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Schedules
Lady Wildcats Roll To 5-0 With Week's Wins
Wildcats Take First District Win At Cannon County

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LA Jr. Varsity Basketball Schedule 2001

Date Opponent Site Time
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., 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 6:30 p.m.
Tues. Feb. 12 Cookeville Home 6:30 p.m.
Thur., Feb. 14 Pickett Co. Away 6:30 p.m.

 

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LA Lady Wildcats Roll To 5-0 With Week's Wins

By Dewain E. Peek, OCN staff

Amanda Harris Sports Photography

Livingston Academy's Christen Cates strips the ball from a White County Warriorette in last week's win.

Two AAA teams and a tough District 7-AA opponent fell to the Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats as they pushed their overall record to 5-0 last week.

Livingston Academy played host to the Warriorettes of White County on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

The Lady Cats jumped ahead early, leading 19-6 after the first period, but were outscored 14-12 in the second to hold a 31-18 lead at halftime.

Coach Lesley Smith's team pounded the Warriorettes in the third period with a 31-point barrage to take a 62-33 lead. The visitors came back with a 20-point fourth quarter, while LA only dropped in 5, but the damage was done. The Lady Wildcats won 67-51.

"That was our best defensive game," Coach Smith said. "They were a real perimeter- oriented team. Our press and our half-court trap just forced turnover after turnover."

LA had 15 steals in the game, led by Katrina Beechboard with 7. Jenna Baltimore and Megan Thompson each had 2 steals, and Renee Melton, Stephanie Sullivan, Christen Cates, and Kristen Hoover each had a steal.

Stephanie Sullivan blocked a shot.

Katrina Beechboard led the Lady Cats in scoring with 16 points, including two 3-pointers and 6 of 6 on free throws. Melton scored 9 points, including 3 of 3 on free throws, Sullivan scored 8 points, including 4 of 4 on free throws, Megan Thompson scored 7 points, including a 3-pointer and 2 free throws, Kellie Thurman also scored 7 points, including 5 free throws, Jessica Leach scored 6 points, including a 3-pointer and a free throw, Jenna Baltimore, Whitney Sells, and Chelsie Stover each scored 4 points, and Christen Cates hit 2 free throws.

Katrina Beechboard led LA in assists with 5, followed by Thompson with 3, Leach and Kasey Baltimore with 2 each, and Melton and Sells with an assist each.

Beechboard led LA in rebounds with 5, followed by Kellie Thurman with 4, Jenna Baltimore with 3, and Melton, Sullivan, Kasey Baltimore, Stover, Hoover, and Sells with a rebound each.

The Lady Wildcats welcomed the Cumberland County Lady Jets into their den on Thursday, Dec. 6.

Coach Smith was not very pleased with the Lady Cats' play in the beginning.

"Our first half defense wasn't great," she said. "It was 31-21 at halftime.

"Then we finished and they had 30 points. So we played another second half of defense like we played against Sparta. Our defense, I'm really proud of so far."

Leading LA in scoring in the 58-30 win were Jenna Baltimore and Christen Cates with 11 points each, Baltimore including a 3-pointer and 2 free throws, and Cates including a free throw. Also scoring in double figures for LA was Katrina Beechboard with 10 points, including a 3-pointer and a free throw. Whitney Sells hit two 3-pointers for 6 points, Kellie Thurman scored 6 points, Jessica Leach hit a 3-pointer and 2 free throws, Stephanie Sullivan scored 5 points, including a free throw, Renee Melton scored 2 points, and Kasey Baltimore hit 2 free throws.

Kasey Baltimore led LA in assists with 5, followed by Jenna Baltimore and Jessica Leach with 3 each, Melton and Thompson with 2 each, and Thurman and Hoover with an assist each.

Jenna Baltimore led LA in steals with 5, followed by Leach and Cates with 2 each, and Sullivan and Thompson with a steal each.

Stephanie Sullivan blocked 4 shots, and Melton, Kasey Baltimore, and Thurman each blocked a shot.

Jessica Leach led LA in rebounds with 7 each, followed by Thompson with 5, Melton and Cates with 4 each, Beechboard and Thurman with 2 each, and Jenna Baltimore, Kasey Baltimore, Sullivan, and Stover with a rebound each.

"Friday night we broke down and didn't play very good defense,” Coach Smith said of the Lady Cats' effort on the road against Cannon County. "I think it was because they had such quick guards. They had one point guard, Ashley Nichols, she was something. She'd dribble through our traps.

"I think we were a little leg-weary from having two games, and two practices, and having to travel that far. But without excuses, she really dribbled through our traps and kept us from getting many turnovers off them."

Despite the stellar play of the home team, the Lady Cats led the Lady Lions 27-21 at halftime and went on to win 57-43.

"We did okay," Coach Smith said. "We missed a lot of shots that we normally make. We missed a lot of layups. We only hit one 3. I think we were just leg-weary.

"They played pretty good defense, kept us off balance. They kept us from running our offense, kept us from getting easy shots.

"The tempo of the game was never what we wanted it. Once they started breaking our traps, we couldn't get the tempo back up the way we wanted it."

Katrina Beechboard led LA in scoring with 16 points, including 8 free throws. Jenna Baltimore also scored in double figures with 12 points, including 8 of 8 on free throws. Melton scored 9 points, including 3 free throws, Leach scored 8 points, including a 3-pointer and 3 free throws, Thurman scored 6 points, Sullivan scored 4 points, and Cates scored 2 points.

Leach made 4 assists, Beechboard and Jenna Baltimore made 3 assists, Thompson made 2 assists, and Kasey Baltimore made an assist.

Katrina Beechboard led LA in rebounds with 8, followed by Cates with 7, Jenna Baltimore with 6, Sullivan and Thurman with 4 each, Melton with 3, and Leach with 2.

Jessica Leach had 6 steals, Beechboard 5, and Jenna Baltimore, Kasey Baltimore, Melton, and Sullivan each had a steal. Beechboard blocked 2 shots, and Kasey Baltimore and Thurman each blocked a shot.

The Lady Wildcats will play in the Bill Boruff Shoot-Out at White County High School this weekend. LA will play Fairley High School of Memphis at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, and will play Campbell High School of Jacksboro at 4 p.m. the following day.

The Livingston Jaycees Tournament will begin Monday, Dec. 17 at Livingston Academy. The Lady Wildcats will play Monterey at 7:30 p.m.

 

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Wildcats Take First District Win At Cannon County

By Ashley Hunter, OCN staff

Amanda Harris Sports Photography

Jaime Gurley goes up for a dunk in the Livingston Academy loss to White County’s Warriors last Tuesday.

 

The Livingston Academy Wildcats played three games this past week, dropping two and taking a big District 7-AA win.

In the Tuesday, Dec. 4 home game against White County, the teams stayed pretty evenly matched until the Warriors turned up the heat and ran away with the game.

The game began with the two teams exchanging baskets. This went on until near the end of the first quarter, when White County's Sam Agee completed a 3-point play and fellow Warrior Trent Selby knocked down a big 3 to give White County the lead after the first quarter, 12-7.

LA came back in the second quarter, propelled by Jaime Gurley's 12 second quarter points. White County wasn't going to give in too quickly, scoring a few points of their own as well. Livingston came out the victor at the half, by one point, 25-24.

In the second half, LA started off looking great, scoring some good shots and holding off White County scoring, until the Warriors came back to hit some major 3-pointers to give them the lead at the end of the third quarter, 42-38.

Just like the dish ran away with the spoon, the fourth quarter was White County's chance to take the game away. A 4-point play completed by Warrior Trent Selby began the White County scoring boom. They never looked back. Numerous foul shots led White County on a 15-4 scoring run to finally give them the win over Livingston, 66-53.

LA Coach Danny McCoin said, "Overall, we played well. They hit some big buckets toward the end of the game, and that hurt us."

The Wildcats were led in scoring by Jaime Gurley, with a season-high 30 points. Jesse Wolfram knocked in 11 for the Wildcats. Joseph McGill and Matt Reeder put in 8 and 4 points, respectively.

Livingston battled Cumber-land County in a major bout Thursday, Dec. 6, losing to the Jets, 84-74.

The Cats came out strong to begin the game with some big buckets, including a 3-pointer from senior Jeff Aldridge. This pushed the Wildcats out to an early 11-6 lead. Cumberland County battled back, outscoring LA 12-7 for the rest of the quarter. At the end of the first quarter, the score was tied, 18-18.

The second quarter was characterized by five 3-pointers scored by the Jets. Cumberland County's Chase Burnett hit three of these shots to propel Cumberland County to a 10-point advantage with four minutes to play in the half. They continued to persevere, and led LA by 12 at halftime, 47-35.

The second half began with another 3 from the Jets. LA then cut the lead to 10 points. Immediately after, the Wildcats had their hopes dashed by yet another Cumberland County 3-point shot and a successful 3-point play. LA kept right on moving and cut the Jet lead to 10 at the end of the quarter.

The Cats continued to play well to begin the fourth quarter, scoring the first 5 points of the final round and bringing the Cumberland County lead down to 5. They couldn't continue to stop the pounding Cumberland County offense, which seemed to score on every trip down the floor. The Jets hit 10 free throws in a row to end the game and won it, 84-74.

Livingston was led in scoring by Jeff Aldridge, who had 18 points. Jaime Gurley put in 14 for the Wildcats, followed by Jesse Wolfram and Joseph McGill, scoring 12 and 11 points, respectively. Brian Colson dropped in 8 for LA. Matt Reeder and Cody King dropped in 7 and 4 points.

Coach McCoin said, "They took the game away in the second quarter and we just never recovered the lead. It was too much to overcome."

The Wildcats got their first win of the season Friday, Dec. 7 against District 7-AA opponent Cannon County.

The first quarter was fast-paced. Every time one team would score, the other team would answer back with a shot of their own. At the end of the quarter, the score was tied at 11.

The second quarter was spent doing more of the same, with no more big shots from anyone, with each team scoring when the other would put up a basket. By the end of the half, LA was ahead of the Lions by a single point. The second half was a little more exciting, with Cannon County pulling out to a 5 point lead. The tempo of the game was not to be broken, though, with LA's Jaime Gurley scoring 5 quick points to tie the score at 39. Then, Livingston took the lead by 3 points, thanks to a 3-pointer by Jesse Wolfram. The Lions came back with a bucket to end the third quarter, cutting LA's lead to a point, 42-41.

The fourth quarter began with more of the same. The teams exchanged more buckets until LA came out with a couple of big shots to lead by 4 points. Cannon County answered back with a big 3 to cut LA's lead down to 1. The Lions scored 2 more points with 2.8 seconds to play in the game, taking a 1-point lead.

Then, Jeff Aldridge hit Jaime Gurley with a cross-court pass. Gurley pounded in the reverse lay-up and gave LA a buzzer-beater victory, 57-56.

Livingston was led in scoring by Jaime Gurley, who put in 19. Jeff Aldridge scored 11, followed by Jesse Wolfram, who threw in 9 points. Joseph McGill and Matt Reeder threw in 8 and 4 points, respectively. Cody King and Brian Colson each put in 3 points for the Wildcats.

The wins move LA's overall record to 1-6 on the season and 1-1 in the district.

After playing at DeKalb County on Tuesday, Dec. 11, the Wildcats will see action against Victory Christian Academy at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14 kicking off the Bill Boruff Shoot-Out at White County High School. The following day, the Cats will play Campbell High School at 5:30 p.m.

The Livingston Jaycees Tournament will begin Monday, Dec. 17. The Wildcats will take on Monterey at 6 p.m.

 

 

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