Lady Wildcats Roll To 5-0 With Week's Wins
Wildcats Fall To Tigers And Crusaders
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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Lady Wildcats Move
To 8-0 With Wins In Shootout
By Dewain E. Peek, OCN staff
Amanda Harris Sports Photography
Renee Melton looks around a Campbell County defender in Saturday's
Coaches strive to instill in players the confidence to believe
they will win. Faith is a great thing, unless it turns to overconfidence.
The Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats traveled to Smithville to
take on the DeKalb County Lady Tigers in a District 7-AA game Tuesday,
Dec. 11. LA took care of business, but the home team made the Lady
Cats work in the first half.
Lady Cats Coach Lesley Smith said, "I think we went in there
knowing we were going to win, and we started kind of flat. We spent
the whole first half pretty flat."
In the second quarter, Stephanie Sullivan scored her 1,000th career
point. The shot seemed to lighten the load for the Lady Cats.
"I think we were all kind of anxious to get that done because
that was kind of on my mind and on her mind, I know," Coach
Smith said. "She hadn't played well up to that point."
LA led 37-23 at halftime, a good lead, but not what it should have
"At halftime we had a little soul-searching session,Ó Coach
Smith said, "then really played well in the third quarter.
"We scored 28 points in the third quarter and pretty much
finished it. The third quarter was our best quarter. Our defense
"Renee Melton got steal after steal, and bucket after bucket.
The third quarter in that one was the best quarter we've played.
"We didn't score as well in the fourth quarter, but we had
different combinations of people in there, trying some different
defenses and things. So, it ended up being a great win."
The Lady Cats defeated DeKalb 71-33 to move to 3-0 in the district.
Jenna Baltimore led the Lady Cats in scoring with 15 points, including
two 3-pointers and 3 free throws made. Katrina Beechboard scored
13 points, including a free throw, Renee Melton scored 12 points,
and Megan Thompson also scored in double figures with 10 points,
including two 3-pointers.
Stephanie Sullivan scored 8 points, Kellie Thurman scored 7 points,
including 3 free throws, Christen Cates scored 3 points, including
a free throw, Whitney Sells scored 2 points, and Jessica Leach hit
a free throw.
Jessica Leach led in assists with 9, followed by Beechboard with
4, Jenna Baltimore, Kasey Baltimore, and Thompson with 2 each, and
Melton and Kristen Hoover each with an assist.
Beechboard and Thurman each had 5 rebounds, Cates, Kasey Baltimore,
and Stover each had 4, Sullivan had 2, and Jenna Baltimore, Leach,
Melton, Thompson, Hoover, and Sells each had a rebound.
The Lady Wildcats had 25 steals in the game, led by Leach with
4, followed by Jenna Baltimore, Cates, and Beechboard with 3 each,
Melton, Sullivan, Kasey Baltimore, and Thompson with 2 each, and
Chelsie Stover, Thurman, Hoover, and Sells each with a steal.
Sullivan blocked 3 shots, and Thompson and Thurman each blocked
The Lady Wildcats traveled to Sparta to play in the Bill Boruff
Shootout, held Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14 and 15 at White County
Livingston Academy faced Fairley High School of Memphis in the
Friday game. Though the Lady Cats won 70-50, they did not have an
easy run against the Fairley High team.
"They were a team that played really hard," Coach Smith
said. "They just weren't very structured. In a sense, that's
a little bit harder to defend sometimes, because when we were trying
to pressure them, their point guard would just put her head down
and dribble through everything. As quick as she was, and they were
great athletes, we couldn't trap her. So we tried to slow them down.
"Defensively, they made us turn it over. We had 17 turnovers,
which is more than we normally have. They just kept hanging in there."
The Fairley High defense wasn't all that kept the Lady Cats dazed
and confused through the game. The Memphis team also had a big shooter.
"They had one kid, McGhee, she had 30 points. She was shooting
it as soon as she was catching it. We just couldn't defend her.
I had Jessica Leach, our best defender, on her in the fourth quarter
for a lot of the time, and she would catch it and shoot it before
Jessica could realize that she had been thrown the ball. That kid
had a great game."
Fairley High's Quaneshia McGhee hit five 3-pointers on her way
to scoring 30 points in the game.
Livingston was led by Katrina Beechboard with 18 points, including
6 free throws, followed by Stephanie Sullivan with 16 points, including
2 of 2 on free throws, Renee Melton with 10 points, Jessica Leach
with 9 points, including 5 of 5 on free throws, Kellie Thurman with
6 points, including 4 free throws, Jenna Baltimore with 4 points,
including 2 free throws, and Megan Thompson with 2 points.
Jenna Baltimore, Beechboard, and Thompson each made 3 assists,
Leach made 2, and Melton made an assist.
Stephanie Sullivan led LA in rebounds with 8, followed by Leach
with 5, Jenna Baltimore, Beechboard, and Christen Cates with 4 each,
Melton with 3, Kasey Baltimore and Thurman with 2 each, and Thompson
and Sells each with a rebound.
Leach and Sullivan each had 2 steals, and Beechboard, Melton, Thompson,
Thurman, and Sells each had a steal.
Sullivan and Beechboard each blocked a shot.
All was not bliss in the win over the Fairley High team.
"Our second five in that game didn't play as well as they
have been, and we had kind of a let-down when we would get all five
of them in together," Coach Smith said.
"But they really bounced back on Saturday and were big keys
to us winning on Saturday."
In that Saturday game against Georgia's Campbell County High School,
the Lady Cats won 70-50, moving their overall record to 8-0.
Jenna Baltimore led LA in scoring with 16 points, including a 3-pointer
and 3 free throws made, followed by Katrina Beechboard with 11 points,
including 3 free throws, Megan Thompson with 10 points, including
4 of 4 from the foul line, Stephanie Sullivan with 10 points, including
6 free throws, and Renee Melton with 10 points, including 2 free
throws. Whitney Sells hit a 3-pointer, Jessica Leach, Christen Cates,
Kellie Thurman, and Kasey Baltimore each scored a basket, and Chelsie
Stover hit 2 free throws.
After playing the Monterey Lady Wildcats in the first round of
the Livingston Jaycees Tournament on Monday, Dec. 17, the Lady Wildcats
will face the Lady Jets of Cumberland County at 7 p.m. Thursday,
Dec. 20. Consolation and championship games will be played Saturday,
The game Thursday against Crossville will be the second meeting
of the teams.
"I expect Crossville to be a fight," Coach Smith said.
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Wildcats Fall To Tigers
By Ashley Hunter, OCN staff
Amanda Harris Sports Photography
Jeff Aldridge elevates for a shot at 2 of his 11 points scored
in the Bill Boruff Shootout game against Campbell High.
The Livingston Academy Wildcats played two games this past week,
losing to DeKalb County and Campbell High School from Campbell County,
In the game at Smithville, Livingston started off with promise,
but fizzled out in the end.
In the first quarter, the teams began pretty evenly matched until
the DeKalb County Tigers made a few successful trips down the floor,
including a 3-pointer by DeKalb Tiger Matt Holmes to take a 7-point
LA came back to score the next 5 points and ended the first quarter
down only 2 points, 17-15.
The second quarter saw the Wildcats and Tigers exchange baskets.
The lead actually changed hands six times in the second quarter
alone. Living-ston was ahead four points with 1:00 to play in the
second half, but smart foul shooting by the Tigers forced LA back
onto the losing side of the fence at halftime, 38-37.
The third quarter proved to be unsuccessful for the Wildcats,
with DeKalb County scoring more points than Livingston; 2 for 7
shooting by Livingston and some good shooting by the Tigers made
Livingston end the third quarter down 4 points, 49-45.
DeKalb made a major run to begin the fourth, going up 11 points
at one time. The Wildcats were not about to succumb to the runaway
train. They battled back to within 3 points, thanks to an interception
by LA's Brian Colson, which produced a quick triple by Jesse Wolfram
with 1:36 to play.
As usual, not enough time was left and they were forced to foul
the Tigers. After the fat lady sang and the Tigers sank all of their
free throws, LA lost the game, 71-66.
Livingston was led in scoring by Jaime Gurley with 23 points.
He was followed by Jesse Wolfram with 21 and Brian Colson with 7
points. Cody King and Joseph McGill each scored 4 points.
LA Coach Danny McCoin said of Tuesday's game, "We didn't play
well at all. Our defense let us down.
"Also, Dekalb County played really well."
The loss dropped the Wildcats to 1-2 in District 7-AA.
In Saturday's game against Campbell County, played in Sparta at
the Bill Boruff Shootout, LA lost 60-50.
In the first quarter, they began friendly enough, exchanging baskets
until the last two minutes of the quarter. Then, Campbell turned
up the heat, going on an 8-0 run to end the first quarter up 16-8.
In the second period, LA began with a little scoring run of their
own, primarily propelled by Jaime Gurley. Then, a 3-point play converted
by the Spartans' Gaylon Gardenheir kicked off an 11-6 Campbell scoring
run. This put LA down 10 big ones going into the second half, 30-20.
The second half began with LA and Campbell exchanging buckets for
a little while, with LA not really cutting into their big deficit.
Then, a big 3 by Campbell's Marquevian Cobb put Campbell up for
their biggest lead of the game, 41-26.
Later, with a big 3 by LA's Jeff Aldridge, LA came within 3 of
the crusading Spartans. After that, Livingston's shooting went cold
and time ran out on their hopes of winning the game, even though
Jesse Wolfram hit a major 3 with 20 seconds to play in the ball
game. It was too little, too late for the Wildcats this time and
they lost 60-50.
Livingston Academy was led in scoring by Jaime Gurley, who scored
12 points in the contest. Jeff Aldridge scored 11 points. Joseph
McGill and Jesse Wolfram scored 8 and 7 points, respectively. Matt
Reeder dropped in 6 for the Wildcats. Cody King, Dustin Ferrell,
and Brian Colson each scored 2 points.
Coach McCoin said, "They are a really big, athletic team.
We shot poorly. We made a run, but missed some easy shots after
The week's games moved LA's record to 1-8 on the season.
After taking on the Monterey Wildcats on Monday, Dec. 17 in the
Livingston Jaycees Tournament, the Livingston Academy Wildcats will
face the Crossville Jets at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, then play
June Buchanan at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21. Consolation and championship
games will be played Saturday, Dec. 22.
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