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Archives 01-23-2002



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 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 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 67-64.

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 game.

"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 prepared."

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, she said. The Lady Dragons were a tenacious bunch who would not go away.

"Our defense wasn't great, 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, and Carthage.

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, Jan. 26.

"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, 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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