Play In Region Tourney
Lady 'Cats Region 4-AA Runner-up
Wildcats Play In Region
By Dewain E. Peek
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
"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
"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
"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
(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
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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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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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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