'Cats Open Season Winning One,
Wildcats Start Season Going 3 For 3
'Cats Defeat Cavs,
Fall To Dragons
By Stuart Parsons
LA senior Matt Quarles leaps for a shot in Friday's game at York
The Wildcats pulled out a win against the Cookeville Cavaliers
on Tuesday, Nov. 28.
"Big win. We played real well. We played the way we are capable
of playing," Wildcats Coach Danny McCoin said.
"We turned the ball over a lot less and took a better ball
"A lot better intensity."
And this game was very intense until the end. The game was never
8 points apart during its entirety.
LA took a narrow 17-15 lead in the first period, and followed with
a 20-15 second period to take a 37-30 advantage into half-time.
The Cavaliers mounted a charge in the third period, outscoring
the 'Cats 18-12 to cut the lead to a single point at 49-48 going
into the final frame. LA held off the Cavs charge with a 21-16 fourth
to win 70-64.
Andy Allred led with a total of 20 points, including 8 free throw
shots. Matt Quarles was not far behind with 18 points, including
2 free throws and two 3-pointers.
Also Andy Beech-board and Jamie Gurley scored 11 points each. Gurley
had a foul shot and Beechboard had 3 free throws. Also contributing
were Jeff Aldridge with 6 points, and Jesse Wolfram with 4 points.
Both Jesse Wolfram and Andy Beechboard had 6 assists. Quarles helped
with 4 assists, Allred contributed 2, and Aldridge 1.
Andy Beechboard led LA in rebounds with 9. Quarles had 8, Allred
and Wolfram each had 7, Aldridge 3, and Gurley with 2.
Matt Quarles had 2 blocked shots and 4 steals. Allred had 2 block
shots and 3 steals, Aldridge had 4 steals, Gurley had 2 steals,
and Wolfram had a steal.
The Wildcats traveled to Jamestown on Friday, Dec 1 to take on
District 8-AA opponent York Institute.
The Wildcats outscored the Dragons 15-11 in the first period, but
the home team came back with a 16-13 second period to cut the lead
to a solitary point at half-time, with the score 28-27.
The Dragons put up another 16 points in the third, while LA could
only manage 10, giving York a 43-38 lead going into the fourth.
Livingston outscored the Jamestown team 12-11 in the fourth period,
but it was too little. York won 54-50.
"Our shooting was terrible," Coach McCoin said. "There
was no intensity. We are still on cloud nine."
"York wanted the win more than we did. We didn't play to what
we are capable of."
Jamie Gurley led the Wildcats with 11 points, including a 3 pointer.
Beechboard, Aldridge, and Wolfram each had 9 points, with each hitting
a 3-pointer. Wolfram hit 2 free throw shots.
Beechboard and Quarles both led LA with 4 assists each. Wolfram
and Gurley had 3 assists each, and Allred and Aldridge each had
Andy Allred led in rebounds with 8. Gurley had 7 rebounds, Quarles
5, Beechboard 3, Wolfram 2, and Aldridge and Richardson 1 each.
Andy Allred had 3 blocked shots and a steal. Quarles had a blocked
shot and 2 steals. Aldridge had 4 steals. Wolfram and Beechboard
each had 3 steals, and Gurley and Quarles each had 2 steals.
"But if we played with the intensity of the Cookeville game
every game, that would make the difference," Coach McCoin said.
After traveling to Sparta on Tuesday, Dec. 5 to take on the White
County Warriors, the Wildcats will host the Cannon County Lions
on Friday, Dec. 8 and the DeKalb County Tigers on Tuesday, Dec.
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'Cats Vanquish Lady Cavs, Lady Dragons
Dewain E. Peek and Russell Garrett
Coach Eddie Linder has the Lady Wildcats ready to
play in Friday's win at York Institute. The 68-39 win pushed the
Lady ‘Cats to 5-0 on the young season.
The Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats have played five
games, and have five wins to their credit. LA has started the 2000
season with a flawless 5-0 record.
The Lady 'Cats hosted the Cookeville Lady Cavaliers
on Tuesday, Nov. 28.
"Anytime you get a win against a team like Cookeville
you are pleased," Coach Eddie Linder said. "We have split
games the last three years with Cookeville so being one up on them
early in the season is a real plus."
The Lady 'Cats started off strong taking the lead
16-10 at the end of the first period. LA continued to dominate the
second period outscoring the Lady Cavaliers 19-11 to take a 35-21
lead at the half.
"We were real strong in the first half. Baltimore
helped set the tone with five 3-pointers early in the game,"
Coach Linder said, "but we knew when we went in at half time
that it would still be tough, and that a team like Cookeville wouldn't
just lay down."
In the third quarter it appeared that the Lady Cavs
might make a comeback. They outscored LA 15-6 in the third quarter.
The Lady ‘Cats answered in the fourth quarter, outscoring Cookeville
14-13 to take the win by a final score of 55-49.
Jenna Baltimore led scoring for the ‘Cats with 22
points, including five 3-pointers and 5 free throws. Also contributing
in double figures for the Lady 'Cats were Stephanie Sullivan with
12 points, including 6 free throws, and Renee Melton with 10 points.
Also scoring for LA, Jessica Leach had 6 points,
Katrina Beechboard had 4 points, including 2 free throws, and Megan
Thompson scored 1 point on a free throw attempt.
Jenna Baltimore led in assists with 4, followed by
Jessica Leach and Renee Melton both with 3, and Stephanie Sullivan,
Katrina Beechboard, and Megan Thompson each had 1.
Stephanie Sullivan led LA in rebounding with 6. Jenna
Baltimore, Renee Melton, and Katrina Beechboard had 5 boards each.
Jessica Leach and Kristen Cates each had 3, and Megan Thompson had
Jenna Baltimore and Renee Melton each had 2 steals,
and Stephanie Sullivan and Katrina Beechboard both had 1.
"In the second half we had trouble getting into
our rhythm on offense and Cookeville came out playing hard, but
our defense stepped up and played really well allowing us to keep
a 6-8 point lead and get the victory," Coach Linder said.
The Lady 'Cats traveled to York Institute to face
the York Lady Dragons on Friday, Dec. 1. LA lost on the road to
York last year so they were looking for a win there in their first
district game of the season.
"We came in wanting to play better and harder
than we did there last year and we did," Coach Linder said.
The Lady 'Cats took off to an early lead outscoring
the Lady Dragons 18-10 in the first quarter. LA continued to dominate
in the second quarter out scoring York 23-14 and went in at half-time
The second half was no different. LA outscored York
13-6 in the third quarter and 14-9 in the fourth quarter. LA went
on to defeat the Lady Dragons 68-39.
"Our guards played really well together. Baltimore,
Leach, and Beechboard contributed 48 points and I am real proud
of our defense; they played well and allowed us to keep the lead,"
Coach Linder said.
Jenna Baltimore led scoring for the Lady 'Cats with
24 points, including two 3-pointers and 6 free throws. Also contributing
double digits, Jessica Leach had 13 points, including one 3-pointer
and 2 free throws, Stephanie Sullivan had 10 points, and Katrina
Beechboard had 11 points, including 5 free throws.
Also scoring for LA, Renee Melton, Kristen Cates,
Kasey Baltimore, Heather Walker, and Kelly Thurman each had 2 points.
Jessica Leach led in assists for LA with 6. Jenna
Baltimore and Renee Melton both had 3, and Stephanie Sullivan, Katrina
Beechboard, and Heather Walker each had 1.
Jenna Baltimore led rebounds for the Lady 'Cats with
6. Jessica Leach and Katrina Beechboard both had 5. Stephanie Sullivan
and Renee Melton each had 4. Heather Walker and Megan Thompson each
had 2, and Kristen Cates picked up 1.
The Lady 'Cats forced 27 turnovers due to steals.
Of those, Jessica Leach had 8, Katrina Beechboard had 7, Stephanie
Sullivan had 6, Jenna Baltimore had 4, Megan Thompson and Heather
Walker both had one. Katrina Beechboard also had 2 blocked shots.
After traveling to Sparta to take on the Warriorettes
of White County on Tuesday, Dec. 5, LA will host Cannon county on
Friday, Dec. 8, and DeKalb County on Tuesday, Dec. 12.
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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