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Cats fall to Cavs, thwart Dragons
Lady Cats fell two strong foes
Wildcats settle for 1-1 split in Cumberland Classic





Cats fall to Cavs, thwart Dragons



Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff

Wilson Cates lofts a shot in Tuesday's loss to Cookeville.


After coming off of a split in the Cumberland Classic, Livingston Academy's Wildcats were ready to take a bite out of the Cavs in their home game against Cookeville on Tuesday, Dec. 3. The Cats would have taken their rightful chomps had the basketball goal complied with their well-laid scheme.

Coach Danny McCoin believed his team just wasn't meant to win against the Cookeville Cavaliers, as they found themselves positioned well behind the Cavs throughout the contest.

"We couldn't put the ball in the basket, he said. "It was like it had a lid on it in the first half.

LA trailed 11-16 at the end of the first period, then was outscored 13-7 in the second for a halftime deficit at 18-29.

In the third quarter, the Wildcats stayed with the Cavs, with 12 points to the Cookeville squad's 14. The Cats outscored the visitors 20-16 in the final frame, but it wasn't enough. LA fell 50-59.

"The second half was a little bit better. Jamie (Gurley) played better in the second half, and we got a few more points. But we were playing catch-up all night."

Cookeville was led in scoring by Blake Weaver with 20 points, followed by Mario Burnette with 19.

Wilson Cates led the LA attack with 18 points, followed by Gurley with 12, Cody King with 6, Matt Reeder with 4, Kyle Copeland and Dustin Ferrell with 3 each, and Shawn Gray and Brian Colson with 2 each.

The contest against York Institute on Friday, Dec. 6 was nearly a polar opposite performance by the Cats, with Livingston taking the role of the proverbial knight in shining armor, combating the diabolical Dragons in an early-season game which more closely resembled a Renaissance fair.

"We kind of took charge early," Coach McCoin said. "The score was eight points at half time, and we kind of felt good about ourselves. They were always within striking distance."

After Livingston built up a double-digit lead in the third frame, York reared their scaley heads once more, but were ultimately vanquished by the Wildcats 87-66.

"They came back and battled hard, and cut it to 6," Coach McCoin said. "Then we weathered that storm and we kicked it back up to 20 points."

Gurley was on fire for the Wildcats, throwing down 29 points in the victory. Freshman Cates chipped in with 15, while Reeder scored 12 of his own.

Coach McCoin drew no comparisons between the two games, with his Wildcats forcing turnovers galore in the victory being a big reason why.

"The biggest difference in that game was our press, he said. "I think we wore them out. We got a lot of turnovers off of our press, and we got some easy baskets. And when you can get that, it makes your offense look awful good."

The win against York vaulted LA back up to .500, but the road ahead is long and full of quality opponents, as Coach McCoin illustrated.

"We're tickled to be 2-2," he said. "We've got a tough week coming up, but right now, I'm happy with where we're at."

After traveling to Crossville to play the Cumberland County Jets on Tuesday, Dec. 10, Livingston Academy will host the Lions of Cannon County on Friday, Dec. 13. The following night, the Cats will travel to Sparta to take on the White County Warriors, then LA will host the Tigers of DeKalb County on Tuesday, Dec. 17.



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Lady Cats fell two strong foes


Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff

Livingston Academy junior Megan Thompson, #11, buys time for her Lady Wildcats teammates to get into position during the Tuesday, Dec. 3 win over the Lady Cavaliers.


It was a week loaded with excitement for the Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats basketball team.

They began with a win Tuesday night, Dec. 3 in a very close one against Cookeville's Lady Cavaliers. Then, the team continued to spice it up on Friday Dec. 6 with a big win over York Institute.

In the game against Cooke-ville, edge-of-your-seat action was the order of the day, as the game went into overtime play.

The game began with some bucket exchanging. Then, LA junior Katrina Beechboard hit a 3-pointer to give the Lady Cats a 5-3 lead over the Cavaliers. The Lady Wildcats continued to build up points and hold Cookeville scoreless to create a 7 point lead.

The Cavs came back to score 7 straight points, though, and tie the score at 10 to end the first quarter.

Cookeville opened the second quarter with intensity, continuing to hold Livingston scoreless. Cookeville went up 19-10, then another 3, this time by junior Kellie Thurman put LA back on the scoring track. LA built their points back, and more, but Cookeville continued to put points up as well. Therefore, at the end of the half, the score was tied again, 24-24.

Back-to-back 3-pointers by Cookeville's Ashley Taylor made the opening portion of the third quarter a pleasant one for the Cavaliers. Cookeville continued to hit their shots and outscored Livingston 18-11 in the third quarter.

Livingston didn't give up, though, and in the fourth quarter, they gave Cookeville a run for their money. The Lady Cats started making shots and containing Cookeville's offense.

The game was nip and tuck going into the final seconds. A Beechboard free throw tied the score at 66, and put the game into overtime.

In OT, Cookeville started out with the lead, but it didn't last for long. Beechboard hit a 3-pointer and Kasey Baltimore knocked in the game-winning shot to give LA a 73-70 win.

Cookeville was led in scoring by Cara Reed with 26 points. She was followed by Taylor with 23 points, Meredith Redus with 7 points, Ashley Martin with 6 points, McDonald with 4 points, Talent with 2 points, and Allen with 2 points.

Livingston Academy was led in scoring by Beechboard with 31 points. Beechboard was 8 of 14 from the free throw line and hit three 3-pointers. She was followed by Megan Thompson with 10 points. Thompson was 2 of 3 from the line.

Christen Cates had 9 points in the contest. Thurman and Baltimore each scored 8 points. April Handy scored 6 points, and Haley Mullins added a point in the contest.

LA was led in assists by Beechboard and Thompson, each with 3. Cates, Baltimore, Thrasher, and Hoover each had an assist.

Beechboard also led LA in rebounds, pulling down 5. She was followed by Mullins with 4. Cates, Baltimore, Thompson, and Handy each had 3 rebounds. Thurman and Thrasher had 2, and Sells had 1 to round out rebounding.

The only blocks to report were those of Thurman, who had 2. Six steals were made by Beechboard. Cates, Thompson, and Thrasher each had 2 steals. Thurman and Mullins each had a steal.

Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats Coach Lesley Smith said, "It was a fun one. Both teams played great. There were lots of runs, but that's what happens when two good teams play.

"Cookeville is known for their great defense. We only had two turnovers in the second half.

"Our defensive pressure made the difference. From baseline to baseline, we put a lot of pressure on them, and made them take a lot of difficult shots."

Livingston continued to showcase winning talent in the game against York Institute on Friday, Dec. 6, as they took the win, 66-45. You wouldn't have guessed it from the first half stat book, though.

The game began with a fruit basket turnover exchanging fest. It remained this way throughout the first quarter and York ended up leading 9-8 after one period. It continued to remain the same way early in the second quarter, as the score was tied at 13, 18, 19, and 23. Livingston came out on top at halftime, though, 26-23.

LA came back in the third quarter and started making a team that looked like giants in the first half look like a grade-school second-string squad. They started hitting shots and defending more of York's. They continued to keep it up and led 42-33 going into the fourth quarter.

Rather than giving up and taking a more relaxed attitude in the fourth quarter, LA continued to keep up a strong intensity, getting steals on defense and throwing down lots of offense. Toward the end of the game, Livingston did get a chance to show some depth, playing backups Krista Clinard, Brittany Ray, and Allison Medley. At game's end, the Lady Cats left Jamestown with a runaway train victory, 66-45.

York was led in scoring by Brandi Brown and Kristen Ross with 16 and 12 points, respectively. Qualls, Pierce, Allred, and Bethany Ross each had 4 points. Tara Asberry scored 1 point in the contest.

Livingston was led in scoring by Beechboard with 15 points. Thompson and Baltimore each scored 12 points. Whitney Sells scored 7, Handy scored 6, Thurman scored 5, Clinard scored 4, Cates scored 2, Mullins scored 2, and Hoover scored 1 to round out LA scoring.

Coach Smith said, "We played passively in the first half. I don't think the girls understood that York is a much-improved team and they have some young players that make them a good team.

"Even though we were up by 3, we realized that we needed to go out there and play.

"In the second half, we picked up defensive intensity, forced turnovers, and created offense with our defense.

"Kasey Baltimore and Megan Thompson had great games. Whitney Sells also came off the bench and did a great job."

Following the away game on Tuesday, Dec. 10 against Cumberland County, Livingston Academy will host the Lady Lions of Cannon County on Friday, Dec. 13, then travel to White County to take on the Warrior-ettes the following day. The Lady Wildcats will then host the Lady Tigers of DeKalb County on Tuesday, Dec. 17.



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