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Archives 12-19-2001



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 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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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 Shootout win.


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 been.

"At halftime we had a little soul-searching session, 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 was awesome.

"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 a shot.

The Lady Wildcats traveled to Sparta to play in the Bill Boruff Shootout, held Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14 and 15 at White County High School.

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, Dec. 22.

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 And Crusaders

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, GA.

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 lead.

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 that."

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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