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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 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 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 to 5-1.

The Lady Cats hosted the Lady Lions of Cannon County on Friday, Jan. 11.

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 their press.

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. 8.

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 win.

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.

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 throw.

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 Institute.

"York's playing better than they did the first time we played them, 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 on them."

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 Owls, Lions

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, 75-72.

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 night.

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 quarter, 16-7.

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, Jan. 22.

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