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Lady '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

Lady '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 this year.

"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 each.

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 what hurt.

"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 throws.

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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Former 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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New 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 wells.

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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