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Lady Cats fall short in showdown with Lady Blue Devils
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 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 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 than nervous.

"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 good either."

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. 11.

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 said.

"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 Devils

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 game.

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 to 2-3.

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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