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Lady Cats close regular season with pair of wins
Wildcats close regular season against Cavs, Bobcats





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Lady Cats close regular season with pair of wins

By Dewain E. Peek, OCN staff


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Katrina Beechboard goes up for 2 of her team-leading 22 points scored against Cookeville's Lady Cavaliers.


After the previous week's battles with Jackson County and Upperman, the Lady Wildcats entered the regular season's denouement last week with games against Cookeville and Pickett County.

Lady Wildcats Coach Lesley Smith said, "We were concerned about playing Cookeville going in, because it is so hard to beat somebody four times."

The teams were once more closely matched in the Tuesday, Feb. 12 game at Livingston Academy.

The Lady Wildcats grabbed the lead 18-16 just before the end of the first period, and held on to a narrow 31-28 lead at half-time.

The Lady Cats continued to hold off the Lady Cavaliers in the third period to take a 44-38 lead into the fourth period. Despite the tenacious efforts of the visiting Cookeville team, LA held on to win 57-50.

"Jenna and Katrina really did a great job in that game offensively in that game, knowing when to shoot the three and when to penetrate, Coach Smith said.

"We just continued to play good defense, which we're going to have to for the rest of the season."

Katrina Beechboard led LA in scoring with 22 points, including two 3-pointers and 4 of 4 on free throws. Jenna Baltimore also scored in double figures with 18 points, including three 3-pointers and 5 free throws.

Also contributing in scoring were Stephanie Sullivan with 6 points, including 4 of 4 on free throws, Renee Melton and Jessica Leach each with 5 points, each including a free throw, and Christen Cates with a free throw.

Baltimore and Leach each had 4 assists, Megan Thompson had 2, and Melton, Sullivan, and Kellie Thurman each made an assist.

Leach and Melton each had 4 rebounds, Baltimore and Beechboard each had 3, Sullivan had 2, and Christen Cates, Thompson, and Thurman each had a rebound.

Beechboard had 4 steals, Baltimore had 2 steals, and Leach had a steal.

Sullivan blocked 2 shots, and Thurman blocked a shot.

The Lady Wildcats traveled to Byrdstown on Thursday, Feb. 14.

LA jumped ahead 16-4 in the first period and never looked back, leading 44-18 at half-time, 53-27 at the end of the third period, and winning 67-43.

Coach Smith said, "Jessica Leach probably had her best offensive game of the season against Pickett County.

"If we can get her scoring like that, at least being that aggressive, then that's going to make us a whole lot better. Because we've got Katrina scoring now, and Jenna scoring now, and if we can get Jessica scoring on the wing now along with the two post players, and the subs coming in, we're going to be hard to handle."

Leach led LA in scoring with 15 points, including two 3-pointers and 3 free throws, followed in double figures by Katrina Beechboard with 13 points, including 3 free throws.

Also contributing in the LA scoring were Kasey Baltimore with 8 points, including a 3-pointer and 3 free throws, Jenna Baltimore with 6 points from two 3-pointers, Whitney Sells with 5 points, including a 3-pointer, Renee Melton with 5 points, including 3 free throws, Stephanie Sullivan with 4 points, Kellie Thurman with 4 points, including 2 free throws, Christen Cates with 3 points, including a free throw, and Chelsie Stover and Megan Thompson each with 2 points.

Beechboard made 6 assists, Jenna Baltimore made 4 assists, Kasey Baltimore made 3 assists, Thompson and Sells each made 2 assists, and Leach and Stover each made an assist.

Leach, Beechboard, and Melton each had 4 rebounds, Cates, Thurman, and Sells each had 3 rebounds, Kasey Baltimore had 2 rebounds, and Sullivan, Thompson, and Kristen Hoover each had a rebound.

Thompson had 4 steals, Jenna Baltimore and Beechboard had 2 steals each, and Sullivan, Hoover, and Sells each had a steal.

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

Along with the end of the regular season came the naming of All-District 7-AA players.

Emily Christian of Upperman and Andrea Davidson of Jackson County were named Co-Most Valuable Players of District 7-AA.

Jackson County's Jim Brown was named District 7-AA Coach of the Year.

Livingston Academy had three players named to the All-District 7-AA 1st team seniors Jenna Baltimore and Stephanie Sullivan, and sophomore Katrina Beechboard.

Others on the 1st team are senior Amanda Austin and junior Kim Blankenship, both of Upperman, and junior Alyssa Bowman of Jackson County.

LA had two players named to the All-District 7-AA 3rd team seniors Jessica Leach and Renee Melton.

Leach was also named to the All-Defensive Team.

LA's Whitney Sells took Freshman of the Year honors.

The Lady Wildcats will begin play in the District 7-AA Tournament at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20 when they take on Smith County's Owlettes in Tennessee Tech's Hooper-Eblen Center.



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Wildcats close regular season against Cavs, Bobcats

By Ashley Hunter, OCN staff


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Joseph McGill puts up a shot for LA in Tuesday's home game against Cookeville.


This past week, the Living-ston Academy Wildcats have once again faced extremely tough adversaries and have once again failed to conquer them.

In the Tuesday, Feb. 12 home game against Cookeville's Cavaliers, Livingston ran with the pack a little while, but then fell behind in their Homecoming contest as Cookeville ran up the score to the point of no real LA comeback.

In the first quarter, the Wildcats ran the ball well and hit their shots. The only rough part about that was that the Cavaliers were doing the same thing. Every time Livingston would gain even the slightest advantage, Cookeville's Mario Burnett would pop a big shot. By the end of the first quarter, LA was on the losing end of the scoreboard, 24-17.

A 3-pointer by Jeff Aldridge and two free throws by Jaime Gurley brought LA to within 4 points with 5:22 to play in the second quarter. Livingston continued to persevere in the frame and brought the score back to within 2 a few possessions later.

That was as far as they got, though, as Cookeville continued to punish LA on both ends of the floor. At halftime, Cookeville had the lead over Livingston, 42-34.

In the third quarter, no major sign of an LA comeback could be found as Cookeville kept right on burying Livingston's chances of winning the game. A 3-pointer by Cookeville's Nathan Burks put Livingston down 13 points with a little over four minutes to play in the third quarter. The Cavaliers continued to pad their lead, moving up to a 17-point advantage to end the third quarter ahead of LA, 61-44.

Cookeville scored two straight buckets to begin the fourth quarter, and then the reserves began to play. The teams basically exchanged buckets in a lackadaisical fashion for the rest of the game as Cookeville took the win, 70-58.

The Cavaliers were led in scoring by Mario Burnett and Nathan Burks, who scored 16 apiece, and Jason Cobb, who scored 15 points. Todd Martin and Wade Wheaton scored 9 and 8 points respectively. Brian Dale, Bobby Allman, and Phillip Moore each scored 2 points.

Livingston was led in scoring by Joseph McGill with 19 points. Jeff Aldridge and Jesse Wolfram scored 14 and 10 points respectively. The rest of Livingston's scoring was a stepladder as Jaime Gurley scored 6, Brian Colson scored 5, and Shawn Gray scored 4 in the losing effort.

In the contest against Pickett County on Valentine's Day, the game quickly became less of a game and more of a "Let's see how many points one guy can score" party for Pickett County.

In the first quarter, the game was only competitive for a few moments as the score was tied at 4-4. Then, Nathan Aaron made his first of many 3-pointers that night. Livingston continued to stay behind the Bobcats by a respectable average of a 7-point deficit.

Then in the last few moments of the first quarter, Nathan Aaron hit a 3-pointer. On the next Pickett County possession, he popped yet another big 3. By the end of the first, Livingston found themselves down by 18 points at 32-14.

The second quarter opened with, quite predictably, another 3-pointer by Nathan Aaron. On Livingston's next possession, Joseph McGill converted on a 3-point play. That was quickly overshadowed by another 3 by Nathan Aaron.

Livingston began to show a little stellar play of their own, as Jeff Aldridge, Jesse Wolfram, and Joseph McGill each shot 3-pointers to go on an 11-2 run to end the half and cut Pickett County's lead to 16 at 48-32.

The first points of the third quarter came from a 3-pointer by Pickett County. This time it wasn't Nathan Aaron. They had other guys that can handle the ball too. In this case, it was Justin Wright knocking down the big bucket.

Aaron still continued to get his shots in the third quarter, including a 3-pointer and a 3-point foul attempt. By this time, no one was keeping up with the score, just Nathan Aaron's individual score sheet. Anyway, it wasn't pretty for LA to end the third frame, as they were losing 72-44.

The fourth quarter started with another Nathan Aaron 3-pointer. Although this is the part of the game where everyone sits down the starters and waits for the time to run out, Pickett County elected to leave Nathan Aaron in to let him try for the school record.

It didn't take too long as he knocked a few down, including a 3, to give him the new Pickett County High School record for most points scored in a game with 58 points. When time ran out on the game, Aaron scored almost as many points as the entire Livingston team, as the Bobcats took the win 100-61.

Much overshadowed by Aaron's 58 points was a great night from LA's Joseph McGill, who scored 22 points in the loss.

All three Livingston Academy seniors were named All-District in the 7-AA division with Jeff Aldridge on the second team, Joseph McGill on the third team, and Jesse Wolfram listed as an Honorable Mention.

The next action comes for the Wildcats this Wednesday night, Feb. 20 at Tennessee Tech's Hooper-Eblen Center at 8 p.m. as they take on #3 seed Jackson County.


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