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