'Cats Play In Sectional
Former Lady 'Cats Opposed In Championship
New Laws Are Now In Effect For Bass Fishing
Lady 'Cats Play In Sectional
By Dewain E. Peek
'Cats Play In Sectional Livingston Academy's only senior, Andrea
Brown, closed out her career as a Lady Wildcat with 2,094 points.
(OCN file photo by Dewain E. Peek)
So close, yet so far better than many expected at
the start of the season.
The Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats season ended
in the best battle of the Class AA Mid-East Sectional played last
week in Athens. The Lady 'Cats came up 2 points shy of another trip
to the state tournament, but that they were playing in the sectional
semi-final exceeded early expectations.
Livingston was projected as a third or fourth place
team in the district at the beginning of the year, after losing
four starters from last year's state championship team. They were
not expected to be able to compete with Upperman or Jackson County.
Lady Wildcats Coach Eddie Linder said, "This
has been a very enjoyable and learning experience this season. This
is a great bunch of kids. I've absolutely loved working with them
"We've had more losses this year than we've had
the last couple, but that don't take away from the joy of being
around the players. They've been real coachable and they've been
easy to coach. They listen well, they play hard, they come to practice
every day ready to practice, and you can't ask more than that as
far as a coach goes.
"Our goal to start the year was to improve every
game and get ready for tournament time and hope that by tournament
time we would improve and be better, and I think we did that. We
were just a couple of points away from going back to the state tournament.
"We wanted to get back there; we were disappointed
that we didn't. But at the same time, we were glad and appreciative
that we did improve and had a chance to get back there.
"Sometimes it's what kind of breaks you get,
and the last several years we've had some good breaks to go along
with our good play. This year, maybe we didn't get the breaks we
needed to go along with our good play. We understand that, it's
part of growing up.'
The Lady ‘Cats opened the sectional against Meigs
County on Thursday, March 2 at McMinn County High School.
Both teams struggled to score in the first period,
with LA gaining a 7-6 advantage going into the second period. Scoring
became easier in the second period, with Livingston again edging
Meigs 13-11 to lead 20-17 at halftime.
The Lady ‘Cats came out strong in the third period
with a 12-6 run to lead 32-23 going into the final frame. A 14-13
fourth put LA into the semifinal game with a 46-36 win.
Andrea Brown was plagued with fouls and played only
12 minutes in the game, leaving LA to play the bulk of the game
with five sophomores who proved up to the task.
"I thought, for a sectional, the five sophomores
performed well," Coach Linder said. "They fought and dug
and we were able to pull away in the second half. It just goes to
show you that our other kids do have a lot of fight in them. They
didn't fold when Andrea went out of the game.
"It was a good win. Anytime you beat Meigs County
in a sectional it is a good win.'
Jenna Baltimore led LA in scoring with 13 points,
including two 3-pointers and 5 free throws, followed by Stephanie
Sullivan with 9 points, including 3 free throws, Jessica Leach with
8 points, including 4 free throws, Joie Puckett with 5 points, including
a 3-pointer, Andrea Brown with 4 points, Renee Melton with 4 points,
including 2 free throws, and Heather Walker with 3 points, including
a free throw.
Jessica Leach led LA in assists with 4, followed
by Baltimore with 3, Puckett with 2, and Melton and Brown with 1
Stephanie Sullivan led in rebounds with 9, followed
by Leach with 8, Puckett with 6, Baltimore and Melton with 4 each,
and Brown with 1.
Sullivan blocked 4 shots and had 2 steals, Brown blocked
2 shots, and Baltimore blocked a shot.
The next evening, the Lady ‘Cats faced McMinn Central
in the semifinal. The winner would automatically be in the state
tournament, the loser's season would end.
The Lady Wildcats pulled ahead early and held a 12-7
lead going into the second period. The second period became a nightmare
for the Lady ‘Cats on the scoring end. The term "can't buy
a bucket" became a reality. McMinn outscored LA 17-7 in the
second to take a 24-19 lead into halftime.
Livingston corrected the problem in the third period,
outscored McMinn 15-6, and took a 34-30 lead into the final round.
McMinn refused to go away and baskets became harder to come by for
LA. McMinn tied the game at 40 with seconds left, then won with
a basket at the buzzer.
"They have a Miss Basketball finalist in Julie
Aderhold. They posed a lot of problems for us because of their size,"
Coach Linder said. Even their guards were big. We knew going into
the game that rebounding was going to be a concern.
"We started out real well in the game, got up
8-0 starting out good. Then in the second quarter we just went cold
shooting and started forcing some bad shots. They took the lead
at halftime. "Then we got on a roll early in the third quarter.
Andrea Brown, with her senior leadership, caught fire and started
bringing us back and we were able to pull the lead.
"We had a 4 point lead with roughly a minute-thirty
left in the game. We don't lose many of those games. I guess that's
"Down the stretch, some of the breaks didn't
go our way, then they hit the shot at the buzzer. It's just tough
to lose one like that. It kind of rips your heart out pretty good.
It's just a rough way to see the season end like that."
Senior Andrea Brown led in scoring with 21 points,
including two 3-pointers and 3 free throws. Jenna Baltimore scored
7 points, including 3 free throws, Joie Puckett scored 6 points
on two 3-pointers, Stephanie Sullivan scored 5 points, including
3 free throws, and Jessica Leach hit a free throw.
Jenna Baltimore led LA in assists with 6, followed
by Puckett with 2, and Sullivan and Leach with 1 each.
Jessica Leach led LA in rebounds with 5, followed
by Brown and Sullivan with 4 each, Baltimore and Renee Melton 2
each, and Puckett 1.
Sullivan blocked 3 shots, Baltimore had 5 steals,
and Leach and Puckett each had a steal.
The Lady Wildcats closed the 1999-2000 season with
a 25-11 overall record.
"We lose one senior, and she's like losing two
or three seniors all in one." Coach Linder said. "She's
a tremendous player, tremendous person. Losing a person like Andrea
is tough to deal with, even though kids have a tendency to step
forward and replace people. But she's going to be a tough one to
replace, in more ways than one.
"She scored 2,094 points in her career. She's
just had a tremendous career here. Not only me, but the team, and
the whole community, is going to miss her quite a bit."
In the 1999-2000 season, Andrea Brown led the Lady
Wildcats in scoring with 559 points, averaging 15.5 points per game,
led in rebounds with 225, averaging 6.2 per game, led in free throw
percentage at 82 percent (81 of 99), led in 3-point shooting percentage
at 43 percent, tied for the most steals with 35, averaging 1.7 per
game, was second in blocks with 35, averaging 1 per game, and averaged
1.4 assists per game with 51 at season's end.
"Andrea's going to have a great career on down
the road when she goes to play at Tennessee Tech, and we wish her
the best," Coach Linder said. "She's got a good future
ahead of her. They've got a great kid coming, not only a good ballplayer
but you won't find a better person to be around with better work
habits than her.
"We do return a lot of people. I know expectations
will be big. It's going to take a lot of hard work."
Other team leaders for the Lady ‘Cats in the 1999-2000
season include sophomore Stephanie Sullivan who led in blocks with
75, averaging 2.4 per game, and was second in rebounds with 158,
averaging 5.1 per game. She averaged 12.2 points per game, scoring
379 in the season. She hit 69 percent on free throws and 57 percent
from the field.
Sophomore Jenna Baltimore led the team in assists
with 131, averaging 3.9 per game, and led the team in steals with
62, averaging 1.8 per game. She was second in scoring with 416 points,
averaging 12.2 points per game, and was second in 3-point shooting
percentage at 40 percent. She hit 68 percent on free throws.
Sophomore Jessica Leach was second in assists with
110, averaging 3.7 per game. She had 47 steals, averaging 1.6 per
game, and averaged 4 rebounds per game. She hit 57 percent on free
Regular starter Joie Puckett, also a sophomore, made
85 assists, averaging 2.6 per game, averaged 2.3 rebounds per game,
and averaged a steal per game.
"We're hoping we can build on this year and
some of the kids can improve their game some," Coach Linder
said. "It's going to take a lot of work, but these kids have
been around a lot of basketball and know how hard they're going
to have to work to win. We're hoping from the learning experience
of this year and not making it to the state tournament maybe we
can come back hungry next year."
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Lady 'Cats Opposed In Championship
Two former Lady Wildcats opposed each other in the
Ohio Valley Conference championship game held Sunday, March 5 at
Gaylord Entertainment Center, Paige Smith for the Austin Peay Lady
Governors, and Misty Garrett for the Tennessee Tech Golden Eaglettes.
Austin Peay dispatched MTSU 67-58 in the OVC semifinals.
Paige Smith scored 13 points in the win.
Tennessee Tech defeated Eastern Illinois 68-48 early
in the tournament. Misty Garrett had 13 assists in the win.
The Golden Eaglettes won their way into the OVC championship
game by defeating Murray State 67-45.
In the championship game, Tech trailed by 10 points
early, but came back to win the OVC championship 89-80. Misty Garrett
contributed a big 3-pointer to give the Eaglettes breathing room
at 69-62. She finished the game with 6 points, including 3 free
throws, 7 rebounds, 9 assists, and 3 steals.
Paige Smith scored 20 points, including four 3-pointers,
in the Lady Governors loss. She had 5 steals in the game.
Next stop for the TTU Golden Eaglettes is the Big
Dance, the NCAA Tournament.
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Laws Are Now In Effect For Bass Fishing
Changes became law as of March 1 on two of Tennessee's
popular reservoirs' most popular fish. Old fishing licenses expired
on the same day.
Kentucky Lake and Dale Hollow Reservoir are two impoundments
where substantial changes were made in fish regulations this year,
both concerning bass size limits. On Kentucky Lake, some anglers
will have to be particularly careful about largemouth in their live
Angler's fishing south of Kentucky Lake's mile marker
111.1 (near the confluence of the Duck River) may keep largemouth
that are larger than 13 inches; however, north of that landmark
the largemouth must be 14 inches or larger. In addition, the smallmouth
size limit became 14 inches lake-wide as of March 1.
Smallmouth bass also have a new size limit on Dale
Hollow Reservoir, which has become one of Tennessee's first large
impoundments to be given a slot limit. Smallmouth can no longer
be kept between 16 and 21 inches in length. Biologists recommended
this change to bolster Dale Hollow's already excellent quality smallmouth
fishery. One smallmouth can be kept below 16 inches and one can
be kept above 21 inches.
More information about Dale Hollow, Kentucky Lake,
and all of Tennessee's large public impoundments can be obtained
from TWRA's Tennessee Fishing Regulations 2000, which will be available
soon from businesses that sell fishing licenses.
Licenses are also now available. Tennessee fishing
and hunting licenses always expire on the last day of February,
regardless of when they are purchased. License costs will remain
the same as last year.
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