Lady Cats tame Lady Lions, devour Owlettes
Cats lose close games to Owls, Lions
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
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 tame Lady
Lions, devour Owlettes
By Dewain E. Peek, OCN staff
Amanda Harris Sports Photography
Livingston Academy's Renee Melton, #5, led all scorers in Friday's
home game with 14 points.
The Lady Wildcats mangled Lady Lions and devoured Owlettes for
two District 7-AA wins last week, to push their district record
The Lady Cats hosted the Lady Lions of Cannon County on Friday,
Kellie Thurman and Stephanie Sullivan got the party started for
LA with quick baskets to go ahead 4-0. Free throws on both sides
moved the score to 6-4, then the Lady Cats took off with 13 straight
unanswered points, 7 from Sullivan and 6 from Renee Melton. When
the first period ended, Living-ston led 23-9.
Jenna Baltimore and Thur-man started the scoring in the second
period, and, for a time, LA seemed to be ready to duplicate the
scoring of the first period. Then the Lady Lions began to claw back
with 8 unanswered points of their own. The home team managed to
outscore the determined Woodbury team 25-21 in the quarter to take
a 48-30 lead into halftime.
LA Coach Lesley Smith said, "The first two quarters, besides
the fouls, were some of the best we've played, all around. Renee
was shooting really well. Jessica (Leach) and Jenna were taking
better shots and scoring, and they were getting the ball to Stephanie
and she was making them."
Sullivan and Melton started the scoring in the third period and
Livingston went on to outscore Cannon County 23-18 for a 71-48 score
going into the final frame. A 14-13 fourth gave the Lady Cats an
85-61 victory over the visitors.
"They just get stronger and stronger," Coach Smith said.
"And the more Jessica and Renee step up, the better we get.
"Defensively, we had a little wrinkle in our press to keep
the ball out of their point guard's hands, because she did such
a good job last time of just dribbling through our press.
"The kids played it like we practiced it for days. That was
the difference, we kept it out of her hands early and they coughed
it up a lot against the press, and we were able to score against
Cannon County point guard Ashley Nichols was the player causing
such concern. She finished with 11 points for the Lady Lions, followed
in double figures by Shellie Sullins with 10 points. Nichols impressed
Coach Smith so much in the previous meeting that a new direction
was mapped out for this meeting.
"Last time, she was kicking it to shooters and penetrating
and just doing everything," Coach Smith said. "We knew
if we could keep it out of her hands and make the other ones handle
it, or make her give it up when she got it, then we'd have a better
chance. The game plan worked, and the kids worked it to perfection."
LA was led in scoring by Renee Melton with 14 points, including
a 3-pointer and 3 free throws. She was followed in double figures
by Katrina Beechboard and Stephanie Sullivan with 13 points each,
Beechboard including 3 free throws and Sullivan including a free
throw, and Jessica Leach with 12 points, including 4 free throws.
Also contributing in the scoring for LA were Kellie Thurman with
8 points, including 4 free throws, Jenna Baltimore and Christen
Cates with 7 points each, Baltimore including a free throw and Cates
including 3 free throws, Megan Thompson with 4 points, Kristen Hoover
with 4 free throws, and Kasey Baltimore with a 3-pointer.
Jessica Leach led LA in assists with 6, followed by Jenna Baltimore,
Melton, Beechboard, and Thompson with 2 each, and Kasey Baltimore
with an assist.
Christen Cates controlled the boards with 11 rebounds, followed
by Beechboard with 8, Leach and Thurman with 6 each, Melton and
Sullivan with 5 each, Chelsie Stover with 2, and Thompson, Hoover,
and Whitney Sells each with a rebound.
Jessica Leach had 5 steals, Jenna Baltimore had 2 steals, and Sullivan,
Kasey Baltimore, Beechboard, and Hoover each had a steal. Stephanie
Sullivan blocked 3 shots, and Cates and Thurman each blocked a shot.
The Lady Cats defeated the Smith County Owlettes on Tuesday, Jan.
LA went in front 14-12 in the first period, then turned on the
jets for a 28-4 second quarter to lead 46-16 at halftime. The rest
was killing time until the buzzer sounded on a 71-49 Livingston
Coach Smith said, "Our pressure really controlled them also.
At halftime we decided we were going to work on our matchup zone
against their shooters, because they've got a couple of shooters.
"We really messed with our lineup in the second half, played
a whole bunch of different kids together.Ó
April James took over the Smith County game, scoring 26 points
for the Owlettes.
LA was led in scoring by Christen Cates with 11 points, including
a free throw, followed in double figures by Jenna Baltimore and
Katrina Beechboard with 10 points each, both including 2 free throws.
Also contributing in scoring were Kellie Thurman with 9 points,
including 3 free throws, Renee Melton and Jessica Leach with 7 points
each, Melton including 3 free throws and Leach including a free
throw, Stephanie Sullivan with 6 points, Megan Thompson and Kasey
Baltimore with 5 points each, Thompson including a 3-pointer and
Baltimore including 3 free throws, and Whitney Sells with a free
Jenna Baltimore led LA in assists with 4, followed by Thompson
with 3, Leach, Melton, and Sells with 2 each, and Beechboard, Stover,
and Hoover each with an assist.
Katrina Beechboard led in rebounds with 8, followed by Cates with
5, Melton with 4, Leach, Sullivan, Stover, and Thompson with 3 each,
Sells with 2, and Jenna Baltimore, Kasey Baltimore, and Thurman
with a rebound each.
Stephanie Sullivan blocked 8 shots, Beechboard blocked 2, and Thompson
blocked a shot.
Kellie Thurman led LA in steals with 4, followed by Jenna Baltimore
with 3, Melton and Sullivan with 2 steals each, and Leach, Kasey
Baltimore, and Hoover each with a steal.
After a big district game at home against Upperman's Lady Bees
on Tuesday, Jan. 15, the Lady Cats will travel to Jamestown on Friday,
Jan. 18 for another district matchup against the Lady Dragons of
"York's playing better than they did the first time we played
them,Ó Coach Smith said. "They're scoring better. I think it's
going to be a matter of us playing our game and keeping the pressure
Livingston Academy will host Pickett County's Lady Bobcats on Tuesday,
Jan. 22 in a non-class game.
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Cats lose close games to
By Ashley Hunter, OCN staff
A manda Harris Sports Photography
Joseph McGill led LA in scoring with 19 points against the Cannon
County Lions in Friday's game.
The Livingston Academy Wildcats dropped two games this past week,
losing to Smith County and Cannon County.
LA played host to the Smith County Owls Tuesday, Jan. 8. The Cats
started off with a bang, jumping out to an 11-6 lead. The Wildcats
kept right on going, stealing the ball and hitting many difficult
shots. By the end of the first quarter, Livingston was up 26-17.
They continued to keep on ticking as the second quarter progressed,
widening their lead to 14 points at 43-9. Then, the Owls went on
a major scoring run to put up the last 7 points of the quarter to
leave the Wildcats up only 7 points at halftime, 43-36.
LA continued to lead the game throughout the third quarter, although
by not as many points as their earlier bonus. The Owls cut the lead
to two points with 4:30 to play in the third, but that was as close
as they came for a little while, as the Wildcats battled back to
score the next 5 points.
Smith County was not to be silenced, though, and went on a 9-0
scoring run to take the lead over LA, 52-50. The teams swapped the
lead for the rest of the quarter and by the end of the third frame,
LA was up by a single point, 55-54.
The fourth quarter was an absolute grudge match, with each team
fighting tooth and nail for each bucket. The teams both played at
about the same speed during the fourth quarter, but when it was
all over, Smith County was on the winning side of the scoreboard,
The Owls were led in scoring by Stephen Ralph with 27 points. Ryan
Sleeper put in 24 points for Smith County, and Daniel Gibbs scored
13 big ones in the contest.
LA was led in scoring by Jeff Aldridge, who put in 23 for the
Wildcats. Joseph McGill and Jesse Wolfram scored 17 and 11 points,
respectively. They were followed by Jaime Gurley with 9 points,
Dustin Ferrell with 5, Kyle Copeland with 4, Matt Reeder with 2,
and Brian Colson with 1 point to round out Wildcat scoring for the
LA Head Coach Danny McCoin said, "We should've won. We had
a chance and were up by 14. They had a run and we came up short.
"We might have won if we had hit more shots in the fourth quarter.
"Joseph McGill and Jeff Aldridge played extremely well for
us against Smith County."
Cannon County came calling on Friday, Jan. 11. LA battled back
from a very large deficit, but failed to close out the victory.
The game began with the Lions rushing out to a 14-4 lead, with
4:00 to play in the first quarter. The last four minutes of the
first were basically spent running up and down the floor with no
particular purpose at all. Only 5 points were scored by the two
teams combined, to give the Lions a 9-point lead to end the first
In the second quarter, Cannon County continued to expand their
lead to 15 points, 28-13. Once again, LA battled back and put up
some shots. The Wildcats managed to cut the Lion lead to 10 at the
halfway point, 36-26.
The third quarter began with the same old sixes and sevens as the
Lions held a big lead. Then, LA, down 9 points, took a time-out.
When they came back onto the court, it was a whole new ball game.
The Wildcats came back with a very physcial game, going on a 13-2
run to tie the game at the beginning of the fourth quarter.
During this run, more running occurred, two players right into
each other. After scoring a bucket, Wildcat Matt Reeder turned to
go back to the other end of the floor and collided with a Cannon
County player. Both boys sustained cuts above their eyes and had
to leave the game momentarily.
After LA gained the tie, the Lions scored the next few buckets
and took a 5-point lead. LA came back to cut the lead to one with
2:40 to play in the game. The shots didn't fall for the Wildcats
this time and Cannon County took the win 61-53. The Lions were led
in scoring by Spencer Rowland, who scored 23. Jesse Owen put in
8 points for Smith County.
LA, with a few injuries, and the sickness of leading scorer Jaime
Gurley, proved they indeed have people to pick up the slack when
needed. They were led in scoring by Joseph McGill with 19 points.
Jesse Wolfram put in 12 points for the Wildcats. Matt Reeder scored
8 points. Jeff Aldridge, Dustin Ferrell, and Brian Colson each scored
4 points. Kyle Copeland scored 2 points for LA in the contest.
Coach McCoin said, "I'm really proud of the boys. We played
a good game; we just got stuck on 44 for about six straight possessions."
After hosting Upperman's Bees on Tuesday, Jan. 15, the Wildcats
will go on the road against York Institute Friday, Jan. 18 . Afterward,
Livingston Academy will play at home against Pickett County Tuesday,
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