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Lady Cats Play For Tournament Championships
Cats Take Runner-Up Spot In Jaycees Tourney


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., 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

Mike Kinnaird/OCN staff

The Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats are congratulated by tournament director Sid Carr on their winning the 2001 Livingston Jaycees Tournament championship.


Two tournaments, two championship games. The Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats spent their Christmas vacation battling some of the best teams in the country, winning one tournament, coming up just shy in another.

The Lady Cats put themselves in the championship game of the Livingston Jaycees Tournament with a 57-49 win over the Lady Jets of Cumberland County on Thursday, Dec. 20. Lady Cats Coach Lesley Smith said, "The first half may have been the best half we've played. The second half we didn't play real poorly, Crossville outplayed us.

"With 2:45 in the third quarter we were up 46-26. In the next 11 minutes, we had 10 turnovers and they just converted. They went on a streak where I don't think they missed a shot and we couldn't score. They stole it from us every time.

"Their point guard, Candace Foster, had 6 steals in the fourth quarter. She's a great defensive player. They just turned it up. We didn't handle it very well, we played not to lose. We barely held on."

LA was led in scoring by Katrina Beechboard with 16 points, including 2 free throws, followed by Jessica Leach with 12 points, Jenna Baltimore with 8 points, including a 3-pointer and 3 free throws, Stephanie Sullivan with 8 points, Renee Melton with 7 points, including 3 free throws, and Christen Cates, Megan Thompson, and Kellie Thurman with 2 points each.

The Lady Cats faced the Cookeville High School Lady Cavaliers in the championship game played Saturday, Dec. 22. The game was a battle from beginning to end with neither team letting up until the final buzzer went off and LA stood victorious with a 53-46 final score.

"Cookeville's players kept answering for a long-long time," Coach Smith said. "We'd score then they'd answer, we'd score then they'd answer. They played a great game.

"That's a great team. I feel very fortunate to have beaten them twice.

"At halftime, they were 7 of 9 on 3-pointers. They had 27 points and 21 of them were from threes. So obviously we talked about that at halftime.

"In the second half, they penetrated on us and hurt us like that," Coach Smith said. "You can't guard great players completely, and if they're able to shoot the three like they did in the first half, and drive on us like they did in the second half, they were just great players having great games. And they did, they had a great game. I'm just so proud of our kids for answering.

"The first time we played them, we didn't play very well, but we came out with a win," Coach Smith said. "This time, we played well and they played awesome. Somehow we were still able to win.

"I am just so proud of how we took care of the ball at the end. We turned it over a couple of times, but nothing that really mattered. We sucked it up defensively.

"We just took care of business. I'm real proud of them."

Coach Smith credited the cheers of the LA faithful for giving the Lady Cats the extra boost needed to overcome the Lady Cavs.

"I love it when the fans are here, and the girls do too. They were so excited when the fans started cheering "Hog-Eye" during the girls game.

"I wish the fans would come out every time, because that helps so much. They were almost like a "sixth man". They made a difference."

Jenna Baltimore led in scoring with 17 points, including three 3-pointers, followed by Stephanie Sullivan with 9 points, Renee Melton with 8 points, Megan Thompson with 6 points, Jessica Leach with 5 points, including a 3-pointer, Katrina Beechboard and Christen Cates with 3 points each, and Kellie Thurman with 2 points.

Cookeville was led by Ashley Taylor with 14 points, including a 3-pointer, and Lindsey Wolf with 10 points, including two 3-pointers.

After a short break to enjoy Christmas, the Lady Wildcats traveled to Pickerington, OH, on Wednesday, Dec. 26 to play in the 2001 Kroger Lady Tiger Holiday Classic.

"The first two wins were huge," Coach Smith said. "The first game went into overtime, which was the first for the girls this year."

That first game was played against the Lady Wildcats of Joseph Wheeler High School of Marietta, GA, on Thursday, Dec. 27.

Livingston jumped ahead 16-6 in the first period, and held on with a 10-14 second quarter to lead 25-20 at halftime. Wheeler turned it on in the third period to outscore LA 18-14 and pull within a point at 38-39. A defensive fourth period held LA to 4 points and Wheeler to 5 for a 43-43 tie, forcing overtime.

LA managed to pull out an 11-9 overtime period to win 54-52.

Stephanie Sullivan led LA with 15 points, followed by Katrina Beechboard with 13 points, Jenna Baltimore scored 12 points, including a 3-pointer, Jessica Leach and Renee Melton with 4 points each, Leach hitting a 3-pointer and a free throw, and Christen Cates with 2 points.

Scoring in double figures for Wheeler were University of Florida signee Danielle Santos with 18 points, including a 3-pointer, junior point guard Irma Dorsey with 13 points, including a 3-pointer, and Chaquaila Gaten with 11 points.

The win pushed Livingston into the semifinal round against the host Lady Tigers of Pickerington, a team with a tradition of six Ohio state championships and being named 1999 National Champions by USA Today.

A packed gymnasium greeted the Lady Wildcats when they entered to take on the home team. LA narrowly led the first period 18-16, and kept the pace in the second with a 15-12 quarter to lead 31-28 at halftime.

Livingston continued to inch ahead in the third period by outscoring the host team 15-10 to lead 46-38. A 14-11 final quarter cinched a 60-49 win for Livingston.

Katrina Beechboard led LA with 14 points, followed by Jenna Baltimore with 12 points, including three 3-pointers, Stephanie Sullivan with 10 points, Renee Melton with 9 points, including a 3-pointer, Christen Cates with 7 points, Kellie Thurman with 4 points, and Jessica Leach and Megan Thompson with 2 points each. Katrina Beechboard led LA in rebounds with 8.

Nationally touted sophomore Marscilla Packer led Pickerington with 22 points, including two 3-pointers, followed in double digit scoring by Kristen Holbrook with 13 points, including a 3-pointer, and Jenna Schone with 10 points, including a 3-pointer.

The win placed the Lady Wildcats in the championship game against Norman North of Oklahoma. LA trailed 23-33 at halftime and couldn't keep pace, falling 47-60.

Jenna Baltimore led LA with 12 points, followed by Megan Thompson with 10 points, Jessica Leach with 8 points, Stephanie Sullivan and Katrina Beechboard with 6 points each, Kasey Baltimore with 3 points, and Renee Melton with 2 points.

"It was tough," Coach Smith said. "I think we just ran out of mental energy. They hustled, the effort was there. I just think they were exhausted from having played such high caliber teams day-after-day.

"I believe we will learn from this. The trip can only help us."

The Lady Wildcats will travel to Gainesboro on Friday, Jan. 4 for a big District 7-AA game against the defending state champion Jackson County Lady Blue Devils. Livingston Academy will then host the Smith County Owlettes on Tuesday, Jan. 8 in another district game.

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Cats Take Runner-Up Spot In Jaycees Tourney

By Ashley Hunter, OCN staff

The Livingston Academy Wildcats are congratulated by Livingston Jaycees Tournament Director Sid Carr, far right, on taking the runner-up spot in the 2001 Livingston Jaycees Tournament.


Livingston Academy Wildcats finished up play and placed second in the Livingston Jaycees Christmas Basketball Invitational last week, winning games against Cumberland County and June Buchanan School and losing to Cookeville in the championship game.

In the game against Cumberland County on Wednesday, Dec. 19, LA started with a bang and finished with a bang.

In the first quarter, Livingston started off with a major run early in the game, capped off by three straight 3-pointers by three different Livingston Academy players to give LA a 16-9 lead. The Wildcats continued to hold the lead and by the end of the quarter they were up 19-13.

Livingston played well in the second quarter, going ahead by as many as 8 points, 25-17. Then, it was Cumberland County's turn to come back. They scored a few buckets and came back to within 2 toward the end of the first half.

A 3-pointer by LA's Jeff Aldridge gave LA a bigger lead and the Cumberland County team didn't come as far back as they would have liked to, only managing to cut the LA lead to within 5 big ones at halftime, 40-35.

The third quarter was a different story altogether, with the Jets making a big run to put Livingston on the low end of the totem pole for awhile. They managed to take a 9-point lead part-way through the third quarter, 59-50. LA came right back at them, though, going on a 7-2 run to end the quarter down a point, 60-59.

The fourth quarter was evenly matched, with a lot of bucket-exchanging and flip-flopping of the lead. The lead was never higher than 3 points the entire quarter for either team. Then, in the last seconds, with the game tied at 81, LA's Jesse Wolfram sank a bucket and scored the following free throw to ice the nail-biter for the Wildcats, 84-81.

Cumberland County was led in scoring by Chase Burnett, with 27 points. He was followed by Josh Wieland with 15 and Brandon Houston with 14.

Livingston was led in scoring by Jaime Gurley with 28 points. Jeff Aldridge scored 24 points. Jesse Wolfram and Matt Reeder each scored 12 for the Wildcats. Joseph McGill put in 4 big ones. Brian Colson and Dustin Ferrell each scored 2 points.

In the game against June Buchanan on Friday, Dec. 21, LA began losing and came out winning against the Crusaders.

In the first quarter, LA seemed to have a few bugs to work out, with June Buchanan taking an early lead, 9-4. LA got right back in the saddle of things and went on a little run to tie the score at 9 for each team. The Crusaders lived up to their name for a few minutes, hitting a 3-pointer and taking a 4-point lead on the Wildcats, 17-13. Then, a layup and 3-pointer by LA's Jaime Gurley gave the Wildcats a 1-point lead to end the first quarter, 18-17. Two 3-pointers by June Buchanan couldn't stop LA from hitting numerous layups and taking the lead to end the half ahead of June Buchanan by 3, 44-41.

The second half began with a bunch of LA scoring. Two buckets by LA's Jeff Aldridge began the third quarter. June Buchanan came back to tie the score briefly at 48. LA then went on a 9-2 run to put the Crusaders back on the losing end of the scoreboard, 57-50. Livingston continued to lead the ball game, going up by as many as 11 points. The Crusaders pulled the LA lead to within 9 to end the third quarter, 66-57.

The fourth quarter began with June Buchanan pulling to within 6 and LA scoring the next 5 points to take a 73-62 lead. The Wildcats continued to make the Crusaders look really bad, pulling out to a 14-point lead, 81-67. Then, the Crusaders actually crusaded for a little while, once again pulling the LA lead back to within 6. Even one of six 3-pointers thrown up by Josh Cook couldn't save the Crusaders' effort. It was a day late and a dollar short for June Buchanan School and LA took the win, 88-83.

The Crusaders were led in scoring by Josh Cook, with 32 points. He was followed by Josh Begley with 15.

Livingston was led in scoring by Jaime Gurley with 31 points. Jeff Aldridge threw in 20 for the Wildcats. Joseph McGill and Matt Reeder each scored 10 points.

In the championship game against Cookeville, LA began the game playing great, but fizzling out in the end, losing 70-53. LA came out swinging in the first quarter, exchanging baskets with the Cavaliers and even taking a 1-point lead to end the first quarter, 14-13.

The second quarter began with a little more good play from LA. They actually expanded their first quarter lead to 5, 20-15. Then, the score was all tied up at 26. Cookeville then went on to score the last 5 points of the half and took the lead away, 31-26, to end the first half.

The Cavaliers went on a 7-2 run to begin the third quarter, leading the Wildcats by 10 points, 38-28. LA took a time out with 6:23 to play in the third quarter, but it didn't seem to help much as Cookeville continued to murder the Wildcats. The Cavaliers led by a score of 53-38 to end the third frame.

In the fourth quarter, LA managed to pull within 9 points, 60-51, but it was a little too late for the Wildcats, as Cookeville went on a 10-2 run to force LA into the runner-up spot in the tournament, 70-53.

The Cavaliers were led in scoring by Mario Burnett with 19 points and Nathan Burks with 17. They were followed by Jason Cobb with 15 and Wade Wheaton with 7 points.

LA was led in scoring by Jaime Gurley with 12 points. Jesse Wolfram and Jeff Aldridge scored 8 and 7 points, respectively. Kyle Copeland and Matt Reeder each put in 6 points, and Joseph McGill and Dustin Ferrell each scored 4 points.

LA's overall record now stands at 4-9.

The next action for the Wildcats is Friday night at Jackson County in a District 7-AA matchup. Livingston Academy will host the Smith County Owls Tuesday, Jan. 8 in another district contest.

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