'Cats Open Season Winning One,
Wildcats Start Season Going 3 For 3
'Cats Open Season
Winning One, Losing Two
By Stuart Parsons
LA's Dustin Ferrell, #42, breaks up a Hancock County shot in Friday's
Thanksgiving Classic game.
The Crossville Jets blew the Livingston Academy Wildcats away in
a disappointing 16-point loss to open the 2000 season on the road
Tuesday, Nov. 21.
LA Wildcats Coach Danny McCoin said, "This loss was due to
inexperience in our team."
The Wildcats started off with 20 points in the first period to
lead Crossville by 6. But in the second period, the Jets came from
behind with a 21-9 run to lead by a 6-point advantage at half-time.
Crossville increased their lead with a 20-8 third quarter, and
continued to dominate in the fourth with a 31-21 final frame to
defeat LA 86-58.
One of the main leaders in overall points for LA was Andy Allred
with a total of 22 points, including 6 free throws. Also contributing
were Jeff Aldridge with 9 points, including a 3-pointer and 2 free
throws, Andy Beechboard with 8 points, including 4 free throws,
Matt Quarles with 7 points, including a free throw, Jesse Wolfram
with 5, including a 3-pointer, Josh Cravins with 4, including 2
free throws, Dustin Ferrell with 2 points, and Cody King with a
Matt Quarles led LA with 5 assists, followed by Wolfram with 4,
Beechboard with 3, Aldridge 2, and Allred, Cravins, and Robert Richardson
Andy Allred completed a double-double by leading in rebounds with
12. Aldridge had 8 rebounds, Quarles 4, Beech-board, Wolfram and
Cravins each had 3, Richardson, Ferrell, and King each had 2, and
Josh Walker and Kyle Copeland had 1 each.
Aldridge and Allred each had 3 steals, followed by Beech-board,
Wolfram, and Cravins with 2 steals each, and Quarles and Richardson
with 1 steal each.
"We had too many turnovers, but we played well at times."
said Coach McCoin.
The Wildcats played in the annual Pickett County Thanksgiving
Classic on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 24-25.
The Hancock Indians scalped the Wildcats 89-62 in the Friday game.
The Indians started off strong with a 23-14 first quarter and built
an 11-point lead by half-time at 41-30.
LA played strong in the third period, putting in 23 points against
28 for Hancock County, but the fourth quarter was too much for the
‘Cats, who were outscored 20-9.
Andy Allred lad the Wildcats with 19 points, including a 3-pointer
and 2 free throws. Jeff Aldridge also scored in double digits with
10 points, including 2 free throws. Andy Beechboard and Jamie Gurley
each scored 9 points, Beechboard including a 3-pointer and 2 free
throws, and Gurley also including a 3-pointer.
Also contributing in scoring were Josh Cravins with 3 points, including
a free throw, and Matt Quarles, Dustin Ferrell, and Cody King with
2 points each.
Andy Beechboard led LA with 5 assists, and Jesse Wolfram had 2.
Andy Allred for the second time completed a double-double by leading
LA with 13 rebounds. Quarles had 9, Aldridge 8, Gurley 5, Beechboard
4, Wolfram 3, Cravins and Ferrell 2 each, and King 1.
Wolfram led the Wildcats with 3 steals, and Beechboard had 2.
"We've showed signs of improvement. Didn't have as many turnovers."
said Coach McCoin.
The Wildcats have improved from 36 turnovers the previous game
to 16 turnovers this game.
On the second evening of the Pickett County Classic, the Wildcats
walked away with a 75-64 win against the Trousdale County Yellow
The Wildcats had the lead throughout the entire game.
"We didn't play as hard the last of the game. We had a 19-point
lead and we let that slip to about 8 point. This was due to inexperience."
Although they let this lead slip a little bit. The Wildcats still
managed to hang on.
Junior Jeff Aldridge led the Wildcats with 21 points, including
a 3-pointer and 2 free throws. Another leader in points was Jesse
Wolfram with 16 points, including 2 free throws. Jamie Gurley had
13 points, including a 3-pointer and 2 free throws. Andy Allred
also scored in double figures with 11 points, including a free throw.
Also contributing were Andy Beechboard with 7 points, including
a free throw, Matt Quarles with 6 points, including 2 free throws,
and Robert Richardson with a free throw.
Matt Quarles led the team with 7 assists, followed by Andy Beechboard
with 5, Wolfram with 4, Gurley with 3, and Allred and Aldridge with
For the third time in three games Andy Allred recorded a double-double
as he led the Wildcats with 13 rebounds. But he wasn't the only
one with a double-double. Jeff Aldridge had 11 rebounds to complete
Quarles had 9 rebounds, Gurley 7, Wolfram and Cravins 3 each, and
Richardson and Ferrell 2 each.
Beechboard, Allred, Aldridge each had 3 steals, Quarles, Wolfram,
and Richardson each had 2, and Cravins and Gurley each had a steal.
"We played good. We had an all around good game." Coach
"We are climbing that mountain and showing signs of life.
And the only way we are going to get better is to get on the court
and play a little."
After hosting Cookeville on Tuesday, Nov. 28, the Wildcats will
travel to Jamestown on Friday, Dec. 1 to play the York Institute
Dragons, then will travel to Sparta on Tuesday, Dec. 5 to play the
White County Warriors.
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Wildcats Start Season Going 3 For 3
Dewain E. Peek and Russell Garrett
Jenna Baltimore, #10, tosses a pass in Friday's win
over Hancock County. Baltimore was on target offensively, leading
in scoring with 22 points, including six 3-pointers.
Three wins in three games is not a bad way for the
Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats to start the 2000 high school basketball
Lady Wildcats Coach Eddie Linder said of the wins,
"Overall I am real pleased with every player. All of them are
giving a great effort and we hope to continue to improve on that."
The Lady 'Cats traveled to Crossville on Tuesday,
Nov. 21 to take on the Lady Jets. Both teams seemed evenly matched
in the first period with Livingston leading 13-12 at the end of
the first. The second period was more of the same with LA outscoring
the home team 15-14 to take a 28-26 lead to half-time.
Crossville came out strong in the third period, outscoring
Livingston 16-10 to take a 42-38 lead into the fourth period. The
Lady ‘Cats came back with a 16-12 quarter to tie the game at 54
at the end of regulation.
In overtime, each team scored 6 points, moving the
game to a second overtime. Livingston broke out in the second OT
with a 12-6 run to win 72-66.
"It was an exciting way to start the season,
double overtime," Coach Linder said. "I knew they had
a good team.
"It was nice to see a win on the road against
a high caliber team. It was a learning experience."
Stephanie Sullivan led the LA scoring attack with
25 points, including 3 free throws. Also scoring in double figures
were Jenna Baltimore with 17, including three 3-pointers and 2 free
throws, and Renee Melton with 11 points, including 5 free throws.
Also contributing in the LA scoring were Jessica Leach
with 9 points, including a 3-pointer and 4 free throws, Katrina
Beechboard also with 9 points, including 3 free throws, and Megan
Thompson who hit a free throw.
Jenna Baltimore led in assists with 6, followed by
Beechboard with 4, and Leach and Melton with 3 each.
Renee Melton and Stephanie Sullivan each completed
double-doubles by pulling down rebounds in double figures, Melton
with 12 and Sullivan with 11. Beechboard had 7 rebounds, and Baltimore
and Leach each had 5.
Katrina Beechboard had 4 steals, Megan Thompson had
2 steals, and Stephanie Sullivan blocked 2 shots.
The Lady Wildcats traveled to Pickett County on Friday
and Saturday, Nov. 24-25 to play in the Pickett County Thanksgiving
The Lady Wildcats took on Hancock County on Friday.
LA overpowered the Lady Indians 17-5 in the first period and never
looked back, going on to win 77-31.
"We came out and played well in the first quarter
and took them out early," Coach Linder said. "Jenna's
6 threes set the stage. They couldn't recover."
Jenna Baltimore led all scoring with 22 points, including
six 3-pointers and 2 free throws. Three other Lady 'Cats also scored
in double figures. Stephanie Sullivan scored 16, Renee Melton scored
10, including 2 free throws, and Christen Cates scored 10, including
4 free throws.
Also scoring for LA were Kasey Baltimore with 7 points,
including a free throw, Katrina Beechboard with 6, Megan Thompson
with a 3-pointer, Heather Walker with 2 points, and Kelly Thurman
with a free throw.
Jenna Baltimore led in assists with 5, followed by
Beechboard with 3, Melton and Kasey Baltimore with 2 each, and Leach,
Thompson, and Walker with 1 each.
Stephanie Sullivan and Renee Melton both completed
double-doubles by pulling down 11 rebounds each. Cates had 6 rebounds,
Jenna Baltimore had 4, and Thompson had 3.
Leach had 3 steals, Jenna Baltimore, Sullivan, Melton,
Thompson, Cates, and Walker each had 2 steals, and Beechboard, Kasey
Baltimore, and Chelsie Stover each had a steal.
Next up was Trousdale County on Saturday. The Lady
'Cats jumped ahead 15-9 in the first period, but the Lady Yellow
Jackets outscored LA 14-13 in the second to put the LA lead at 28-23
The Lady Wildcats overpowered their opponent 24-13
in the third period to lead 52-36 and put the game out of reach.
LA went on to win 78-53.
"I was a little disappointed in the effort in
the first half, defensively and offensively," Coach Linder
said. "We picked it up in the second half. We hit some big
threes and perimeter shots.
"Katrina Beechboard and Jessica Leach shot well
from the perimeter. That really opened it up. We played much better
in the second half."
Jenna Baltimore again led the LA scoring with 21 points,
including six 3-pointers and 3 free throws. Four other Lady 'Cats
also scored in double figures. Renee Melton scored 13 points, including
3 free throws, Katrina Beechboard scored 12, including two 3-pointers,
Jessica Leach scored 11, including two 3-pointers and a free throw,
and Stephanie Sullivan scored 10 points, including 2 free throws.
Also scoring for LA were Megan Thompson with 5 points,
including a 3-pointer, Christen Cates with 4 points, and Heather
Walker with 2 points.
Jenna Baltimore led in assists with 6, followed by
Melton with 4, Beechboard and Leach with 3 each, and Thompson with
Renee Melton and Stephanie Sullivan completed double-doubles
for the third time in three games, with Melton pulling down 12 and
Sullivan 11. Beechboard had 9 rebounds, and Cates, Leach, and Jenna
Baltimore each had 5.
Jenna Baltimore, Leach, Sullivan, Beechboard, Thompson,
and Cates each had 2 steals.
After hosting the Cookeville Lady Cavaliers on Tuesday,
Nov. 28, the Lady Wildcats will travel to Jamestown to take on the
York Institute Lady Dragons on Friday, Dec. 1, then will travel
to Sparta to take on the Warriorettes on Tuesday, Dec. 5.
TUES., NOVEMBER 21 Cumberland Co. Away
FRI., NOVEMBER 24 Pickett Co. Classic Byrdstown
SAT., NOVEMBER 25 Pickett Co. Classic Byrdstown
T UES., NOVEMBER 28 Cookeville Home
FRI., DECEMBER 1 York Away
TUES., DECEMER 5 White Co. Away
FRI., DECEMBER 8 Cannon Co. Home
TUES., DECEMBER 12 DeKalb Co. Home
FRI., DECEMBER 15 Sonic Shootout Sparta
DECEMBER 26-30 LIV. Jaycee Tournament TBA
FRI., JANUARY 5 Jackson Co. Home
TUES., JANUARY 9 Smith Co. Away
FRI., JANUARY 12 Cannon Co. Away
SAT., JANUARY 13 Cumberland Co. Home
TUES., JANUARY 16 Upperman Away
FRI., JANUARY 19 York Home
TUES., JANUARY 23 Pickett Co. Away
FRI., JANUARY 26 Upperman Home
TUES., JANUARY 30 Smith Co. Home
FRI., FEBRUARY 2 DeKalb Co. Away
TUES., FEBRUARY 6 Jackson Co. Away
FRI., FEBRUARY 9 White Co. Home
TUES., FEBRUARY 13 Cookeville Away
FRI., FEBRUARY 16 Pickett Co. Home
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