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Archives 12-26-2001



Lady Wildcats Grab Quick Win In Jaycees Tournament
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
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 Grab Quick Win In Jaycees Tournament

By Dewain E. Peek, OCN staff

Amanda Harris Sports Photography

Livingston Academy's Jenna Baltimore goes up for a basket early in the Lady Wildcats' Jaycees Tournament win over Monterey's Lady Wildcats.


Overpowering from the beginning, the Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats opened the Livingston Jaycees Tournament with a 72-28 win over the Lady Wildcats of Monterey.

Lady Wildcats Coach Lesley Smith said, "Monterey is getting better, but they are so young. Two of their best players are freshmen.

"I think they are going to be better. For a single A team, I think they are going to be contenders, maybe this year. They had some bright spots.

"Our pressure hurt them a lot."

Livingston jumped to a 36-18 lead in the first half, then held the Lady Cats from up on the hill to 10 points in the second half.

Every LA player saw floor time in the game.

"It was a good game to get all the kids playing time," Coach Smith said.

Despite the scoring barrage, only two LA players scored in double figures. Kellie Thurman led in scoring with 16 points, including 4 of 6 from the foul line. Katrina Beechboard scored 13 points, including a 3-pointer.

Stephanie Sullivan scored 8 points, including 2 free throws, Christen Cates scored 7 points, including a free throw, Renee Melton scored 6 points, including 4 of 4 on free throws, Kasey Baltimore scored 5 points, including a 3-pointer, Jenna Baltimore scored 5 points, including a free throw, Chelsie Stover scored 4 points, Whitney Sells hit a 3-pointer, Kristen Hoover scored 3 points, including a free throw, and Jessica Leach scored 2 points.

Megan Thompson led LA in assists with 5, followed by Renee Melton with 4, Jenna Baltimore and Jessica Leach with 3 each, Katrina Beechboard and Chelsie Stover with 2 each, and Kasey Baltimore, Kellie Thurman, Kristen Hoover, and Whitney Sells each with an assist.

Every LA player pulled down a rebound. Kellie Thurman had 5 rebounds, followed by Christen Cates, Kasey Baltimore, and Katrina Beechboard with 4 each, Megan Thompson and Whitney Sells with 3 each, Jessica Leach, Renee Melton, Stephanie Sullivan, Chelsie Stover, and Kristen Hoover with 2 each, and Jenna Baltimore had a rebound.

Jessica Leach and Kristen Hoover each led LA in steals with 5, followed by Whitney Sells, Kellie Thurman, Kasey Baltimore, Christen Cates, Stephanie Sullivan, and Jenna Baltimore with 2 each, and Megan Thompson and Katrina Beechboard each had a steal.

Kellie Thurman blocked 2 shots.

Millington was scheduled to face Clarkrange on Wednesday, Dec. 19, but dropped out of the Jaycees Tournament. LA opted to play Clarkrange in Millington's place.

The Lady Wildcats pulled ahead early and led 41-25 at halftime. Livingston went on to win 41-25.

Katrina Beechboard led LA in scoring with 16 points, followed by Stephanie Sullivan with 14, Jenna Baltimore with 13, Renee Melton and Jessica Leach with 7 each, Kellie Thurman with 4, Megan Thompson and Kasey Baltimore with 3 each, and Whitney Sells with 2.

The Lady Wildcats will travel to Pickerington, OH, to play in a tournament pitting some of the best teams in the nation against each other.

"We're really excited about going," Coach Smith said. "It's a great national challenge for us. Although national rankings, and all of that stuff, doesn't mean anything, it's fun to get out and see where your kids are in comparison to around the country.

"I think it's good, especially as young as we are, to let those sophomores see some things some great players can do. They know what great players like Jenna, and Stephanie, Renee, and Jessica can do, but I want them to see what somebody from Georgia can do, or what somebody from Ohio can do."

Coach Smith doesn't plan to be a slave driver on the trip.

"Hopefully, we'll go and see some great players and get to play some good games and have a good time," she said. "It is Christmas break, and they are giving of their own personal time, so I want us to have a good time. I want us to play well, but winning and losing is not really as important as having a good time up there."

The Pickerington (OH) Tournament will be played from Wednesday, Dec. 26 through Saturday, Dec. 29.



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Wildcats Slam Wildcats In Jaycees Tourney Comeback

By Ashley Hunter, OCN staff

Amanda Harris Sports Photography

Livingston Academy's Joseph McGill, #33, rejects a Monterey player's advance toward the goal.


The Livingston Academy Wildcats made quite possibly the biggest comeback in school history last Monday night, beating Monterey's Wildcats 77-70.

LA Coach Danny McCoin said, "We made a big comeback. They played well in the first half and we played well in the second half.

"We had fire and desire.

"They got kind of nervous and missed a couple of shots. We ended up coming back and winning the basketball game."

The game opened with an eruption of 3-pointers scored by Monterey. They knocked down three triples before the 5 minute mark in the first quarter. Livingston had no answer for this amazing display of shooting and Monterey went on a 15-0 run to begin the game. As Livingston continued to miss shots, Monterey continued to make theirs, so by the end of the first quarter LA was down, 26-6.

The second quarter showed no signs of Monterey stopping their impressive display as they continued to stretch the lead.

At one point in the second quarter, Monterey led Livingston by 29 points, 43-14. At that point, LA took a time-out and came back into the game with a renewed attitude. They sank some buckets to end the half and take the lead down to 23, 43-20.

After the half, Monterey went cold and LA heated up like Phoenix in July. Livingston began to hit their shots, whittling away at Monterey's lead, thanks in part to Jaime Gurley, who had five buckets and two steals in the third quarter alone.

By the end of the quarter, the LA Wildcats had knocked the Monterey lead down to 13 points, 58-45.

The fourth quarter opened with a Monterey bucket, but it was Livingston that hit the next six shots, to take the lead down to 9 at 60-51.

Monterey then hit a couple of foul shots, but that was it for the next few trips down the floor.

A 3-pointer by LA's Jeff Aldridge brought Livingston within a single point at 62-61. Livingston finally took the lead on a Joseph McGill bucket, to propel LA ahead of Monterey, 65-64.

Livingston never looked back, and with an impressive display of free-throw shooting by Jesse Wolfram, they were able to put away the game by seven big ones, 77-70.

Monterey was led in scoring by Tyler Sells and Dustin Bowman with 17 points each. They were followed by Micheal Peters with 16 points and Andrew Miller with 15.

Livingston was led in scoring by Jaime Gurley, who scored 22 points. Jeff Aldridge and Joseph McGill threw in 15 and 12 points, respectively. Brian Colson put in 9 for the LA Wildcats. Jesse Wolfram and Brian Colson each scored 7 points. Dustin Ferrell put in 6 points. Kyle Copeland scored 4 points. and Cody King and Matt Reeder each scored 2 points.



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