LA Wildcats Get Win Over Upperman
'Cats Take Sixth Straight Jaycees Championship
LA Wildcats Get
Win Over Upperman Bees
By Russell Garrett
Andy Allred, #25, hits 1 of his 5 free throws on his way to leading
Livingston Academy with 21 points against the Upperman Bees in Friday’s
The Livingston Academy Wildcats snapped a 16-game losing streak
Friday night, Jan. 26 with a win over Upperman Bees.
Livingston Academy hosted the Bees from Baxter for the second meeting
of the two teams this season. Upperman defeated LA at Baxter earlier
in the season 65-46.
This left LA looking for revenge as they met the Bees this time
on their home floor. This revenge would be found.
Upperman opened the first quarter with a 3-0 lead but would not
lead again the rest of the game. LA outscored the Bees 18-14 in
the first quarter. Livingston continued to control, outscoring Upperman
22-19 and leading 40-33 at the half.
The "Cats continued to lead the Bees in the third quarter,
outscoring them 14-10 in the third and leading 54-43 heading into
the fourth. Upperman tried to make a run in the fourth quarter,
but fell short. They outscored LA 18-12 in the fourth, but that
wouldn't be enough. LA went on to snap the losing streak, defeating
Upperman 66-61 and running their record to 3-17.
LA Wildcats Coach Danny McCoin said, "We played well, passed
the ball, executed, and played good solid defense. The boys played
hard and got a well deserved win."
The 'Cats had four players in double figures, which helped contribute
to their win. Andy Allred led scoring with 21 points, including
5 free throws. Also in double figures for LA, Joseph McGill had
13 points, including 3 free throws, Jesse Wolfram had 11 points,
including a 3-pointer, and Jeff Aldridge had 10 points, including
3 free throws and a 3-pointer.
Also adding numbers to the scoreboard for LA, Andy Beechboard had
5 points, including a free throw, Matt Quarles had 4 points, including
2 free throws, and Cody King had 2 points.
Matt Quarles led the assist column for LA with 4 assists, followed
by Joseph McGill and Jesse Wolfram with 3 assists each, Andy Beechboard
and Andy Allred with 2 assists each, and Jeff Aldridge and Cody
King with 1 assist each.
Andy Allred controlled the boards for LA and completed his second
consecutive double-double by pulling down 10 rebounds along with
21 points. He was followed by Joseph McGill with 8 rebounds, Matt
Quarles with 7 rebounds, Andy Beech-board with 6 rebounds, Jesse
Wolfram with 3 rebounds, and Jeff Aldridge with 1 rebound.
Jesse Wolfram and Joseph McGill led steals for LA with 3 steals
apiece. Andy Allred and Matt Quarles also picked up 1 steal each.
To begin last week, the Wildcats added another game to that losing
streak with a heartbreaker in overtime to the York Dragons on Monday,
Jan. 15. The game was previously scheduled for Friday, Jan. 19,
but was postponed due to bad weather.
The 'Cats and Dragons battled early and came up even at the end
of the first quarter. The two teams were tied 10-10 heading into
the second quarter and remained close in the second quarter. LA
slightly edged York, outscoring them 11-8 and leading 21-18 at the
As has seemed to be the story all season long for the ‘Cats, LA
went into an offensive slump in the third quarter. The Dragons outscored
the 'Cats 14-5 to lead 32-26 heading into the fourth. The ‘Cats
refused to quit, making a rally in the fourth quarter outscoring
York 24-16 in the fourth quarter and sending the game into overtime
tied at 48.
"We missed some key shots near the end of regulation and had
an opportunity to win but could not take advantage of it,"
Coach McCoin said.
LA took an early lead in the overtime period with a bucket from
Andy Beechboard to put LA up 50-48. York answered with a series
of free throws and a key 3-pointer to steal the win and hand the
‘Cats their 16th loss of the season by a score of 59-50.
"We failed to make the shots when they counted there at the
end. We were forced to foul to get the ball back and York hit nearly
all of their shots," Coach McCoin said. Scoring for the 'Cats,
Andy Beechboard had 19 points, Jeff Aldridge had 17 points, Jesse
Wolfram had 8 points, Andy Allred had 4 points, and Cody King had
The 'Cats then traveled to Byrdstown to face the Pickett County
Bobcats on Tuesday, Jan. 23.
Pickett County took control in the first quarter, outscoring LA
28-16. LA, however, refused to go away. They outscored Pickett County
13-12 in the second quarter and trailed by a score of 40-29 at the
The 'Cats continued to rally in the third quarter. They out-scored
Pickett County 21-17 in the third. LA made a final run at the Bobcats
and only trailed by two (60-58) with only four minutes left in the
game, but still did not have enough. Pickett County recovered and
kept the win by a score of 76-69.
"We played well but got nervous and missed two key shots in
the fourth, and they demonstrated their talent by making some good
shots and we just couldn't hold on," Coach Danny McCoin said,
"Nevertheless, I thought we played well. We showed great effort
and played good team ball, but we just didn't have enough."
Andy Allred led scoring for the ‘Cats with 25 points, including
5 free throws and two 3-pointers, followed by Jesse Wolfram with
15 points, including 2 free throws and a 3-pointer, Jeff Aldridge
with 9 points, including a 3-pointer, Andy Beech-board with 7 points,
including 2 free throws and a 3-pointer, Matt Quarles, Cody King,
and Joseph McGill each with 4 points, and Dustin Ferrell with a
Assists were led by Matt Quarles and Andy Allred with 4 assists
each. Next was Andy Beechboard, Jesse Wolfram, and Joseph McGill
each with 3 assists, and Jeff Aldridge and Cody King each with 1
Andy Allred controlled the boards for LA and also completed a double-double
by pulling down 12 rebounds to accompany his 25 points. He was followed
by Jeff Aldridge with 10 rebounds, Jesse Wolfram with 6 rebounds,
Joseph McGill and Dustin Ferrell each with 3 rebounds, and Andy
Beechboard and Matt Quarles each with 2 rebounds.
Jeff Aldridge, Jesse Wolfram, and Joseph McGill also each picked
up a steal against the Bobcats.
After hosting Smith County on Tuesday, Jan. 30, the 'Cats will
travel to Smithville to play the DeKalb County Tigers on Friday,
Feb. 2, and then travel to Gainesboro to take on the Jackson County
Blue Devils on Tuesday, Feb. 6.
'Cats Take Sixth Straight Jaycees Championship
By Russell Garrett
Champions of the Livingston Jaycees Invitational Tournament
are once again the Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats. On hand for
the trophy presentation are, front row from left, team members Megan
Thompson, Kasey Baltimore, Heather Walker, Danielle Thrasher, Jessica
Leach, back row, Jenna Baltimore, Chelsea Stover, Katrina Beechboard,
Christen Cates, Kelly Thurman, Stephanie Sullivan, Renee Melton,
and Jaycees Invitational Tournament Director Sid Carr.
The Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats won three games
and lost one in a week topped by their sixth consecutive Jaycees
Invitational Tournament championship.
The Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats opened the week
hosting the York Institute Lady Dragons on Monday, Jan. 22 in a
game previously scheduled for Friday, Jan. 19 but rescheduled due
to bad weather.
The Lady 'Cats got off to a slow start. The Lady Dragons
outscored LA 15-13 in the first quarter. The second quarter was
a close one as LA outscored York 12-10 and headed into the locker
room tied at 25.
Lady Wildcats Coach Eddie Linder said, "York
did a good job of stopping our scorers and making some of our other
girls shoot the ball. We were not on offensively and it made for
a close game."
The third quarter was equally close as LA barely
edged York 10-8 to lead 35-43 heading into the fourth. The Lady
‘Cats pulled away in the fourth, going on a 16-2 run early in the
period and outscoring the Lady Dragons 25-12 and taking the win
by a score of 60-46.
"We were a little flat defensively," Coach
Linder said. "We allowed their post, Christy Cooper, 25 points
and York kept it tight, but Jenna Baltimore hit some big 3-point
buckets in the fourth quarter that allowed us to regain our offensive
composure, and were proud to take home a district win against a
Katrina Beechboard led the scoring column for LA
with 18 points, followed by Renee Melton with 12 points, Jenna Baltimore
with 11 points, Jessica Leach with 10 points, and Stephanie Sullivan
with 9 points.
The Lady 'Cats then traveled to Byrdstown to face
the Pickett County Lady Bobcats on Tuesday, Jan. 23.
The Lady 'Cats took the lead early in the first quarter,
outscoring the Lady Bobcats 11-8 in the first. LA found it difficult
to score in the first half shooting only 9 for 31 from the field
but used their tenacious defense to hold Pickett County to only
11 points in the first half. LA outscored Pickett County 12-3 in
the second quarter and led 23-11 at the half.
"We picked up the defensive intensity we had
been lacking in Monday night's game against York, but we still struggled
offensively in the first half. We were getting open looks but just
not being able to capitalize on them," Coach Linder said.
The Lady 'Cats came out of the locker room on fire.
They out-scored the Lady Bobcats 24-4 in the third quarter. Pickett
County wouldn't be able to recover. Livingston outscored Byrdstown
12-6 in the fourth and went on to win 59-21.
"We came out in the third quarter and were able
to make those shots that we had failed to earlier in the game,"
Coach Linder said. "We knocked down those shots and they weren't
able to recover. I got to play all of the girls and it's nice to
get to play all of the bench and allows them to get in some good
experience and quality minutes.”
Stephanie Sullivan led the scoring for the Lady ‘Cats
with 16 points, including 2 free throws. She was followed by Jenna
Baltimore with 13 points, including three 3-pointers, Katrina Beechboard
with 9 points, including a free throw, Jessica Leach with 8 points,
including 2 free throws and two 3-pointers, Christen Cates with
3 points, including a free throw, Kasey Baltimore with 2 points,
and Danielle Thrasher with 2 free throws.
Jessica Leach and Megan Thompson led in assists for
LA with 5 each. Jenna Baltimore had 3 assists, Renee Melton and
Katrina Beechboard had 2 assists each, and Stephanie Sullivan and
Danielle Thrasher each had 1 assist.
Katrina Beechboard controlled the boards for LA pulling
down 9 rebounds. Stephanie Sullivan had 5 rebounds, Jenna Baltimore
and Renee Melton had 4 rebounds each, Jessica Leach, Megan Thompson,
Christen Cates, and Kasey Baltimore each had 2 rebounds, and Kelly
Thurman and Heather Walker each had 1 rebound.
Jessica Leach and Megan Thompson shared the lead
for steals with 5 each. Jenna Baltimore had 4 steals, Katrina Beechboard
and Heather Walker had 2 steals each, and Stephanie Sullivan, Renee
Melton, Kelly Thurman, and Christen Cates each had a steal.
Livingston Academy then hosted the Upperman Lady Bees
on Friday, Jan. 26. Upperman had already handed the Lady 'Cats one
loss this season 68-55 on January 16. No doubt LA was looking to
redeem themselves on their home court against this tough Baxter
"Upperman is a very talented team and very balanced
on offense," Coach Linder said. "We came out and I felt
like we held our own being tied at the end of the first quarter."
The first quarter was a deadlock, tied at 15-15 going
into the second quarter. Upperman dominated early in the second
quarter, leading by as much as 14 points, but LA fought back with
a 6-0 run late in the second quarter but found themselves still
behind 31-23 at the half.
"What has seemed to carry over from the last
two games did here also. We were struggling on the offense end,
and we had a hard time stopping Emily Christian. Upperman did a
great job defending us and kept us from scoring," Coach Linder
The Lady Bees continued to sting in the third quarter
outscoring the Lady ‘Cats 15-5, led by Emily Christian who had 7
points in the third and a game high 21 points. Upperman never looked
back. They outscored LA 12-7 in the fourth quarter and defeated
the Lady ‘Cats 58-35. This dropped LA's District 8-AA record to
"We fought hard and didn't defend that bad, but
against a team like Upperman you have to have your A-game on offense
to stay in the game and have a chance to win it," Coach Linder
Jenna Baltimore led scoring for LA with 12 points,
including two 3-pointers. She was followed by Stephanie Sullivan
with 10 points, Jessica Leach, Renee Melton, and Katrina Beechboard
each with 4 points, and Danielle Thrasher with a free throw.
Katrina Beechboard led in assists for the Lady 'Cats
with 4, followed by Renee Melton with 3, Jessica Leach with 2, and
Jenna Baltimore and Stephanie Sullivan each with 1.
Rebounding was led by Stephanie Sullivan with 6.
Next was Jenna Baltimore and Renee Melton with 5 each, Katrina Beechboard
with 2, and Jessica Leach and Christen Cates each with 1.
Jenna Baltimore, Jessica Leach, Renee Melton, and
Heather Walker each had a steal.
The Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats played in the
championship game of the Livingston Jaycees Tournament, being made
up from a previous postponement. Livingston faced the Cookeville
Lady Cavaliers on Saturday, Jan. 27.
The Lady 'Cats, despite playing without the service
of starting point guard Jenna Baltimore, who injured her knee in
the previous night's game against Upperman, defeated the Lady Cavs
to take home their sixth consecutive Jaycees Tournament title, winning
by a score of 35-27.
"We lost Jenna from Friday night," Coach
Linder said. "She hurt her knee, and Cookeville has been playing
well, so we were very concerned, and Megan Thompson came in and
did a good job handling the ball. We had very few turnovers and
that is a big plus when you are missing your starting point guard."
"It was a low scoring game. Stephanie Sullivan
did a good job down on the block, contributing almost half of our
points. We had good balanced scoring and I'm proud of our girls
to get a win over Cookeville."
The first quarter was even, both teams scoring 7 points.
Livingston Academy took the lead in the second outscoring Cookeville
14-10 to lead 21-17 at the half.
The game continued to be a defensive struggle. The
Lady ‘Cats outscored the Lady Cavs 7-2 in the third quarter. The
Lady Cavs tried to make a run but couldn't do it. The Lady Cavs
outscored the Lady 'Cats 8-7 in the fourth, but that would not be
enough as LA went on to defeat Cookeville 35-27. This ran Livingston
Academy's overall record to 19-3.
Stephanie Sullivan was the high scorer for the Lady
'Cats with 13 points, including 3 free throws. Also scoring for
LA, Megan Thompson had 7 points, including 2 free throws and a 3-pointer,
Jessica Leach had 6 points, Katrina Beechboard had 6 points, including
a free throw and a 3-pointer, and Kelly Thurman had 3 points, including
a free throw.
Jessica Leach led the assist column for LA with 5.
Megan Thompson had 3 assists, Kelly Thurman had 2 assists, and Stephanie
Sullivan had an assist.
The boards for the Lady 'Cats were controlled by Stephanie
Sullivan with 5 rebounds. She was followed by Jessica Leach and
Katrina Beechboard each with 3 rebounds, Kelly Thur-man with 2 rebounds,
and Renee Melton and Megan Thompson with 1 rebound each.
Katrina Beechboard had 4 steals, Jessica Leach had
3 steals, Megan Thompson had 2 steals, and Kelly Thurman had a steal.
After hosting the Smith County Owlettes on Tuesday,
Jan. 30, the Lady 'Cats will travel to Smithville to play the DeKalb
County Lady Tigers on Friday, Feb. 2, and then go to Gainesboro
to take on the Jackson County Lady Blue Devils on Tuesday, Feb.
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