Lady Cats fall short in showdown with Lady Blue
Wildcats walk over Blue Devils
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. 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 Cats fall short
in showdown with Lady Blue Devils
By Dewain E. Peek, OCN staff
Amanda Harris Sports Photography
Jenna Baltimore attempts to bring the ball around for Livingston
Academy in Friday's struggle in Gainesboro.
Cold shooting and poor rebounding in a high pressure game spelled
doom for the Livingston Academy Wildcats on Friday night, Jan. 4.
The Lady Cats knew the heat would be on when they entered the pit
at Jackson County High School against the Lady Blue Devils. And
the early play showed it.
Livingston scored first with a Jenna Baltimore basket, then followed
with a score from Stephanie Sullivan to go up 4-0.
Andrea Davidson got the defending state champions on the board,
then Katrina Beechboard answered for the Lady Cats to go up 6-0.
Then the Lady Blue Devils fired up the net for 11 straight points
to take a 13-6 lead at the end of the first period.
The home team continued to dominate in the second period. LA managed
5 free throws and a Beechboard 3-pointer, while the Devils spewed
in 15 more points to take a 28-14 lead into the intermission.
LA Coach Lesley Smith said, "I think we came out tight, almost
afraid. I think we came out thinking, ‘we're playing the best team
in the state,' and it made us kind of tentative, more tentative
"The kids were afraid to mess up; they were afraid to miss.
We had some open shots early that we didn't make because we hesitated.
We double pumped some things, made some bad decisions like that.
More than anything, we passed up some shots we normally take."
Though the offensive game was on ice, Coach Smith liked what she
saw on the defensive side.
"I was real satisfied with our defense at halftime, but our
offense was so stagnant. It seemed like everybody was waiting on
somebody else to do it, and sometimes Jenna would try to take it
on her own shoulders and try to force something, and that was not
The Lady Cats began to chip away at the Gainesboro lead in the
third period, outscoring the home team 15-9, narrowing the Jackson
County lead to 37-29.
Livingston opened the fourth quarter on fire, with scoring by Renee
Melton, Jessica Leach, Katrina Beechboard, and another Renee Melton
basket to take a 38-37 lead.
When the Lady Cats made their move and took the lead, it looked
as though they were about to overhaul the defending champs.
"We really should have," Coach Smith said. "A lot
of times in a game like that when a team's down and they come back
and come back and come back and they get the lead, usually they'll
win because it's hard for the other team to answer it. Of course,
when you're playing the number one team in the state, they can pretty
much answer it."
The Devils wouldn't stay down. They reeled off 3 points to take
the lead 40-38. LA briefly regained the lead at 41-40, but with
the minutes slipping away, so did the game. Livingston fouls converted
into Jackson County points until the final buzzer sounded with the
home team winning 54-44.
Jackson County was led in scoring by Andrea Davidson with 18 points,
followed by Marissa Hensley with 15 points, and Alyssa Bowman with
13 points, including two 3-pointers.
LA was led in scoring by Katrina Beechboard with 13, including
a 3-pointer and 4 of 5 free throws made. Renee Melton scored 9 points,
including a free throw, Stephanie Sullivan scored 8 points, Jessica
Leach scored 7 points, including a 3-pointer and 2 free throws,
Jenna Baltimore scored 5 points, including a free throw, and Kellie
Thurman hit 2 free throws.
Jessica Leach led LA in assists with 7, followed by Megan Thompson
with 4, and Melton and Beechboard with 1 each.
Stephanie Sullivan led LA in rebounds with 7, followed by Renee
Melton, Christen Cates, and Katrina Beechboard with 4 each, Jessica
Leach and Megan Thomspon with 2 each, and Jenna Baltimore with 1.
Beechboard had 2 steals and blocked 2 shots, Leach had a steal
and blocked a shot, Sullivan had a steal and blocked a shot, and
Melton and Jenna Baltimore each had a steal.
"Renee Melton played great, and Jessica Leach played great
again," Coach Smith said. "If we can get those two playing
great and willing to shoot it when they're open, then I don't know
who can stop us if all five are playing well at the same time.
"It was a positive thing to go down there, in that atmosphere,
and play like we did in the second half, and pretty much dominate
them in the third quarter like we did. That hopefully will give
us the optimism, when we do play them again, that we can win. Especially
here when it's our crowd, our goals."
After hosting Smith County's Owlettes on Tuesday, Jan. 8, Livingston
Academy will host the Lady Lions of Cannon County on Friday, Jan.
Of the Lady Lions, Coach Smith said, "The first time we played
them, when we went down there, we didn't play well. Their pressure
hurt us. I think we overlooked them a little bit, knowing that in
the past they weren't very strong.
"They've also got a post player playing now that's a transfer
who wasn't eligible the first time, and she's playing real well.
"I think it's a good challenge for us. I'm anxious for it
because Cookeville and Crossville are the only two teams we've been
able to play twice and it's harder to play somebody the second time.
I think it will be a good thing for us to see how we react to somebody
who played us pretty tough the first time."
Then, on Tuesday, Jan. 15, the Lady Cats will host the third power
in District 7-AA, the Upperman Lady Bees. "They're more of
a scoring team than anybody else in our district," Coach Smith
"They're the best shooters in the district. They're just a
little undersized and they're not as deep as us or as deep as Jackson
County. Their three big dogs are the best of the best."
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Wildcats walk over Blue
By Ashley Hunter, OCN staff
Amanda Harris Sports Photography
LA's Jaime Gurley flies high for a score against the Jackson County
Blue Devils in Friday's win.
The Livingston Academy Wildcats kicked rear and took names this
week, beating the tar out of the top team in the district, Jackson
County, on Friday, January 4, 75-46.
The game began with LA jumping out to an early 12-1 lead, thanks
to good play from the Wildcats and a lot of clanking iron for the
Blue Devils. The first quarter continued to sway in Livingston's
favor, as Jackson County only managed to score 6 points in the entire
period, putting the Wildcats up 19-6 to end the first quarter.
The second quarter proved to be more of the same, as Livingston
skyrocketed the lead up to 15 points early in the frame, 28-13.
The Blue Devils managed to cut the lead to 11, with four minutes
to play in the half, but back-to-back 3-pointers by LA's Brian Colson
and Jeff Aldridge silenced their brief comeback. Livingston outscored
the Blue Devils 5-3 during the remainder of the half, and left the
floor at halftime with a commanding 44-20 lead.
The third quarter was of a different style, instead of watching
Jackson County's starters miss shot after shot, Blue Devil Coach
Jeremy Taylor put in his second unit to play the other half of the
Things began to get pretty predictable as the Wildcats jumped out
to a 33 point lead early in the third quarter, 56-23. The two teams
spent much of the quarter fouling each other, with seven fouls being
committed in the frame. In spite of this, the score still came out
looking pretty much the same at the end of the third quarter, this
time with LA leading by 31, 67-36.
The fourth quarter was, as it is in all blowout leads, spent phasing
out the starters and letting the second string get a little game
experience. The Wildcats put new faces Luke Eldridge, Jacob Pennington,
Shaun Gray, and Wesley Puckett into the contest to finish off the
win. The Blue Devils outscored the Wildcats in the final quarter,
but the Cats took the win, 75-46.
Jackson County was led in scoring by reserve Charles Lindberg,
who scored 11 points for the Blue Devils. He is followed by Joseph
Meadows with 10 points. Hix, Ward, Hardin, and Cassetty each put
up 5 points for the Blue Devils. Jackson County's second string
players outscored their starting five, 23-20.
LA was led in scoring by Jeff Aldridge, who scored 21 points.
He is followed by Jaime Gurley and Joseph McGill, who scored 16
and 15 points respectively. Brian Colson put up 7 for the Wildcats.
Jesse Wolfram scored 5 points, Matt Reeder scored 4, and Dustin
Ferrell scored 3. Kyle Copeland and Luke Eldridge each put in 2
for the Wildcats.
The win moved LA's overall record to 5-9 and their district record
After hosting the Smith County Owls on Tuesday, Jan. 8, the Wildcats
will host the Cannon County Lions on Friday night, Jan. 11. The
following Tuesday, Livingston Academy will battle Upperman.
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