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Archives 02-13-2002



Lady Cats knock down Owlettes, Lady Tigers
LA Wildcats defeat Tigers, lose to Owls


LA Jr. Varsity Basketball Schedule 2001

Date Opponent Site Time
Thur., Feb. 14 Pickett Co. (Boys Only) Away 4:15 p.m.

LA Varsity Basketball Schedule 2001

Date Opponent Site Time
Thur., Feb. 14 Pickett Co. Away 6:30 p.m.


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Lady Cats defeat top ranked Lady Bees

By Dewain E. Peek, OCN staff


Amanda Harris Sports Photography

Kellie Thurman came off the bench Friday night to help power the Lady Cats past Upperman.



Livingston Academy's Lady Wildcats raided the Upperman Lady Bees' hive Friday night, Feb. 8 for a District 7-AA upset.

Lady Wildcats Coach Lesley Smith said, "It was a big confidence boost for our team, especially the seniors that had never beaten them.

"We played defense and rebounded, that's how you win big games when the two teams are close in talent and ability."

LA jumped ahead 10-6 in the first period, then held on for a 22-20 lead at halftime. LA led by 2 points again at the end of the third period, 34-32, and kept a tight grasp on the lead for a 47-43 victory.

"The defense in the Upperman game was the difference," Coach Smith said. "We didn't make our shots like we normally do. Our defense really shut them down. The kids did a great job, knowing who their best players were, knowing what their best players' strengths were.

"Jessica Leach played the best defensive game I think I've ever seen played by a perimeter player. She was guarding Blankenship, who is possibly the best shooter in our district, and she didn't even get a sniff at a three. She hit one three, when Jessica was on the bench taking a break. We talked about not giving them any open threes, and she sure didn't. She did a great job keeping her from scoring.

"Jenna (Baltimore) and Renee (Melton) also had tough matchups. Jenna had to guard (Amanda) Austin, and Renee got (Emily) Christian. Renee did a good job pushing Christian away from the goal and keeping her from getting easy shots. We had several people in there to help when Renee did get beat, because I'm not sure there's anybody on our team that can guard her one-on-one and stop her. She's tough offensively. We did hold her to 15, and I was real proud of Renee for that."

Another outstanding performance in the game came in the form of Kellie Thurman, who came in to spell Stephanie Sullivan who was bothered by a nagging knee ailment.

"Thurman just gave us a spark both times she came in off the bench. She was just ready to play right then.”

Smith noted a shot Thurman made against Christian as being a turning point in the game.

"I think that gave not only her confidence, but it gave the rest of the team confidence."

Thurman's defensive play also pushed the team ahead.

"She had a huge steal at the end of the third quarter," Coach Smith said. "They were holding it for a last-second shot, and she got a great steal and they ended up fouling her. She went to the free throw line and made two, and that put us up for the last time. They didn't go ahead after that. She was everywhere. She'd get a steal, she'd get a big rebound, she'd make a big three. That was by far her best game, maybe not her best stats, but it was her best game."

Katrina Beechboard led in scoring with 19 points, including a 3-pointer and 6 free throws. She was followed in double figures by Kellie Thurman with 13 points, including a 3-pointer and 6 of 6 on free throws. Also contributing in scoring in the win were Stephanie Sullivan with 6 points, Jessica Leach with 4 points, including 2 free throws, Jenna Baltimore with 3 free throws, and Renee Melton with 2 points.

Jessica Leach led LA in assists with 4, followed by Baltimore with 3, and Melton and Thurman each with an assist.

Beechboard and Thurman each had 7 rebounds, followed by Melton with 6, Sullivan with 3, Leach and Megan Thompson with 2 each, and Baltimore with a rebound.

Beechboard had 3 steals, Thurman 2, and Leach and Melton each had a steal.

Sullivan blocked a shot.

Christian led the Lady Bees in scoring with 15 points.

The win pushed the Lady Cats to 23-4 overall and closed out their regular season district record at 9-3.

Even though Jackson County had beaten Upperman twice, Upperman was inexplicably still ranked by the Associated Press as number one in the state in Class AA last week, albeit in a tie with McMinn Central. Jackson County had moved up to number 3, and LA had moved up to number 4. Livingston Academy played host to Jackson County's Lady Blue Devils on Tuesday, Feb. 5.

After a brief LA lead, Jackson County raced ahead 18-10 in the first period. The visitors held the lead in the second period and went to halftime leading 32-25.

The Lady Cats couldn't gain ground in the third period and trailed 37-45 going into the final frame. In the fourth period, the Lady Cats made their move and pulled within 4 points, but the Lady Devils refused to give and held on for a 60-52 win to go undefeated in District 7-AA.

Jackson County was led in scoring by Alyssa Bowman with 18 points, including four 3-pointers, followed by Andrea Davidson with 17, including two 3-pointers, and Marissa Hensley with 12.

Coach Smith said, " We didn't play very well. Had we played well, we would have beaten them.

"We played pretty good defense, but overall we did a poor job of paying attention to the small things. We didn't use screens, we didn't box out, we didn't get around screens.

"Had we played the way we did Friday night, we would have beaten them. We paid attention to details on Friday night. Little things are important, and we knew we had to do the little things,” Coach Smith said. "I think Tuesday night we thought maybe we didn't have to do the little things and we could still win. Well, we came close and did none of the little things.

"That was one of our most poorly played games. We were playing a great team, but a lot of it was our decisions or lack of thinking about what we should have done."

Jenna Baltimore led in scoring with 19 points, including a 3-pointer and 6 of 6 on free throws. She was followed in double figures by Katrina Beechboard with 12 points. Also contributing in scoring for LA were Stephanie Sullivan with 8 points, Kellie Thurman with 5 points, including a free throw, Jessica Leach with 4 points, and Christen Cates and Megan Thompson with 2 points each.

Leach led LA in assists with 4, followed by Baltimore and Thomson with 3 each, and Beechboard with 1.

Leach led LA in rebounds with 8, followed by Sullivan with 7, Melton, Beechboard, and Thurman with 4 each, Baltimore with 2, and Thompson with 1.

Leach led LA in steals with 3, followed by Baltimore and Thurman with 2 each, and Thompson with 1.

Sullivan blocked 2 shots, and Baltimore and Beechboard each blocked a shot.

After hosting Cookeville on Tuesday, Feb. 12, LA will take on Pickett County's Lady Bobcats in the last game of the regular season Friday, Feb. 15. Then, the Lady Cats will play in the District 7-AA Tournament to be held in Tennessee Tech's Hooper-Eblen Center beginning Tuesday, Feb. 19.

Seeding for the tournament was not completed at press time. An Upperman loss to Cannon County would place LA number 2 and place the Lady Cats against the number 7 team, DeKalb County, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19. An Upperman win would result in a coin toss to determine the number 2 and 3 seeding. If LA is seeded number 3, the Lady Cats will play the number 6 team, Smith County, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20.


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Cats play Blue Devils, Bees

By Ashley Hunter, OCN staff

Amanda Harris Sports Photography

Brad West looks to pass to a Wildcats teammate in action from Friday's game at Upperman High School.

Once again, the Livingston Academy Wildcats have faced two tough opponents. This past week, Livingston played against and lost to Jackson County on Tuesday, Feb. 5 and Upperman on Friday, Feb. 8.

In the game against Jackson County, Livingston began with great intentions, but lost it in the second half.

In the first quarter, LA got off to an excellent start, matching the Blue Devils for every bucket. They continued to play wonderful basketball and went for a 7-0 run to end the first quarter up 15-9.

The second quarter was eventful as Jackson County began to narrow the gap. Blue Devil standout Brandon Ward heated up to score the last 7 points of the half, scoring most notably a 3-pointer and a spectacular reverse layup. This put the Wildcats on the losing end of the totem pole at halftime, 26-22.

LA shots went a bit cool in the third quarter, while Brandon Ward's shooting hand was as hot as Phoenix in July. He drained four consecutive shots, three of which were 3-pointers. If that wasn't enough for Jackson County, they ended the quarter with yet another 3, this time by Joel Gaw. This left LA with a major deficit to overcome, as they were down 51-37 to end the third.

The fourth quarter was about a complete contrast to the second and third quarters. Mostly, it gave LA fans a chance to see some reserve action. To make a long story short, time ran out on the Wildcats and they lost the game, 72-54.

Jackson County was led in scoring by Brandon Ward with 34 points. He was followed by Joseph Meadows with 14 points, and Joel Gaw with 12. Curtis Gribble scored 4 points, and Alex Cassety, Jared Hicks, and Devin Sullivan each scored 2.

The Wildcats were led in scoring by Jeff Aldridge with 14. He was followed in double figures by Joseph McGill with 11 points. Jesse Wolfram and Matt Reeder scored 7 and 6 points respectively, Jaime Gurley and Shawn Gray scored 5 points each, Wesley Puckett scored 3, Brian Colson scored 2, and Dustin Ferrell hit a free throw.

In Friday's game against Upperman, LA pretty much played the Jackson County game over again, except with different players on the other team.

LA came out hard against the Bees, who are the heavy favorite to win this year's district title. The Cats gave Upperman a hard row to hoe in the first quarter, jumping out to a 17-10 lead to end the frame.

In the second quarter, LA once again started off with a bang, this time in the form of a 3-pointer by Cody Sells. Then, LA's hopes were dashed by an 11-0 Upperman run, which allowed them to take a 1-point advantage over LA, 21-20. Each team then cooled down and traded shots for the rest of the half, with Upperman taking the halftime advantage, 32-29.

The third quarter was played as though only one team was on the floor, the Upperman Bees. They went on a huge scoring run to leave LA in the dust early in the quarter. Although LA made a few nice shots in the period, it was not enough to halt the paralyzing prowess of the Upperman offense. They outscored LA 33-12 in the third quarter to take a 65-41 advantage heading into the final stanza.

The fourth quarter was once again "a day late and a dollar short” time for the Wildcats as the Bees cushioned and padded their huge lead up to 31 points to end the game, 82-51.

Upperman was led in scoring by Adam Asberry with 17 points, followed by his brother, Alan Asberry, with 15 points. Wes Shanks scored 12 points.

LA was led in scoring by Joseph McGill with 10 points. He was followed by Brad West and Jeff Aldridge with 9 and 8 points respectively. Jaime Gurley, Cody Sells, and Matt Reeder each scored 5 points, Cody King, Shawn Gray, and Brian Colson scored 2 points apiece.

LA Coach Danny McCoin said, "In both games, we played a great first half and the opposing team would get hot in the second. The difference between the two games was that Upperman turned up their defensive play, which caused us to make a lot of turnovers.

"Hopefully, with time and experience, we'll be able to put four quarters together."

After hosting Cookeville on Tuesday, Feb. 12, the Cats will travel to Byrdstown on Friday, Feb. 15 to take on Pickett County's Bobcats in the last game of the regular season. Then, the LA Wildcats will compete in the District 7-AA Tournament held at Tennessee Tech's Hooper-Eblen Center beginning Tuesday, Feb. 19.

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