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Wildcats Play In Region Tourney
Lady 'Cats Region 4-AA Runner-up
Fishing Report
Tryout Scheduled


 



Wildcats Play In Region Tourney
By Dewain E. Peek

LA senior Jerran Allen, an All-Region Player, tries to leap for a shot against the Bledsoe Warriors.(photo by Russell Garrett)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A successful Livingston Academy Wildcats season came to an end in the Region 4-AA Tournament played last week at Avery Trace Middle School in Cookeville.

LA Wildcats Coach Danny McCoin said, "It was a great season. I had a blast. I've had the most fun, not only coaching but teaching also, that I've had in a long time. I've really enjoyed it and I hate that it's over.

"We've exceeded my expectations, greatly. We've had our ups and downs. We've had our growing pains, but we haven't had one problem, not one ill situation the whole year. Everybody's got along. Everybody's worked hard. Everybody's been respectful of each others feelings.

"It's been awesome. I've had a blast, enjoyed every minute of it."

The Wildcats opened Region 4-AA Tournament play on Tuesday, Feb. 22 against the Bledsoe County Warriors.

The ‘Cats jumped out front 11-6 in the first period to set the tone for the game. Bledsoe recovered in the second period to narrowly outscore LA 13-12 to trail 19-23 at halftime.

A 13-10 third quarter secured a Livingston 36-29 lead going into the fourth period, where the ‘Cats pulled away with a 24-14 quarter to win 60-43.

For Wildcats scored in double figures, led by David Stockton with 15 points, including 7 free throws. Jerran Allen scored 13 points, including two 3-pointers and 3 free throws, Chris Everley scored 11 points, including a 3-pointer and 2 free throws, and Andy Allred scored 11 points, including 3 free throws. LA scoring was rounded out by Matthan Houser with 6 points, and Andy Beechboard with 4 points, including 2 free throws.

Houser led LA in assists with 5, followed by Beechboard and Everley with 2 each, and Allred and Allen with 1 each.

David Stockton completed a double-double by leading LA in rebounds with 14. Andy Allred also completed a double-double by pulling down 10 rebounds. Everley had 8 rebounds, Allen 4, Beechboard 2, and Houser 1.

Allred and Houser each blocked a shot, and Stockton had 4 steals, Allen had 2 steals, and Everley had a steal.

Next up were the Jackson County Blue Devils on Thursday, Feb. 24, after a District 8-AA sweep of the region opponents.

The Wildcats gained a slight advantage in a strong first period, to lead 17-15 going into the second period. Both teams remained about even in the second with LA outscoring the Gainesboro team 12-11 to lead 29-26 at halftime.

The Blue Devils turned up the volume in the third period and devastate the ‘Cats with a 21-10 quarter. Leading 47-39 going into the fourth period, Jackson County wouldn't let the Wildcats catch up. A 15-14 fourth for LA guaranteed a 54-61 loss. The ‘Cats would have to try to win the consolation game on Saturday, Feb. 26 to advance to sectional play.

Jackson County's Brad Gaw led in scoring with 22 points, including 4 free throws. Chas Heady added 14 points, including 8 of 9 on free throw attempts.

Jerran Allen led LA in scoring with 18 points, including three 3-pointers and a free throw, followed by David Stockton with 15 points, including 7 of 9 on free throws, Andy Allred scored 9 points, including a 3-pointer, Chris Everley scored 7 points, including a free throw, Jeff Aldridge scored 3 points, including a free throw, and Andy Beechboard scored 2 points.

Chris Everley led LA in assists with 4, followed by Matthan Houser with 3, Stockton 2, and Allen 1.

David Stockton completed a double-double by leading in rebounds with 10. Allred had 8 rebounds, Allen and Everley had 3 each, Houser 2, and Beechboard 1.

Houser blocked a shot, and Everley had 2 steals and Stockton had a steal.

The Wildcats faced the York Institute Dragons in Saturday's consolation game, a rematch of the previous week's district tournament championship game. Both teams put up 15 points in the first period, then York broke out with a 15-9 second to lead 30-24 at halftime.

Both teams again locked up in the third, this time each scoring 12 points. The Dragons slightly outscored LA, 18-15, in the final round to win 60-51.

York was led by Anthony Jones with 18 points, including a 3-pointer and 11 of 12 from the free throw line.

Four Wildcats scored in double figures, led by Andy Allred with 15 points, including a 3-pointer and 2 free throws. Chris Everley scored 12 points, including two 3-pointers and 4 free throws, Jerran Allen scored 11 points, including three 3-pointers, David Stockton scored 11 points, including 3 free throws, and Andy Beechboard scored 2 points.

Houser led LA in assists with 5, followed by Everley with 4, Allen with 2, and Stockton with 1.

David Stockton again completed a double-double for the third time in three region tournament games by leading in rebounds with 14. Allred had 5 rebounds, Everley and Houser 4 each, Aldridge 2, and Allen and Beechboard 1 each.

Houser and Allred each blocked a shot, and Allen had 3 steals and Everley and Aldridge each had a steal. Livingston Academy's David Stockton and Jerran Allen were named All-Region 4-AA.

The Wildcats finished with a 16-17 overall record.

"I thought we played well," Coach McCoin said. "We lost two, but I thought through the whole tournament we played well.

"It's hard to keep beating the same people. A few mistakes will hurt you. The Jackson County game we had an opportunity to win. We had an opportunity to win the York game. It was just a matter of whose night it's going to be.

"I think they left it all on the floor. I don't think they held back anything. We might not have played as good as we wanted to, but they gave it everything they had."

The Wildcats will lose four seniors to graduation - Jerran Allen, David Stockton, Chris Everley, and Matthan Houser.

"We're going to miss them," Coach McCoin said. "It's going to be hard to replace them."

Through 32 games, Jerran Allen led LA in scoring with 535 total points, averaging 16.7 points per game. He also led in steals with 80, averaging 2.5 per game. He hit 49.5 percent from the field, 107 of 216, hit 31 percent from 3-point range, and hit 71 percent from the foul line, 57 of 80. He averaged 2.5 assists per game.

"It's going to be hard to replace Jerran's offensive abilities, his energy and his excitement that he brings to the offensive side of it,” Coach McCoin said. "He's played well for us."

Through 32 games, Chris Everley led LA in assists with 145, averaging 4.5 per game. He was third in rebounds with 112, averaging 3.5 per game, and was fourth in scoring with 209 points, averaging 6.5 per game. He was also third in free throw percentage for LA hitting 67 percent.

"He was kind of playing out of position," Coach McCoin said. "I knew that going in, but I had to have a point guard. Your point guard needs to be an unselfish player, needs to get the ball to other people and do the things that a lot of people don't see. I thought Chris Everley fit that bill perfectly.

"He handled the ball. He was a great team player. He doesn't care about anything but the team. He never worried about his stats or wanting to be the big scorer. At the end, he just kept getting better. He did a great job for us."

Through 32 games, David Stockton led LA in rebounds with 348, averaging 10.9 per game. He was second in scoring with 420 points, averaging 13.1 points per game. He averaged 1.3 steals per game, and hit 58 percent on free throws, leading the team in free throw points with 170. He was the highest rated starter from the field, hitting 56 percent, 161 of 286.

"Big old boy. You can't replace size. You don't coach or teach speed and size," Coach McCoin said. "Rebounds, he gets in there and works hard. He gave a lot of teams a lot of headaches.

"When he got the ball on the low block, it was almost an automatic score. A lot of people had to adjust their defense because of David.

"A super kid. I hope my kids grow up to be the kind of person he is. He never worried about anything except what was best for the team." Through 32 games, Matthan Houser averaged 3.9 assists per game, 1.6 steals per game, and 3.3 rebounds per game.

"You can't say enough about Matthan," Coach McCoin said. "The energy that he brings to the game. Matthan Houser's a winner. He's one of those kids that whatever it takes, he's going to find a way to win. That's what he brought to the table for us.

"His defense was awesome. He was our stopper. He brought energy. He brought the attitude.” Coach McCoin also praised Livingston's sixth man, the students, fans, and other supporters of the basketball program.

"The support that we've had throughout the year has been great," he said. "Hard times to good times."

Looking to next year, Coach McCoin said, "I'm excited. I'm ready to reload right now and go to practice right now. We've got some good kids coming up. Next year doesn't look like a bad year, it looks like a great year.


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Lady Wildcats Region 4-AA Runner-Up

By Dewain E. Peek

Members of the 1999 Region 4-AA Tournament Runner-Up Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats are, kneeling from left, Jenna Baltimore, Andrea Brown, Amanda Jackson, Heather Walker, standing from left, Christen Cates, Joie Puckett, Stephanie Sullivan, Renee Melton, Jessica Leach, and Deidra Pryor. (photo by Dewain E. Peek) Jessica Leach, #24, extends for a shot against Sequatchie County. (photo by Dewain E. Peek) Livingston Academy's senior Andrea Brown, an All-Region Player, schools a Sequatchie player in the Lady Wildcats' opening game of the Region 4-AA Tournament. Brown scored 29 of LA's 65 points.
(photo by Dewain E. Peek)

 

The Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats are the 2000 Region 4-AA Runner-Up and with the title will travel to Athens this week to play in the Class AA Mid-East Sectional for a chance to go to the state tournament.

Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats Coach Eddie Linder said, "We're pleased to be where we're at. We've got our goal in sight. We've got a chance at it and that's all you can ask for."

The Lady 'Cats opened Region 4-AA Tournament play at Avery Trace Middle School in Cookeville against Sequatchie County on Wednesday, Feb. 23. After a close scoring first quarter, the Lady Wildcats picked apart the Lady Indians offense and defense to dominate the rest of the game. LA led 36-18 at halftime and kept up the pressure in a 65-33 win.

LA's lone senior Andrea Brown led all scorers with 29 points. Following for LA were Stephanie Sullivan with 8 points, Jenna Baltimore with 6, Heather Walker with 5, Jessica Leach, Amanda Jackson, and Renee Melton with 4 each, Christen Cates with 3, and Joie Puckett with 2.

Sequatchie County was led by Alicia Seals with 13 points.

Next up was the Jackson County Lady Blue Devils on Thursday, Feb. 24, after District 8-AA had dispatched all teams from the opposing district.

The Gainesboro team dominated the first period 16-10, but Livingston answered with a strong defensive second period, holding Jackson County to 6 points while doubling that number to tie the game at 22 at halftime.

The Lady 'Cats gained an advantage with a 16-12 third period, then followed with a winning 17-10 fourth quarter performance to take a 55-44 victory and move into Saturday's championship game.

LA's Stephanie Sullivan led all scorers with 14 points, including 4 free throws. Jenna Baltimore scored 11 points, including a 3-pointer and 2 free throws, and Andrea Brown also scored 11 points, including 5 free throws. Joie Puckett was a perfect 8 of 8 from the foul line, Jessica Leach scored 7 points, 5 from the foul line, and Renee Melton scored 4 points.

Baltimore led LA in assists with 4, followed by Brown and Leach with 2 each, and Puckett with 1.

Andrea Brown led LA in rebounds with 9, followed by Sullivan with 8, Leach and Puckett with 5 each, Baltimore with 3, and Melton with 1.

Sullivan blocked a shot and had a steal, Baltimore had 2 steals, and Leach had a steal.

Jackson County was led by Heather Davidson with 11 points, and Andrea Davidson with 10 points.

"I think we grew up some as far as perimeter play," Coach Linder said. "We didn't make as many turnovers as the time before that. We were able to handle the pressure a little bit better than the first time. It was a good quality win for us. It was a good time to get a good win."

The following evening, the Lady Wildcats took on the Upperman Lady Bees in the championship game.

The Lady ‘Cats took an early lead at 14-11 going into the second period. A tight 12-11 second quarter kept LA in the lead at 26-22 going into halftime.

Upperman turned up the heat defensively in the third period, while misfiring on few tries. The Baxter team appeared to bury Livingston with a 20-5 overwhelming assault. But the Lady Wildcats would not go quietly. The Lady 'Cats battled back to within two points with 45 seconds remaining. Untimely turnovers cost LA in the final seconds. Livingston outscored Upperman 23-18 in the final frame, but it was not enough to stave off a 60-54 Baxter win.

Region 4-AA Tournament MVP Kim Blankenship led Upperman in scoring with 18 points, including two 3-pointers and 2 free throws, followed in scoring by Amber Rose with 12 points, including 4 free throws. Upperman scored 26 points off of LA turnovers in the game.

LA's Andrea Brown led all scorers with 24 points, including two 3-pointers and 2 free throws. Also scoring in double figures for LA was Jenna Baltimore with 12 points, including two 3-pointers and 4 free throws. Stephanie Sullivan scored 7 points, including 3 free throws, Joie Puckett scored 5 points, including a free throw, Heather Walker hit a 3-pointer, and Jessica Leach scored 3 points, including a free throw.

Baltimore led LA in assists with 4, followed by Brown and Leach with 2 each, and Puckett and Melton with 1 each.

Brown led LA in rebounds with 7, followed by Sullivan with 6, Leach with 5, Melton with 4, Puckett with 3, Amanda Jackson with 2, and Baltimore with 1.

Brown blocked 2 shots and Puckett had a steal.

Andrea Brown, Stephanie Sullivan, and Jenna Baltimore were all named All-Region 4-AA.

The loss put the Lady Wildcats at 24-10 going into the 2 p.m. CST Mid-East Sectional game against Meigs County on Thursday, March 2 at McMinn County High School in Athens. If LA wins, they will then face McMinn Central in a 2 p.m. CST semifinal game the following day. The winner of that game is in the state tournament and will play for seeding and the sectional championship at 5 p.m. CST on Saturday, March 4.

Upperman or Jackson County will not make the state tournament. They are both in the same bracket in the sectional tournament. Only the winners of each bracket, two teams total, will go on to the state tournament.

Of the region championship loss, Coach Linder said,

"Upperman is doing a tremendous job. They are just so balanced on offense. They got ahead of us by 10 or 12 points and we did make a run on them. "Upperman does a good job defensively, but where Upperman really bothers a lot of teams, where they're hard to match up with, is they're pretty quick. They've got one big post player and the other ones are basically guards. It puts a strain on us having to use our posts against their guards.

"Upperman's a team of runs. They can go on a 14-2 spurt during the game. Those are the things you've got to withstand from them. If you can keep them from making any runs, you're going to have a shot at them. They do that extremely well. They are very explosive. They'll get some steals, and boy they can capitalize off of it and score in a hurry.

"I was impressed with our ability to come back," he said. "I've been proud of our bench during tournament time. They've come in and done a good job. Renee Melton really did an exceptional job against Jackson County in the region. When Andrea got in foul trouble, she came in and scored 4 points, got a couple of boards for us, and was a shot in the arm. That may have been one of the big differences in the game.

"I think our kids are improving. Up to this point, I've been pleased with out tournament play. Hopefully, going into the sectionals we will continue to improve a little bit.

"We're going to take one game at a time. We are very concerned with Meigs right now.

"Handling the basketball is the most important thing right now. If we can handle the pressure, handle the basketball, and don't make many turnovers, I feel like we've got a good shot at beating anybody."

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Fishing Report

Watts Bar – Crappie are being caught in 12 to 16-foot of water in brush along creek channels on jigs and m innows. Bass fishing is hit or miss. Smallmouth and largemouth catches have been sporadic. Sauger fishing has slowed some with only a few being caught around the steam plant and in the tailwaters.

Dale Hollow – Fishing is good. Water temperature is 44 degrees. Lake is rising. Lots of smallmouth are being caught on minnows and jigs. A few crappie are being caught on minnows in 15 feet of water.

Center Hill – Fishing is improving. Water temperature is 47 degrees. Lake is rising. Some good catches of bass are being caught on crankbaits in colored water. Crappie fishing is improving on minnows in 10-15 feet of water.

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Tryout Scheduled

Babe Ruth League To Hold Try-Outs
The Overton County Babe Ruth League will hold player registration and try-outs on Saturday, March 4. Registration will be from noon to 1 p.m., followed by try-outs from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. All youth who did not play in the league during 1999 should register and be ready to try-out at this time. All youth who plan on playing this season must fill out a registration form. Registrations can be made at Upper Cumberland Sports, formerly Hall's Sports. For more information call Blane Garrett at 823-7212, Bill McKay at 823-1763 or Upper Cumberland Sports at 823-3838.

Little League Tryouts To Be Held March 4
The Overton County Little League Association will hold little league tryouts Saturday, March 4 at the Livingston City Ball Park from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and again from noon to 2 p.m. These sessions will be for age groups 9 to 10 and 11 to 12. Any child not present for the draft will be placed using a random draw. The Association strongly encourages the presence of every child.

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