Academy sophomore Stephanie Sullivan, #12, puts in 2 of her game leading 18 points against the DeKalb County Lady Tigers on Friday night. (photo by Dewain E. Peek)

The Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats swept through the penultimate week of the 1999-2000 regular season with three wins, two in District 8-AA and one non-district.

The Lady Wildcats began the week by traveling to Carthage on Tuesday, Feb. 1 for a district game against the Smith County Owlettes. The Lady 'Cats dictated terms to the home team early with a 10-4 first period. Both teams locked up for an 11-11 second period for a 21-15 LA lead at halftime.

LA again took charge in the third period by doubling the Owlettes output, 16-8, to lead 37-23 going to the final period. The Lady ‘Cats needed no more points. A 15-8 fourth gave the Lady Wildcats a 52-31 victory.

LA scored 25 points off of turnovers in the game.

Andrea Brown led all scorers with 14 points, including two 3-pointers. Stephanie Sullivan and Jenna Baltimore followed in scoring with 12 points each, Sullivan including 2 free throws and Baltimore including two 3-pointers and 4 of 4 on free throws. LA scoring was rounded out by Heather Walker with two 3-pointers, Jessica Leach and Joie Puckett with a 3-pointer each, and Renee Melton with 2 points each.

Baltimore and Walker led in assists with 5 each, followed by Leach and Puckett with 3 each, and Sullivan with 2.

Sullivan and Baltimore each had 4 rebounds, Brown and Walker 3 each, Leach 2, and Christen Cates with 1.

Sullivan blocked 2 shots, Melton blocked a shot and had 3 steals, Brown blocked a shot and had a steal, Baltimore and Walker each had 2 steals, and Leach had a steal.

Smith County was led by Meranda Rigsby with 10 points from three 3-pointers and a free throw.

Next stop was Byrdstown on Thursday, Feb. 3.

The Lady ‘Cats overpowered the home Lady Bobcats 15-3 in the first period and put the game away with an 18-7 second period to lead 33-10 at halftime. LA needed no more points.

Each team scored 11 points in the third period, then Livingston doubled Pickett County's output in the fourth period, 14-7, to win 58-28.

Pickett County hit only 6 of 30 from the field in the game, including 1 of 12 from 3-point range.

Every Livingston player scored in the game. Stephanie Sullivan led in scoring with 22 points, including a perfect 10 of 10 on free throws. Three LA players came up 7's, Andrea Brown, Jessica Leach, and Renee Melton, Brown including a 3-pointer, Leach including a 3-pointer and 2 free throws, and Melton hitting 5 free throws. Jenna Baltimore scored 4 points, 2 on free throws, Joie Puckett hit a 3-pointer, Heather Walker scored 3 points, including a free throw, Amanda Jackson and Deidra Pryor scored 2 points each, and Christen Cates hit a free throw.

Leach made 4 assists, followed by Puckett, Melton, and Jackson with 2 each, and Baltimore and Walker with 1 each.

Sullivan led in rebounds with 8, followed by Leach with 7, Melton with 6, Puckett with 5, Brown with 4, and Baltimore with 2.

Stephanie Sullivan blocked 5 shots and had a steal, Leach had 3 steals, Walker had 2 steals, and Baltimore and Melton each had a steal.

The following night the Lady Wildcats welcomed the DeKalb County Lady Tigers into their den, then devoured them with a 26-8 first period, followed by a 14-7 second to lead 40-15 at halftime. The visitors outscored LA 17-16 in the third and were outscored 13-15 in the fourth to give Livingston Academy a 71-45 win.

Livingston scored 25 points off of turnovers.

Four LA players scored in double figures, led by Stephanie Sullivan with 18 points, all from the field, followed by Andrea Brown with 15 points, including three 3-pointers, and Jenna Baltimore and Renee Melton with 10 points each, Baltimore including two 3-pointers and Melton including 2 free throws. Livingston scoring was rounded out by Jessica Leach with 9 points, including a free throw, Heather Walker with 4 points, Joie Puckett with a 3-pointer, and Amanda Jackson with 2 free throws.

Leach led in assists with 6, followed by Baltimore with 5, Walker with 4, Puckett with 3, Brown and Jackson with 2 each, and Christen Cates with 1.

Melton led LA in rebounds with 5, followed by Brown, Baltimore, and Jackson with 4 each, Walker with 3, Sullivan and Leach with 2 each, and Cates with 1.

Brown blocked a shot and had 5 steals, Sullivan and Leach each blocked a shot and had a steal, Jackson blocked a shot, and Baltimore, Walker, Puckett, and Melton each had 2 steals.

Alicia Vickers led DeKalb County in scoring with 14 points, including three 3-pointers and a free throw.

The week's wins moved the Lady Wildcats to 7-4 in District 8-AA and 19-8 overall.

The Lady 'Cats will close out the regular season with a Homecoming district game at LA against Jackson County's Lady Blue Devils on Friday, Feb. 11. The district tournament will begin Monday, Feb. 14 at Tennessee Tech's Eblen Center.

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Jeremy McDonald Signs With TTU

On hand as Jeremy McDonald, seated left, signs his football scholarship with Tennessee Technological University are, standing, his parents, Brenda and Robert McDonald, and, seated right, Livingston Academy Principal Gary Ledbetter. (OCN staff photo)

Tennessee Tech wrapped up one of the most productive high school football national signing days in recent years with 20 preps inking national letters of intent with the Golden Eagles, including Jeremy McDonald of Livingston Academy.

The 6'3", 283 lb. offensive lineman from Livingston signed early Wednesday, Feb. 2.

Fourth-year Golden Eagle Head Coach Mike Hennigan said, "I am pleased with the way our staff has come together and worked toward bringing the best student-athletes to Tennessee Tech. The staff has put several months of effort into the recruiting process and, in spite of some disappointments, I think it has paid off."

The Golden Eagles look to replace 12 seniors from a 1999 squad that was nationally ranked after a 5-1 start, finishing 5-5 overall and third in the Ohio Valley Conference with a 4-3 mark.

On offense, Tech picked up three wide receivers, two running backs, two offensive linemen, and a quarterback.

"We have some players coming in who should fit in real well," Hennigan said. "We took care of our needs on defense and on the offensive line while upgrading the talent level at our skill positions."

 

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