Wildcats Take Tough Loss To
Wildcats Victorious Over Warriorettes
Tigers, Lose To Owls
By Russell Garrett
Senior Matt Quarles, #22, lays up a shot as a Jackson County Blue
Devil grabs some net.
The Livingston Academy Wildcats traveled to Gainesboro on Tuesday,
Feb. 6. to play the Jackson County Blue Devils.
Livingston and Jackson County traded baskets early in the first
quarter, but the 'Cats fell into an offensive slump to find themselves
down 19-12 at the end of the first quarter.
The two teams played evenly in the second quarter. Jackson County
outscored the 'Cats 20-18 and led 39-30 at the half.
LA Wildcats Coach Danny McCoin said, "We played well in the
first half, but Jackson County came out and shot the eyes out of
it in the second half."
The Blue Devils pulled away in the third quarter. LA came out cold
and did not score in the first five minutes of the third. Jackson
County took advantage of LA's cold spell, scoring 13 straight points
and going on to lead 65-38 at the end of the third quarter. The
fourth quarter belonged to Jackson County as well. They outscored
LA 30-9 in the fourth quarter and sailed to an easy victory by a
score of 95-47.
"Jackson County is strong both inside and outside, so you
basically have to decide who you're going to try to stop, and hope
the other doesn't shoot well," Coach McCoin said. "But
Jackson County shot well all around and were just too much for us."
Scoring for the 'Cats was led by Matt Quarles with 16 points. He
was followed by Jesse Wolfram with 8 points, Cody King and Robert
Richardson each with 5 points, Luke Eldridge with 4 points, Dustin
Ferrell with 3 points, and Andy Beechboard, Kyle Copeland, and Joseph
McGill each with 2 points.
Livingston Academy then hosted the White County Warriors on Friday,
The Warriors seemed to have the upper hand in the first quarter,
outscoring LA 18-7. The 'Cats bounced back in the second quarter
with a 10-0 run but found themselves still trailing 29-23 at the
"I thought we played well," Coach McCoin said. "We
showed good effort and played hard. We kept our composure and had
a chance to win."
Wildcats and Warriors battled back and forth early in the third
quarter. LA continued to rally with a series of 3-pointers and trailed
44-39 after the third.
The 'Cats continued their comeback in the fourth quarter, slowly
chipping away at the Warriors' lead. LA outscored White County 25-23,
but found themselves still trailing by 3 points at the buzzer. White
County defeated LA 67-64.
"White County was just too big and strong down low,"
Coach McCoin said. "Size and strength was probably the determining
factor in the game; nevertheless, I thought we showed a lot of effort
and if we can continue to play like that in the next few games we
will be all right in the tournament."
Scoring for LA was led by Jeff Aldridge with 25 points, followed
by Andy Beechboard with 21 points, Matt Quarles and Jesse Wolfram
each with 7 points, and Andy Allred with 4 points.
After traveling to Cookeville to play the Cavaliers on Tuesday,
Feb. 13, the 'Cats will wrap up the regular season at home on Friday,
Feb. 16 against the Pickett County Bobcats, which will also be homecoming
at Livingston Academy.
Wildcats Take Two District Wins
By Russell Garrett
LA junior Jessica Leach prepares for a free throw
in Friday's win over the White County Warriorettes.
The Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats hosted the White
County Warriorettes on Friday, Feb. 9.
The Lady 'Cats entered the game with a record of 22-4,
8-4 in District 8-AA. The Warrior-ettes entered with an overall
record of 10-15.
The Lady 'Cats were glad to see the return of point
guard Jenna Baltimore from her knee injury earlier in the season.
She entered in the second quarter and picked up 6 points for LA.
Lady Wildcats Coach Eddie Linder said, "We played
well in the first half. We had strong offense and defense and also
passed the ball well."
Both teams started off slow offensively in the first
quarter. But the Lady Wildcats went on a 6-0 run to end the first
and led 15-5 heading into the second quarter. The Warriorettes attempted
to battle back in the second quarter, outscoring LA 13-12, but still
found themselves trailing 27-18 at the half.
White County came out cold in the third quarter, not
scoring in the first five minutes of the second half. This allowed
LA to go on a 7-point run early in the third. The Warriorettes answered
with 10 points of their own, but still trailed 35-28 at the end
of the third quarter. White County outscored LA 10-9 in the fourth
quarter, but LA held on to the lead and took a 44-38 win.
"We were glad to get the win," Coach Linder
said. "Stephanie Sullivan did a good job for us at post with
17 points, Megan Thompson played well defensively and is starting
to gain confidence and really help out, and we were glad to see
Jenna Baltimore return to give us some quality time after being
out for injury."
Scoring for the Lady 'Cats was led by Stephanie Sullivan
with 17 points, followed by Katrina Beechboard, Renee Melton, and
Jenna Baltimore each with 6 points, Megan Thompson with 5 points,
and Jessica Leach with 4 points.
The Lady Wildcats met the Jackson County Lady Blue
Devils on Tuesday, Feb. 6 at Gainesboro. The Lady 'Cats entered
the game ranked third in the state in Class 8-AA, and the Lady Blue
Devils were ranked fifth going into the contest.
"We went into the game without Jenna Baltimore
who was out due to injury, but we still felt that we could go down
there and win," Coach Linder said.
The two teams' defenses battled in the first quarter.
At the end of the fight Jackson County was up 8-5. The Lady Blue
Devils opened the second quarter with a 7-2 run, but was quickly
answered by 8 straight points by LA. When the dust settled Jackson
County led 20-19 heading into the locker room.
"I feel like our defense gave us a shot to win,
but we struggled scoring in the 2nd half and Jackson County's Andrea
Davidson caught fire offensively making four 3-pointers and we were
not able to recover," Coach Linder said.
The third quarter, like much of the game, was more
back and forth on the score board. The Lady Blue Devils went on
an 8-point run, extending their lead to as much as 7 points, but
LA battled back once again with a 10-3 run of their own to tie the
game at 31 with 1:56 remaining in the third quarter. But, Jackson
County stepped up again sinking two 3-pointers and another field
goal to take the lead 39-33 after the third.
Livingston Academy pulled within 3 points in the
fourth quarter, but would not have enough for the Lady Devils. Jackson
County went on a 10 point run late in the fourth and LA couldn't
recover. The Gainesboro team went on to win 59-48.
Scoring for LA was led by Renee Melton with 13 points.
She was followed by Stephanie Sullivan with 12 points, Katrina Beechboard
with 9 points, Megan Thompson with 7 points, Jessica Leach with
4 points, and Heather Walker with 3 points.
After traveling to Cookeville on Tuesday, Feb. 13
to play the Lady Cavaliers, the Lady 'Cats will sum up the regular
season by hosting Pickett County on Friday, Feb. 16, which will
also be homecoming night at Livingston Academy.
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