Lady Wildcats stung by Lady Bee Emily Christian
Wildcats fall to Upperman Bees, York Institute Dragons
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 Wildcats stung
by Lady Bee Emily Christian
By Dewain E. Peek, OCN staff
Amanda Harris Sports Photography
Kellie Thurman puts up a shot for the Lady Wildcats against the
Lady Dragons of York Institute.
Early dominance gave way to a one-girl wrecking crew when the
Lady Wildcats took on the Upperman Lady Bees at Livingston Academy
on Tuesday, Jan. 15.
The home team jumped out front of the Baxter opposition in the
first period with a commanding lead that settled at 24-11 at the
end of the quarter. The Lady Cats continued to expand the lead until
their shooting went cold after scoring 34 points.
Emily Christian, whom LA had kept in check through the first period,
took over for Upperman in the second period. Christian, by basket
and by rebound, pushed the Lady Bees into the lead 35-34 at halftime.
The Lady Cats mounted a comeback in the third period and pulled
ahead. But again, Christian was instrumental in sparking the Lady
Bees into retaking the lead 54-53 at the end of the quarter.
Both teams locked horns in the fourth quarter, with the teams swapping
the lead back-and-forth, giving the impression that whoever scored
last would be the winner.
After a Stephanie Sullivan block to keep Upperman in sight at 65-64,
LA had the ball and, with under 20 seconds to play, appeared to
be the team that would score last for the win. The Lady Cats got
the ball to Sullivan, who attempted a layup, but there was Christian
to slap the shot away. She not only blocked the shot but also pulled
down the rebound, and was fouled by LA in the process. Christian
hit the free throws to give Upperman the final winning score of
Lady Cats Coach Lesley Smith said, "We played pretty well.
We shot pretty well, other than that second quarter."
Upperman's Christian scored 31 points to lead in scoring for the
"She hurt us on the boards," Coach Smith said. "She
had 20 rebounds. When she got her confidence level up, in the fourth
quarter, even when we double-teamed her we couldn't stop her.
"She had a great game. She played better than anyone else
on the floor."
Coach Smith is looking forward to a different outcome in the next
meeting with the Bees.
"I learned some things," she said. "We'll be better
Livingston Academy was paced by Jenna Baltimore with 17 points,
followed by Stephanie Sullivan and Katrina Beech-board with 16 points
each, Renee Melton with 8 points, Christen Cates with 4 points,
Jessica Leach with 2 points, and Megan Thompson with a free throw.
The Lady Cats traveled to Jamestown on Friday, Jan. 18 to take
on the Lady Dragons of York Institute.
LA moved ahead of the home team in a 13-8 first quarter, then followed
with a 20-13 second period to lead 33-21 at halftime.
Both teams deadlocked with an 18-18 third period to continue the
LA lead at 51-39 at the end of the quarter, then the Lady Cats went
to the free throw line early and often in the final frame, hitting
15 of 18. Livingston outscored the Jamestown team 21-12 in the fourth
period to win 72-51.
"We came out a little flat," Coach Smith said. "We
shot the ball horridly."
Though the early shooting needed help, the ballhandling pleased
Coach Smith. "We took care of the ball,Ó she said. The Lady
Dragons were a tenacious bunch who would not go away.
"Our defense wasn't great,Ó Coach Smith said. "We had
a hard time trapping them. They shot the ball really well while
we weren't. But any win in this district is good. We were glad to
get out with a win."
After hosting Pickett County's Lady Bobcats on Tuesday, Jan. 22,
the Lady Wildcats will go on a road trip to Crossville, Sparta,
The Lady Cats will play the Cumberland County Lady Jets at 6 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 25, then play the White County Warriorettes on Saturday,
"Those are going to be two of the toughest games we've had,"
Coach Smith said. "They're both great programs, and they're
both winning a lot right now.
"We'll meet a real physical team on their home floor Friday
night, then see the opposite real quick, a team that's shooting
all the threes, Saturday night. So, it's going to be a good challenge
for us, but if we're lucky enough to make it to Murfreesboro, we're
going to have to play back- to-back like that."
The Lady Cats will take on District 7-AA competitor Smith County
Owlettes on Tuesday, Jan. 29.
"We need to come in ready to take care of business,Ó Coach
Smith said of the trip to Carthage.
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Wildcats fall to Upperman
Bees, York Institute Dragons
By Ashley Hunter, OCN staff
Amanda Harris Sports Photography
Jaime Gurley leaps for a 2-point attempt at Jamestown in Friday's
game against the York Dragons.
The Livingston Academy Wildcats lost two tough ones to perennial
foes Upperman and York this past week.
In the game against the Upperman Bees on Tuesday, Jan. 14, the
two teams began pretty evenly matched, but Livingston ended up on
the losing side of the fence as the game progressed.
In the first quarter, the Wildcats started off with a bang, putting
up plenty of good shots, but unfortunately for LA, Upper-man was
too. By the end of the quarter it was Upperman up by 2 points, 18-16.
In the beginning of the second quarter, LA tied the score on a
quick shot by Matt Reeder. That didn't last for long, though, as
former Pickett County stand-out Adam Asberry hit a big three to
put the Bees up 21-18. LA came to within 2 on a Gurley bucket, 26-24.
Upperman outscored LA 4-1 to end the half, leaving Livingston down
30-25 at the break.
LA's Joseph McGill knocked in a big score to bring LA to within
3 points to kick off the third quarter. After that, the Bees did
a little stinging. They outscored LA 8-0 in the next few minutes
to put themselves up 38-27 with 6:10 left in the third quarter.
LA's Jeff Aldridge then hit three quick 3-pointers to bring Livingston
back to within 7 points, 43-36. The Bees went on a 14-8 run to end
the third quarter and silence the Wildcats, 57-44.
The Wildcats played a game of catch-up in the fourth quarter as
the Bees also continued to paralyze. LA managed to cut the lead
to 10 big ones with a minute to play, but there was too much Adam
Asberry and not enough time, as he sunk some free throws to seal
the deal for Upperman, 81-67.
Jeff Aldridge was the game-high scorer with 31 points. Joseph McGill
and Brian Colson put up 11 and 7 points, respectively. Jesse Wolfram,
Jaime Gurley, and Matt Reeder each put in 6 points for the Wildcats.
Adam Asberry led all Upperman scorers with 27. Kyle Herald put
up 26 points for the buzzing Bees.
In the game against the York Institute Dragons last Friday, Jan.
18, LA lost a battle with the free throw line and not necessarily
the York team.
The first quarter was dominated by York Institute as Senior James
Brady put up 10 for the Dragons in the first period alone. LA pulled
to within 2 with 2:05 left in the first, 12-10, but York came back
to score the next 4 and leave LA down 16-10 to end the first quarter.
York kept right on moving in the second quarter to outscore LA
18-4 and lead by 16 with 2:20 to play in the half. Livingston rallied
to score the next 6 points to cut the lead back to 10. York scored
a quick bucket just before the halftime buzzer to leave LA high
and dry, 32-20.
LA caught a break early in the third quarter as York's Brady committed
two quick fouls and had to take a seat. This gave LA a chance to
nibble into the lead. And nibble they did. LA cut the lead to 5
with a 3-pointer by Jesse Wolfram to bring the score to 35-30. York
fired back to score the next 5, though, and kept on going to leave
LA down 46-38 to end the third frame.
LA once again used the fourth quarter to play catch-up, but this
time there was actually a healthy chance of LA getting the win.
As York's good players fouled out one by one, LA kept hitting buckets
and tied the score at 48 with 4:59 to play in the game. York kept
right on fouling the Wildcats, but the foul shots just kept coming
up out of the bucket like last night's tuna casserole as LA went
7-21 from the line.
York took the game by 6 points, 59-53. York was led in scoring
by Travis Tate, who put in 21 points. He was followed by James Brady
and Kelly Leffew, who scored 15 and 10 points, respectively.
LA was led in scoring by Joseph McGill, who threw in 18 for the
Wildcats. Jeff Aldridge scored 11, Jesse Wolfram put up 10 points,
Jaime Gurley threw in 6 points, Brian Colson scored 4 points, and
Matt Reeder and Kyle Copeland each put up 2 in the losing effort.
The next action for the Wildcats is this Friday night as they travel
to Crossville to face the Cumberland County Jets. They continue
to travel the next day as they play the White County Warriors on
Saturday, Jan. 25, then go to Carthage on Tuesday, Jan. 29 to take
on the Smith County Owls in a district game.
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