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Wildcats Take Tough Loss To Warriors
Lady Wildcats Victorious Over Warriorettes

 

 

Wildcats Defeat Tigers, Lose To Owls
By Russell Garrett

Ronald Hawkins

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, Feb. 9.

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 half.

"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.

 

 

Lady Wildcats Take Two District Wins
By Russell Garrett

 

Amanda Harris

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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