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Lady 'Cats Finish Third In Tourney
Wildcats Reach End Of Tough Season

 

 

Lady 'Cats Finish Third In Tourney
By Russell Garret

t photo by Amanda Hawkins

Lady Wildcats team members accepting the third place plaque for the District 8-AA Tournament are, from left, Katrina Beechboard, Jessica Leach, Chelsea Stover, Stephanie Sullivan, Heather Walker, Renee Melton, Kasey Baltimore, Kelly Thurman, Megan Thompson, and Jenna Baltimore.

The Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats opened post season play against the Cannon County Lady Lions on Tuesday, Feb. 20 in the first round of the District 8-AA Tournament held at Tennessee Tech's Hooper Eblen Center.

Lady Wildcats Coach Eddie Linder said, "We came out and struggled a little in the first quarter and early in the second quarter. Cannon County played real tough.

"Katrina Beechboard had an outstanding first half with 13 points. She was kind of a spark plug for us that game."

The first quarter was a cat fight, with neither team gaining a convincing advantage. The Lady Lions outscored the Lady ‘Cats 10-9 in the first quarter.

The Lady 'Cats found their rhythm in the second quarter, outscoring the Lady Lions 18-11 and led 27-21 at the half. The Lady 'Cats continued to pull away in the third quarter, scoring 19 points, and using their tenacious defense to hold Cannon County to only 4 points. Cannon fought back in the fourth quarter, outscoring LA 22-15, but it wouldn't be enough. The Lady ‘Cats held on to win by a score of 61-47.

Coach Linder said, "We came out and had an excellent third quarter which enabled us to get the win. It was a must win game for us to advance to the regional tournament and we were proud to get it."

Scoring for the Lady 'Cats was led by Katrina Beechboard with 21 points, including 9 free throws. Also in double digits, Jenna Baltimore had 15 points, including 8 free throws and a 3-pointer, Stephanie Sullivan had 10 points, including 2 free throws.

Also adding numbers to the scoreboard for LA, Renee Melton had 7 points, including a free throw, and Jessica Leach and Megan Thompson each bucketed 4 free throws to collect 4 points each.

Stephanie Preston led the scoring regime for Cannon County with 12 points. Also contributing double digits for the Lady Lions, Ashley Hayes had 11 points.

Jenna Baltimore led LA in assists with 4, followed by Stephanie Sullivan and Megan Thompson with 3, Katrina Beechboard with 2, and Jessica Leach with 1.

Rebounding for the Lady 'Cats was led by Katrina Beechboard and Stephanie Sullivan each with 8 rebounds. They were followed by Jessica Leach with 4 rebounds, Christen Cates with 3 rebounds, Renee Melton, Megan Thompson, and Heather Walker with 2 rebounds, and Jenna Baltimore with 1 rebound.

Katrina Beechboard and Jenna Baltimore each had 3 steals. She was followed by Jessica Leach, Megan Thompson, and Heather Walker each with 2 steals. Also, Jenna Baltimore blocked 2 shots, and Katrina Beechboard and Stephanie Sullivan each had a block.

The third seed Lady 'Cats then faced second seeded Upperman Lady Bees on Thursday, Feb. 22 in the second round of the tournament.

"We started out well," Coach Linder said. "We went up 6-2 early in the game, but Upper-man, like any great team does, rallied and fought back."

LA and Upperman kept it close in the first quarter. The Lady Bees tried to pull away with an 8-0 run late in the first quarter. They led 12-8 with 2:16 remaining in the first, but the LA managed to sink two more baskets to tie the game at 12.

Upperman went on a 5-0 run to start the second quarter. And, after exchanging several baskets with LA would still hold the lead at the half, 23-18.

Upperman again opened the third quarter with an 8-0 run, which extended their lead to 13, the largest of the night. Their defense, however, seemed to be the key factor in this quarter holding the Lady ‘Cats to only 4 points in the third. The Lady Bees racked up 10 points in the quarter to lead 33-22 heading into the fourth quarter. The Lady ‘Cats fought back in the fourth quarter opening with a basket by Stephanie Sullivan, followed by a 3-pointer by Katrina Beechboard which put LA within 6, the score 33-27 with 5:21 remaining in the game.

The Lady 'Cats wouldn't get any closer. They outscored the Lady Bees 11-9, but wouldn't have enough. Upperman went on to win by a score of 42-33. This advanced the Lady Bees to the District 8-AA Tournament championship game where they defeated the Jackson County Lady Blue Devils by a convincing margin 53-30.

"We entered the game wanting to keep Upperman's scoring in the 40s or less and we did that," Coach Linder said. "I was proud of our defensive effort, and Upperman is a very talented ball team and we never could really get close enough to have a chance at the win."

Scoring for the Lady 'Cats was led by Katrina Beechboard with 11 points, including a 3-pointer. She was followed by Jessica Leach with 9 points, including 2 free throws and a 3-pointer, Stephanie Sullivan with 6 points, Jenna Baltimore with 4 points, including 2 free throws, and Renee Melton with 3 points, including a free throw.

Upperman's scoring attack was led by two players in double digits, Emily Christian had 17 points and Amanda Austin had 13 points.

Jenna Baltimore led in assists for the Lady 'Cats with 4. She was followed by Katrina Beechboard with 3 assists, and Stephanie Sullivan with 1.

"A big deciding factor in the game was rebounding," Coach Linder said. "They out rebounded us 37-18, and you can't get outrebounded that bad by a good team and have a shot to win."

Upperman dominated the boards with 37 rebounds to LA's 18. Pulling down rebounds for the Lady 'Cats, Renee Melton had 6, Katrina Beechboard and Jenna Baltimore each had 3, Stephanie Sullivan had 2, and Jessica Leach had 1.

Jessica Leach picked up 2 steals for the Lady 'Cats, and Katrina Beechboard had 1. Stephanie Sullivan also blocked 2 shots, and Katrina Beech-board had a block.

The loss to Upperman in round 2 landed the Lady ‘Cats in a consolation game against the York Lady Dragons on Friday, Feb. 23.

"We had just came out of a very physical tough game. We were tired, so I was really worried about us being down, but the girls responded well. They shot the ball well. We jumped on top of York early and they were just never able to get in the game," Coach Linder said.

The Lady 'Cats jumped out to an early lead, outscoring the Lady Dragons 20-10 in the first quarter. LA continued to control in the second quarter outscoring York 13-3 and led 33-13 at the half.

LA continued to score in the second half, outscoring the Lady Dragons 15-7 in the third quarter. The Lady Dragons found themselves behind 48-20 heading into the fourth quarter. York did fight back to outscore the Lady ‘Cats 12-6 in third, but still fell short by a score of 54-32.

"It was a good all around offensive effort, and a well-played game for us. We hope to use that game to get us back in rhythm offensively and prepare us for the regional tournament," Coach Linder said.

Two of LA's players were named to the District 8-AA All-Tournament team - junior Jenna Baltimore and freshman Katrina Beechboard.

Scoring for the Lady 'Cats was led by Jenna Baltimore with 14 points, including four 3-pointers. She was followed by Katrina Beechboard with 12 points, including two 3-pointers, Stephanie Sullivan with 7 points, including a free throw, Megan Thompson with 7 points, including a 3-pointer, Jessica Leach with 6 points, including two 3-pointers, Renee Melton, Christen Cates, and Kelly Thurman each with 2 points, and Kasey Baltimore with a free throw.

Christy Cooper led the Lady Dragons in scoring with 8 points, followed by Regina Crockett with 7 points.

Assists for LA were led by Katrina Beechboard with 4, followed by Jenna Baltimore and Megan Thompson with 3, and Renee Melton, Jessica Leach, Christen Cates, and Heather Walker each with 2.

Katrina Beechboard and Stephanie Sullivan controlled the boards for the Lady 'Cats with 5 rebounds each. They were followed by Jessica Leach with 4 rebounds, Heather Walker, Megan Thompson, and Jenna Baltimore with 3 rebounds each, Renee Melton with 2 rebounds, and Christen Cates and Danielle Thrasher each with 1 rebound.

Katrina Beechboard, Renee Melton, Jenna Baltimore, and Christen Cates each had 2 steals. Jessica Leach, Megan Thompson, and Kelly Thurman each had a steal.

The Lady Wildcats were scheduled to play Sequatchie County on Tuesday, Feb. 27 in the first round of the Region 4-AA Tournament held at the Bledsoe County High School in Pikeville. Should LA advance, they will meet the winner of Upperman and Grundy County in round two. The Lady ‘Cats must reach the championship game to advance to the sectionals.

 

Wildcats Reach End Of Tough Season
By Russell Garrett

The Livingston Academy Wildcats ended the season with a loss to the DeKalb County Tigers in the first round of the District 8-AA Tournament held Tuesday, Feb. 20 at Tennessee Tech's Hooper Eblen Center.

LA Wildcats Coach Danny McCoin said, "We were hot in the first quarter. We shot well and played real well in the first half."

The ‘Cats came out hot from beyond the arch. Their first four goals in the first quarter were 3-pointers and each made by different players. LA outscored the Tigers 20-15 in the first quarter. The 'Cats continued their offensive attack in the second quarter, outscoring the Tigers 13-11, and leading 33-26 at the half.

The 'Cats went cold in the third quarter. DeKalb County was able to get back in the game by outscoring LA 16-8 in the third quarter. It was downhill from there for the 'Cats. DeKalb County outscored LA 11-8 in the fourth quarter and went on to win by a score of 55-47.

"The bottom line is we just went ice cold in the second half," Coach McCoin said. "We could not hit a thing and that was the difference in the game."

Scoring for the ‘Cats was led by Andy Beechboard with 13 points, including 3 free throws and two 3-pointers. He was followed by Jeff Aldridge with 11 points, including a free throw and two 3-pointers, Matt Quarles with 11 points, including 2 free throws and a 3-pointer, Andy Allred with 7 points, including a 3-pointer, and Jesse Wolfram with 5 points, including a 3-pointer.

Assists for LA were led by Matt Quarles with 4, followed by Andy Allred with 3, and Jeff Aldridge, Jesse Wolfram, Andy Beechboard, Robert Richardson, and Joseph McGill each with 1.

Jeff Aldridge and Andy Allred led in rebounding for the ‘Cats with 9 each. They were followed by Matt Quarles with 8 rebounds, Andy Beechboard with 6, and Jesse Wolfram and Joseph McGill each with 1.

Andy Beechboard led in steals for the ‘Cats with 3, followed by Matt Quarles with 2, and Jeff Aldridge with 1. Also, Jeff Aldridge blocked 2 shots, and Andy Allred blocked a shot.

This ended the Wildcats season with a 4-23 overall record. Despite their record, Coach McCoin said his team never quit.

"We didn't get a lot of wins but we had some great boys. They are all good guys, and they never quit or got down. They played hard until the end and gave their all through their last practice.

"They deserve more wins than they got. They played their heart out every game, and we lost a lot of close games.

"We are going to lose four good seniors - Matt Quarles, Andy Beechboard, Andy Allred, and Robert Richarson. I cannot say enough about them."

Coach McCoin also said he already has his mind on next season.

"I'm ready right now," Coach McCoin said. "I have already scheduled two camps for this summer, and I'm looking forward to having tryouts in May this year, so we can get a lot of summer work done.

"We have got some good boys coming back - Jeff Aldridge, Jesse Wolfram, and Joseph McGill and some more who will come in and hopefully step up and contribute."

 

 

 

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