LA Wildcats Finish Long Regular
'Cats Close Season With Home Win
LA Wildcats Finish
Long Regular Season
By Russell Garrett
The Livingston Academy Wildcats dropped two more games last week
to run their overall record to 4-22, the most losses in a regular
season in LA history. The team went 2-10 in District 8-AA play.
The 'Cats opened the week with a game against Cookeville on Tuesday,
Coach Danny McCoin said, "It was senior night for them and
they were excited. Brent Harris really hurt us early and their entire
team seemed to feed off of him and play well."
Cookeville, perhaps seeking revenge for their loss to LA earlier
in the season, came out shooting. Led by senior Brent Harris, who
scored the Cav's first 7 points and finished with a game high 27
points, Cookeville outscored LA 20-11 in the first quarter. Cookeville
continued to lead in the second quarter, outscoring LA 15-7 and
leading 35-18 at the half.
Cookeville added two more to their lead at the end of the third,
outscoring LA 14-12 in the third and leading 49-30 heading into
the fourth quarter. LA put some points on the board in the fourth
quarter but it was too little, too late. LA outscored the Cavs 26-16
in the fourth, but were handed their 21st loss of the season by
a score of 75-56.
"It was a rough game," Coach McCoin said. "We never
got on track and we just did not shoot the ball well."
Scoring for the ‘Cats was led by Jeff Aldridge with 23 points.
He was followed by Dustin Ferrell with 8 points, Matt Quarles with
7 points, Andy Allred with 5 points, Josh Walker and Andy Beechboard
each with 4 points, Kyle Copeland with 3 points, and Joseph McGill
with 2 points.
The 'Cats then faced the Pickett County Bobcats in the final regular
season home game on Friday, Feb. 16.
The two teams battled early, and Pickett County slightly edged
the ‘Cats in the first quarter, outscoring them 20-16. Pickett County
pulled away in the second quarter, outscoring LA 29-17, and led
at the half 49-33.
The 'Cats would not quit and began a rally in the third quarter,
outscoring the Bobcats 20-17, but still trailed 66-53 heading into
the fourth quarter.
The 'Cats hung around and found themselves in the game at the
end of the fourth quarter. They outscored Pickett County 32-22 in
the fourth, but that would only get them within 3 points. Pickett
County defeated LA by a score of 88-85.
"It was a great game," Coach McCoin said. "We were
down by 18 at one point, but we battled back, took the lead 70-69
in the fourth quarter.
"All our guys played well, especially our seniors. They really
played hard in their last game. We just came up a little short."
Scoring for the 'Cats was led by Andy Beechboard with 26 points,
followed by Jeff Aldridge with 23 points, Andy Allred with 17 points,
Jesse Wolfram with 6 points, Matt Quarles with 5 points, Joseph
McGill with 4 points, and Robert Richardson with 4 points.
Livingston Academy was scheduled to play DeKalb County on Tuesday,
Feb. 20 at 5:30 p.m. in the first round of the District 8-AA Tournament
held at Tennessee Tech's Hooper-Eblen Center.
Prior to the game Coach McCoin said, "We split with DeKalb
County in the regular season, so this game could go either way.
The team who shows up and wants it the most will win it.
"We have to be aggressive, shoot the ball well, eliminate
that two-three minute bad spell we have had, and play well for four
quarters if we want to advance in the tournament."
Results for the game were not available at press time.
'Cats Close Season With Home Win
By Russell Garrett
The Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats finished off
the regular season last week with a win and a loss to run their
regular season record to 23-5 overall, and 8-4 in District 8-AA.
The Lady 'Cats first traveled to Cookeville on Tuesday,
Feb. 13. This was the third time these teams have met this season,
LA winning both of two earlier games.
"This was our third meeting with Cookeville
this year," Lady Wildcats Coach Eddie Linder said. "We
knew it was going to be a tough defensive battle and it would be
difficult to grab the third win at their place."
The Lady Cavaliers jumped out ahead of the Lady 'Cats
in the first quarter, outscoring LA 10-4. LA picked up the offense
in the second quarter. They outscored Cookeville 12-4 in the second
quarter and found themselves ahead 16-14 at the half.
"We got down early and struggled scoring in the
first quarter, but we made some key shots in the second quarter
and got some momentum back and felt like we were back in the game
and might could take control of it in the second half," Coach
The Lady 'Cats maintained their lead throughout the
third quarter. They outscored the Lady Cavs 13-9 and led 29-23 heading
into the fourth quarter.
Cookeville tightened up the defense in the fourth
quarter holding LA to only 1 point and outscoring the Lady 'Cats
10-1. This was just enough for the Lady 'Cavs. They took home the
win by a score of 33-30.
"In the third quarter we jumped out to a 29-23
lead, and felt comfortable and like we were in control," Coach
Linder said. "Then, in the fourth quarter, we struggled offensively
and just could not score. Cookeville really played good defense
and kept us from scoring.
"I felt like we played hard physically and played
a good defensive game, but when you cannot score more than 30 points
you are not going to beat many people."
Scoring for the Lady 'Cats was led by Jenna Baltimore
with 15 points. She was followed by Stephanie Sullivan with 7 points,
Renee Melton and Jessica Leach each with 3 points, and Megan Thompson
with 2 points.
Livingston Academy then hosted the Pickett County
Lady Bobcats on Friday, Feb. 16 in the final regular season game.
The Lady 'Cats came out on fire in the first quarter,
taking a commanding lead 32-9 heading into the second quarter. LA
kept their lead in the second quarter, outscoring the Lady Bobcats
16-5, and led 48-14 at the half.
"We came out of the gates quick," Coach
Linder said. "We were able to make it a full court game and
put a lot of pressure on them.
"We had our inside and outside game going. Jenna
Baltimore hit four 3-pointers in the first quarter and Stephanie
Sullivan made quality baskets down low.”
LA continued to dominate in the third quarter, outscoring
Pickett County 16-4. The Lady ‘Cats never looked back. They outscored
Pickett County 6-2 in the fourth quarter and took the win by a score
"This was Heather Walker's last regular season
game of her career," Coach Linder said. "She has been
a part of this program for four years. She is a great individual
and she played well scoring 8 points, and this game was kind of
a tribute to her.
"It was an overall good team effort and a nice
way to end the regular season."
Scoring for LA was led by Jenna Baltimore with 19
points, followed by Katrina Beechboard with 11 points, Stephanie
Sullivan with 10 points, Heather Walker with 8 points, Jessica Leach
and Megan Thompson each with 7 points, and Christen Cates, Renee
Melton, Danielle Thrasher, and Kelly Thurman each with 2 points.
Livingston Academy was scheduled to play Cannon County
at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20 in the District 8-AA Tournament, held
at Tennessee Tech's Hooper Eblen Center.
Prior to the game Coach Linder said, "Cannon
County is a small team, but they handle the ball very well. We have
beaten them twice already this season, but are not taking this game
lightly. This is a very important game and is a must win for us.
"We feel like if we can show up and perform well
and get the ball inside I feel like we'll be okay."
Results of the game were not available at press time.
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