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LA Wildcats Finish Long Regular Season
Lady '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, Feb. 13.

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.

 

Lady '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 Linder said.

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 of 70-20.

"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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