Lady Wildcats Off To Winning Start At 2-0
Cats Take Two More Tough Losses
LA Jr. Varsity Basketball Schedule 2001
Date Opponent Site Time
Tues., Nov. 27 Cookeville (Boys Only) Away 4:15 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 28 JV Tournament (Boys & Girls)
Thru., Nov. 29 JV Tournament (Boys & Girls)
Fri., Nov. 30 York (Boys Only) Home 4:15 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 1 JV Tournament (Boys & Girls)
Tues., Dec. 4 White Co. (Boys & Girls) Home 3:30 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 7 Cannon Co. (Girls Only) Away 4:30 p.m.
Mon., Dec. 10 Cumberland Co. (Boys & Girls) Away 6:00 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 11 DeKalb Co. (Boys Only) Away 4:15 p.m.
Thur., Dec. 13 Smith Co. (Boys Only) Home 5:00 p.m.
Thur., Dec. 13 Jackson Co. (Girls Only) Home 6:30 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 4 Jackson Co. (Boys & Girls) Away 3:30 p.m.
Thur., Jan. 10 Cumberland Co. (Boys & Girls) Home 6:00 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 11 Cannon Co. (Boys Only) Home 4:30 p.m.
Tues., Jan. 15 Upperman (Boys & Girls) Home 3:45 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 18 York (Boys Only) Away 4:15 p.m.
Tues., Jan. 22 Pickett Co. (Boys Only) Home 4:15 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 26 White Co. (Boys & Girls) Away 4:00 p.m.
Thur., Jan. 31 Smith Co. (Boys Only) Away 6:00 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 1 DeKalb Co. (Boys Only) Home 4:15 p.m.
Mon., Feb. 4 Jackson Co. (Boys Only) Home 6:00 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 8 Upperman (Boys & Girls) Away 3:45 p.m.
Tues., Feb. 12 Cookeville (Boys Only) Home 4:15 p.m.
Thur., Feb. 14 Pickett Co. (Boys Only) Away 4:15 p.m.
LA Varsity Basketball Schedule 2001
Date Opponent Site Time
Fri., Nov. 23 Pickett Co. Classic (Boys Only) Away 6:30 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 24 Pickett Co. Classic (Boys Only) Away 6:30 p.m.
Tues., Nov. 27 Cookeville Away 6:30 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 30 York Home 6:30 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 4 White Co. Home 6:30 p.m.
Thur., Dec. 6 Cumberland Co. Home 6:30 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 7 Cannon Co. Away 6:30 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 11 DeKalb Co. Away 6:30 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 14 Sonic Shootout Sparta 6:30 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 15 Sonic Shootout Sparta 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 17-22 Jaycee Tournament Home 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 26-29 Tournament (Girls Only) Pickerington, OH 6:30 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 4 Jackson Co. Away 6:30 p.m.
Tues., Jan. 8 Smith Co. Home 6:30 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 11 Cannon Co. Home 6:30 p.m.
Tues., Jan. 15 Upperman Home 6:30 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 18 York Away 6:30 p.m.
Tues., Jan. 22 Pickett Co. Home 6:30 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 25 Cumberland Co. Away 6:00 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 26 White Co. Away 6:30 p.m.
Tues., Jan. 29 Smith Co. Away 6:30 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 1 DeKalb Co. Home 6:30 p.m.
Tues., Feb. 5 Jackson Co. Home 6:30 p.m. Fri., Feb. 8 Upperman Away
Tues. Feb. 12 Cookeville Home 6:30 p.m.
Thur., Feb. 14 Pickett Co. Away 6:30 p.m.
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Lady Wildcats Off
To Winning Start At 2-0
By Ashley Hunter, OCN Staff
Amanda Harris Sports Photography
Jessica Leach brings the ball around for LA in Friday’s district
win at York Institute.
The struggle for perfection requires attending to the details.
Winning is not enough. When the goal is a state championship, perfection,
or a reasonable facsimile thereof, must be achieved in all facets
of the game.
Lesley Smith's coaching career at Livingston Academy began with
two wins last week. But she isn't patting herself on the back, the
team has work to do. "I'm not real happy with it," Coach
"I'm all for winning, especially the first one was a big win,
but I think we're sloppy.
"We had 17 turnovers in the first game, and 13 in the second
one. I'm hoping that was just first game jitters."
She was encouraged by the lesser number in the second game, but
weakness is weakness.
"I want us to be more in sync with each other. I want us to
look smoother," she said.
"They were good wins. If you can start off a season 2-0,
and playing a team like Cookeville, you've really played well."
The 2001 regular season opened for the Lady Wildcats on Tuesday,
Nov. 27 at Cookeville.
LA led 10-8 at the end of the first period, and outscored the Lady
Cavaliers 9-7 in the second to lead 19-15 at the half. LA again
outscored Cookeville 14-11 in the third, to move to 43-26. The Lady
Cavs made a strong run at the end, outscoring LA 22-18 in the fourth
quarter, but ultimately losing 48-51 to Livingston.
"It was kind of a monkey off my back,” Coach Smith said. "I
knew that going to Cookeville and winning was going to be tough
anyway, and I know what's expected here, and my expectations aren't
any different. I knew I was expected to win. And the kids expected
"I was very nervous before the game. I was relieved. I'd hoped
it would have been a prettier game, but it wasn't."
Jenna Baltimore led LA in scoring with 15 points, including 5
of 6 on free throws. Also scoring in double figures was Stephanie
Sullivan with 11 points, including 5 of 7 on free throws.
Megan Thompson hit two 3-pointers, and Jessica Leach and Katrina
Beechboard also scored 6 points each, Leach including 2 free throws.
Kellie Thurman scored 4 points, 2 from free throws, and Kasey Baltimore
hit a 3-pointer.
Baltimore and Thompson each made 4 assists, Leach made 2 assists,
and Melton made an assist.
Renee Melton led LA in rebounds with 8, followed by Sullivan with
5, Thompson 4, Beechboard 3, Cates 2, and Jenna Baltimore, Jessica
Leach, and Kellie Thurman with a rebound each.
Thompson and Leach had 2 steals each, and Jenna Baltimore had a
The Lady Cats traveled to Jamestown to play the York Institute
Lady Dragons on Friday, Nov. 30 in a District 7-AA matchup.
LA stunned York with an 11-0 run to start the game, with five different
Lady Wildcats scoring during the run. When the first period came
to a close, LA was leading 20-9.
The Lady Dragons fought back in the second period, though the Lady
Cats managed to outscore their host 13-11 to take a 33-20 lead into
The Lady Wildcats overpowered the Lady Dragons 22-8 in the third
period for the knock-out punch, putting the home team down 55-28.
LA continued to pour it on in the fourth with another 22 point period,
against York's 7, to win 66-35.
"The most encouraging thing for me against York was we started
really good, then we went flat, totally flat, and then we came back,"
Coach Smith said. "It's tough for a team to come back like
that sometimes, to get their intensity back. And they did that.
I was real proud of that.
"That was mainly Jessica and Renee doing that for us."
Stephanie Sullivan led LA in scoring with 15 points, including
a free throw. Also scoring in double figures for Livingston was
Katrina Beechboard with 11 points, including 3 of 4 from the foul
Megan Thompson scored 8 points, Jenna Baltimore scored 7 points,
including a 3-pointer and 2 for 2 on free throws, Renee Melton also
scored 7 points, including a free throw, Christen Cates scored 6
points, Kellie Thurman scored 5 points, including 3 free throws,
Chelsie Stover scored 4 points, and
Jessica Leach scored 3 points, including a free throw. Jessica
Leach led in assists with 5, followed by Kellie Thurman and Megan
Thompson with 3 each, Jenna Baltimore, Christen Cates, Kasey Baltimore,
and Katrina Beechboard with 2 each, and Renee Melton, Stephanie
Sullivan, Kristen Hoover, and Whitney Sells with an assist each.
Christen Cates led LA in rebounds with 10, followed by Jenna Baltimore,
Kasey Baltimore, and Whitney Sells with 3 each, Jessica Leach, Megan
Thompson, and Kellie Thurman with 2 each, and Renee Melton and Kristen
Hoover with a rebound each.
Katrina Beechboard had 3 steals, Kellie Thurman, Jessica Leach,
and Jenna Baltimore each had 2 steals, and Kristen Hoover, Chelsie
Stover, Kasey Baltimore, Stephanie Sullivan, and Renee Melton each
had a steal.
Sullivan and Thurman each blocked 2 shots, and Sells blocked a
After hosting the White County Warriorettes on Tuesday, Dec. 4,
Livingston Academy will host the Cumberland County Lady Jets on
Thursday, Dec. 6. The Lady Cats will travel to Woodbury on Friday,
Dec. 7 to take on the Cannon County Lady Lions in a District 7-AA
Then, the Lady Cats will travel to Smithville on Tuesday, Dec.
11 to play the DeKalb County Lady Tigers in another district game.
"I think we've got three totally different games this week,"
Coach Smith said. "We've got Sparta, a real quick team, and
their perimeter does most of their scoring. Then Crossville is an
inside team. They've got a real good player that's going to Tech.
"Then Friday we've got another perimeter team, and they're
smart. They're likely to turn around and pressure us."
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Cats Take Two More Tough
By Ashley Hunter, OCN staff
Amanda Harris Sports Photography
Jeff Aldridge looks for an open teammate as a York defender puts
on the pressure in Friday’s game.
The Livingston Academy Wildcats continued their losing streak,
dropping games this past week to Cookeville and York. This brings
LA's overall record to 0-4 this season.
In the game against Cooke-ville on Tuesday, Nov. 27, LA played
well in the first half, but failed to finish off the Cavaliers.
LA Coach Danny McCoin said, "We didn't play badly. We actually
played pretty well in the first half.
"They were a faster team in the third quarter. They got some
easy baskets and it was hard for us to catch up."
The game began with plenty of excitement, especially from the
Cookeville fans who threw toilet paper from the stands onto the
floor, causing a technical foul to be called on the Cookeville bench.
The game stayed relatively close throughout the first quarter,
with the lead changing hands a few times. Cookeville jumped out
to an 11-4 lead, but LA pulled ahead to get the lead for themselves
A 3-pointer by Cookeville's Nathan Burks tied the score at 15.
Then, a Cookeville lay-up and a field goal by LA's Jamie Gurley
tied the game again at 17 to end the first quarter.
The second quarter wasn't exactly action-packed, with only 17 points
scored in the entire quarter. The prevalent style of play was sloppy,
with one player attempting to shoot a free throw from the line on
the gym floor drawn for volleyball purposes. At the end of the half,
LA saw themselves down only 5 points, though, with the score at
The second half of the game was characterized by a major Cookeville
run. The Cavaliers rallied to score the last 13 points of the third
quarter. Two 3-pointers scored by Cookeville's Burnett and Burks
at the end of the third period gave Cookeville the major go-ahead
to leave Livingston's hopes of winning the game in the dust. In
the fourth quarter, Cooke-ville continued to widen the lead and
won the contest by a margin of 21 points, 68-47.
Livingston Academy was led in scoring by Jamie Gurley, with 12
points, followed by Jeff Aldridge who scored 8 points, and Cody
King with 7. Jesse Wolfram and Joseph McGill each put in 6 points
for the Wildcats. Matt Reeder, Dustin Ferrell, and Brian Colson
each scored 2 points.
Livingston also faced York last Friday night, losing in a very
close game, 75-71.
In the first quarter, the game was fairly evenly matched with the
teams basically exchanging baskets, making more trouble for the
scorekeeper. York pulled out to a 10-6 lead, but LA scored the last
few points of the quarter to trail 10-9.
In the second quarter, LA showed their first glimmer of hope this
season, with the Wildcats going on an 18-6 run. The half began with
back-to-back 3-pointers by LA's Jeff Aldridge and Jesse Wolfram.
They never looked back the rest of the quarter, continuing to paralyze
the Dragons, to come out with an 11-point lead at halftime, 37-26.
York wasn't going to just roll over and die, though. The Dragons
gradually trimmed the lead in the third quarter, to the point of
actually taking the lead away from Livingston with two quick buckets
at about the four-minute mark in the third quarter.
LA came right back with a 3-pointer by Jeff Aldridge. At the end
of the third, the score read 49-48 in favor of Livingston.
The lead exchanged back and forth seven times and the score was
tied four times in the first five minutes of the fourth quarter.
LA lost the lead with a 3-pointer by York's Travis Tate. York continued
to pull away, but a 3-pointer by LA's Jamie Gurley silenced the
crowd and put the Cats within 2 points of the lead, 67-65.
York's Robert Cravens hit three free throws on the other end to
increase York's lead to 70-65. LA came back with a 3-pointer by
Jesse Wolfram to cut the lead to 2 again. Livingston had to continue
putting York players on the line to conserve time, though. Jesse
Wolfram was called for an intentional foul and York's Cravens hit
three free throws to give the Dragons a 73-68 lead.
Livingston continued to persevere, with Wolfram hitting another
3 to put the Dragons down by 2 points, 73-71. York then went cold
at the line and missed two foul shots, but LA's inbound pass was
stolen by Travis Tate and the final bucket was laid in by Kelly
Leffew to give York the win, 75-71.
LA was led in scoring by Jamie Gurley with 25 points, followed
by Jeff Aldridge with 18. Jesse Wolfram put 12 points up for the
Wildcats and McGill scored 8 points. Kyle Copeland, Dustin Ferrell,
Matt Reeder, and Cody King each threw in 2 for LA.
Coach McCoin said, "We played an awesome game. Everything
was perfect, except we lost.
"We let the lead get away from us. We made some key boo-boos
in the fourth quarter."
He said of the team, "Jamie Gurley did well, scoring 25 points.
Aldridge played some good defense and McGill has been our most consistent,
steady player this season. Wolfram hit some major buckets and Matt
Reeder continues to improve."
After hosting the White County Warriors on Tuesday, Dec. 4, Livingston
Academy will host the Cumberland County Jets on Thursday, Dec. 6.
Then, the Cats will travel to Woodbury to play the Cannon County
Lions on Friday, Dec. 7, followed by a road trip to Smithville to
play the DeKalb County Tigers on Tuesday, Dec. 11.
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