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Wildcats start season with Hall of Fame game
Cats take two losses at Martin Classic
Wildcats settle for 1-1 split in Cumberland Classic

 

 

 

 

Wildcats settle for split in Classic

By KEVIN BURMEISTER, OCN staff

Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff

Livingston Academy’s Jamie Gurley puts in some serious hang time with a dunk against White County last Friday.

Livingston Academy came into the Cumberland County Classic with a preseason chip on its shoulder after last week's tough loss in the opener against Celina. But the Cats had a whole week to regroup, and went after the Warriors full-force in the Friday, Nov. 29 contest.

After battling White County tooth and nail for most of the game, the Wildcats found themselves in bit of a hole, down by 4 with less than 2 minutes to play in the game.

Coach Danny McCoin said, "We didn't panic. We came down and Brad West hit a big three."

After another Wildcat bucket, the game fell squarely upon the sophomore shoulders of Brian Colson.

"(He) hit a big free-throw at the end, to help us seal the victory," McCoin said. Leading the Cats in scoring was sophomore Matt Reeder with 14, followed closely by Jamie Gurley, who knocked in 10 points, and freshman Brandon Matthews, who scored 7.

Coach McCoin was satisfied with the performance of his young team in the growling, and possibly drooling, face of adversity.

"The biggest thing was composure," he said of his team's 46-44 victory.

Coach McCoin believed his team drew many intangibles from their win against White County.

"It gives our young kids confidence," he said, "first of all, that they can win, and second of all, that they can win a close situation in a tight game. So those are the two big factors."

The Cats took the court the following day against Campbell County, GA. The Wildcats felt the weight of turkey in their bellies, and took a loss to the out-of-state foes, falling 80-51.

Freshman Wilson Cates led all Livingston scorers with 15 points.

Despite the large loss, Coach McCoin insisted his team could find solace in the fact that significant improvement had come their way.

"We are getting better gradually. I've said the whole time that we are freshmen and sophomores with a couple of seniors mixed in. And they're getting more comfortable on the floor.

"They're getting where the jitterbugs are leaving them a little bit more."

Livingston looked to officially shove off the 2002-2003 season against the Cavaliers's of Cookeville on Tuesday, Dec. 3, followed by an away game against the Dragons of York Institute on Friday, Dec. 6.

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Cats take two losses at Martin Classic
By ASHLEY HUNTER, OCN staff

The Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats basketball team got warmed up for this year's campaign with some preseason action in the Thankgiving Classic at Martin on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 29-30.

The Lady Cats played and lost games against two very good teams – Dyersburg and Briar-crest. Dyersburg is a consistently high-ranked team in West Tennessee, and Briarcrest is the number one private school team in the state.

Lady Wildcats Coach Lesley Smith said of the games, "It wasn't all that bad. We learned a lot about ourselves and learned a lot of things that we can work on."

In the game against Dyers-burg, Livingston only scored 16 points in the first half. Despite a second half comeback and more scoring, Livingston still lost the game, 49-43.

Junior Katrina Beechboard led LA in scoring with 20 points.

The game against Briarcrest also went sour. A slow start and a bad finish scoringwise hurt the Lady Cats' chances in this game. Beechboard again led the Lady Cats in scoring, this time with 14 points in the contest.

Following the season opener on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at home against the Lady Cavaliers of Cookeville, the Lady Cats will travel to Jamestown on Friday, Dec. 6 to face the Lady Dragons of York Institute.

Livingston Academy is considered very much a contender this season. The team is ranked number five in The Tennessean's Midstate Top Ten poll.

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Wildcats settle for 1-1 split in Cumberland Classic
By KEVIN BURMEISTER, OCN staff

Livingston Academy came into the Cumberland County Classic with a pre-season chip on its shoulder after last week’s tough loss in the opener against Celina. But the Cats had a whole week to regroup, and went after the Warriors full-force in the Thursday, Nov. 29 contest.

After battling White County tooth and nail for most of the game, the Wildcats found themselves in bit of a hole, down by 4 with less than 2 minutes to play in the game.

Coach Danny McCoin said, "We didn't panic. We came down and Brad West hit a big three."

After another Wildcat bucket, the game fell squarely upon the sophomore shoulders of Brian Colson.

"[He] hit a big free-throw at the end, to help us seal the victory," McCoin said.

Leading the Cats in scoring was sophomore Matt Reeder with 14, followed closely by Jamie Gurley, who knocked in 10 points, and freshman Brandon Matthews, who scored 7.

Coach McCoin was satisfied with the performance of his young team in the growling, and possibly drooling, face of adversity.

"The biggest thing was composure," he said of his team's 46-44 victory.

Coach McCoin believed his team drew many intangibles from their win against White County.

"It gives our young kids confidence," he said, "first of all, that they can win, and second of all, that they can win a close situation, in a tight game. So those are the two big factors."

The Cats took the court the following day against Campbell County, GA. The Wildcats felt the weight of turkey in their bellies, and took a loss to the out-of-state foes, falling 80-51.

Freshman Wilson Cates led all Livingston scorers with 15 points.

Despite the large loss, Coach McCoin insisted his team could find solace in the fact that significant improvement has come their way.

"We are getting better gradually. I've said the whole time that we are freshmen and sophomores with a couple of seniors mixed in. And they’re getting more comfortable on the floor.

"They're getting where the jitter-bugs are leaving them a little bit more."

Livingston looked to officially shove off the 2002-2003 season against the Cavailier's of Cookeville on Tuesday, Dec. 3, followed by an away game against the Dragons of York Institue on Friday, Dec. 6.

 

 

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