Lady Wildcats take two wins, lose one
Wildcats torch net, extinguish Lions and Warriors
Lady Wildcats take two
wins, lose one
By KEVIN BURMEISTER, OCN staff
Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff
Katrina Beechboard, #3, and Megan Thompson, #11, close in on a
Lionette in Friday's win over Cannon County.
The Livingston Academy girls basketball team continued to kick
rear and take names, as they beat both Cumberland County and Cannon
County this past week. They also lost a tough contest to White County
last Saturday, Dec. 14. Their record now stands at 4-3 overall and
2-0 in district play.
In the game against Cumberland County on Tuesday, Dec. 10, Livingston
started off playing very well against a clever foe. The first quarter
included 3-point shots by both LA's Katrina Beechboard and Megan
Thompson. Some good shots by Cumberland County toward the end of
the first quarter made the Livingston Academy lead diminish to just
3 points at 17-14.
In the second quarter, Livingston exploded, yes, I said exploded,
with good play. It seemed as though everyone on the Lady Wildcats
team was on the same page of the same book, working like a well-oiled
machine. Livingston outscored Cumberland County 21-12 in the quarter,
increasing their lead to 38-26 at halftime.
The Lady Jets were not to be left at the terminal, though, as they
had some explosions of their own to carry off in the third quarter.
They came back to outscore Livingston 17-9 in the period, coming
out with a renewed vigor that hadn't previously been seen in the
Going into the fourth quarter, LA led by only 4 points, 47-43.
From then on, it was a fiery fruit basket turnover exchange between
the two teams. The buckets traded faster than the cash for milk
and bread at the grocery store before snow comes. Beechboard hit
a last-second shot and Livingston won the game by 2 points, 64-62.
The Lady Jets were led in scoring by Amanda Harville, with 13.
She was followed by Kasha Foster, with 11, Stacy Beaty, with 10,
Hollingsworth with 9, Oakes with 8, Hood with 6, Williams with 4,
and DeLorenzo with 1.
Livingston Academy was led in scoring by Beechboard with 20 points.
Kellie Thurman was next in line with 14 points. Thompson and Kasey
Baltimore each scored 9 points. Christen Cates and April Handy each
scored 6 points in the contest.
Livingston Academy Head Coach Lesley Smith said, "In the first
half, we played the best offense and defense we have all season.
"Then, Cumberland County got on a roll and probably played
the best offense and defense that they've played all season. We
were ahead by 16, and they cut it back.
"We just managed to get it down the stretch and Katrina hit
the last-second shot. It was just a game of two really good teams."
In the home game against Cannon County on Friday, Dec. 13, it
was a lucky one for Livingston as they took a 77-63 win over the
The first quarter was all about runs. LA started off with a 7-3
lead, then Cannon County went on a scoring run to lead the Lady
Wildcats by a score of 19-12. Livingston then played a superb game
on both ends of the court to cut the lead back to 2 to end the first
quarter down 1 at 22-21.
Livingston returned to the ways of winning in the second quarter,
outscoring the Lionettes 15-1 in the first 5 minutes of the second
frame, boosting the score to 36-30.
They continued to press Cannon County defensively and capitalize
offensively to take a 43-38 halftime lead. After that, it was more
of what makes Livingston Academy a good team, everyone stepping
up to bat. Kellie Thurman played a sensational game, knocking down
threes and playing hard at both ends of the court.
In the fourth quarter, Beechboard went down with a twisted ankle.
Livingston continued to play well, though, going on 13-5 run to
end the game, 77-63.
Cannon County was led in scoring by Olivia Snyder with 19 points.
She was followed by Ashley Nichols with 16 points. Shelly Sullins
and Ashley Hayes each scored 5 points.
Livingston Academy was led in scoring by Thurman with 22 points,
followed by Cates, with 15 points. Next in line was Thompson, who
knocked in 14 for the Lady Cats. Beechboard and Baltimore scored
10 and 7 points, respectively. Kristin Hoover scored 4 points, Whitney
Sells scored 3 points, Danielle Thrasher and Handy each scored 2
points to round out LA scoring.
Coach Smith said, "They are one of the best defensive teams
we play against. We had 11 players play and everyone played great.
"Kellie Thurman had the best game of her career.
"Friday's game was a district contest and a big one for us
In the game against White County on Saturday, Dec. 14, Livingston
opened the game playing really well, jumping out to a quick 11-3
White County, thanks to good offensive play, came back to cut the
lead back to 3 to end the first quarter, 14-11.
The second quarter was a little different story, as White County
came to play, taking the lead away from LA by popping big shots.
The half ended with White County coming back to lead by 4 points
at halftime, 28-24.
In the third quarter, it was all Warriorettes. They scored almost
every time they had the ball. It didn't help the Wildcats much that
every time Warrior Natalie Anderson got the ball, White County seemed
to either score some more points on the board or have her on the
line, which usually resulted in points, anyway. The Sparta team
outscored LA 13-8 in the third quarter alone.
Even though the deficit was small enough to overcome, and Beechboard
was trying her hardest, still feeling the injury from the previous
night's game versus Cannon County, the deficit was too much to overcome
and fouling did not help, as White County took the win, 59-45.
White County was led in scoring by Natalie Anderson with 21 points.
Amanda Lewis was next with 14 points. April Hickcock scored 9 points.
Brittany Farley was next with 6 points. Brooke Sunday scored 3 points.
Samantha Hickey, Brittany King, and Hannah Hacker all scored 2 points
Livingston Academy was led in scoring by Beechboard with 15 points.
She was followed by Cates with 8 points. Thompson and Sells each
scored 5 points. Thurman, Hoover, and Baltimore each scored 4 points.
Coach Smith said, "Katrina still wasn't back to 100 percent,
and Megan Thompson was sick. We were a little handicapped, but didn't
play too well either.
"Sparta is really physical. They took us out of what we wanted
Following Tuesday's home game against the Lady Tigers of DeKalb
County, the Lady Wildcats will travel to Farragut to play in the
JDRF tournament Friday, Dec. 20 through Sunday, Dec. 22.
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net, extinguish Lions and Warriors
By KEVIN BURMEISTER, OCN staff
Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff
Cody King, #12, looks for an open Livingston Academy teammate
to pass the ball to in Friday’s victory.
Livingston Academy kicked off a bustling week in boys hoops when
they hit the road on Tuesday, Dec. 10, to take on Cumberland County.
The game featured an offensive explosion from senior Jamie Gurley,
who poured in 37 points. But the hurculean production from the Wildcat
senior was defamed by a second half score-fest by the Jets, who
withstood Gurley's onslaught, surviving 75-68.
Livingston began what was to become a week-long trend in knocking
home 8 three-pointers in the loss.
Head Wildcat Danny McCoin believed that, even in defeat, his team
deserved kudos on a respectable showing.
"We played real good against Crossville," he said. "We
were up there, and Crossville's a good team. I was happy with the
way we played.
"They went through a little spurt in the third quarter where
they made a bunch of threes, and we kind of went cold. And that
was pretty much the difference in the game.
"We played a good ball game, we just came up a little bit
On Friday, Dec. 13, Livingston hosted Cannon County's Lions in
a tight game. The match was far from typical, as many starters found
themselves in foul trouble early on. But even after emptying the
bench, LA boasted a 9-point lead at the half.
Cannon County fought back after the break, but couldn't come up
with enough juice on offense to beat down the resilient Wildcats,
who came out on top, riding the exceptional bench production on
offense, to bring down the Lions, 66-63.
Gurley led LA in scoring with 15 points, followed closely by freshman
Wilson Cates, who popped in 14 points, and Kyle Copeland, who scored
9. Livingston scored all of nine 3-point field goals, silencing
the Lions' roar into little more than a petty meow.
"We did some good things at the end of the game to win,"
said Coach McCoin. "We kind of pulled away and then we let
Cannon back in it, but then we held on.
"We did good; we played pretty good."
White County played host to the Wildcats on Saturday, Dec. 14
in another tight game. Livingston proved to be a worthy foe, and
had their cornucopia of 3-pointers serve as their only offensive
output, narrowly ousting the Warriors, winning 45-44.
As indicated by the final score, this rather point-impaired contest
fits nicely into the oft-quoted phrase of ‘a defensive battle'.
But despite being the ugly duckling that it was, the game featured
a fantastic finish, when sophomore Brad West nailed a trey in the
final minutes to put the Cats up for good.
"That game was an ugly game," McCoin said. "We never
quite got into our tempo, but at the end of the game when we needed
to make big plays, Wilson had a big steal, and Jamie had a big 2-pointer,
and of course, Brad had the three. So when it came time to make
some big plays, we did."
Gurley once again led the way in scoring, this time throwing down
19 on the Warrior defense. Cates scored 10 in the win, along with
West's 8 points, 3 of which sealed the Wildcat victory.
Nailing boatloads of three-pointers is becoming indicative of the
Wildcats, causing the three ball to become an integral aspect of
the Livingston scoring attack.
"We shoot the ball pretty well from the outside," Coach
McCoin said. "We've got several people who can shoot. The three
is definitely going to be a big part of our offense."
Despite the spectacular play from the bench this past week, Livingston
Academy has been hauled through the majority of their schedule quite
squarely upon the senior shoulders of Jamie Gurley, and Coach McCoin
believes that he is a big reason why Livingston rose to a 4-3 mark
during last week's play. "He's been playing great," he
"He's been carrying us. He's our leader on the court right
now, and we've just kind of jumped on his back. He's playing awesome.
You can't ask for much more than Jamie Gurley."
Following their Tuesday, Dec. 17 home game against DeKalb County,
Livingston will make the trek to Bardstown, KY, to compete in the
Papa John's Classic, which begins on Thursday, Dec. 19.
The Cats will take on Bethlehem in the fourth game of the classic.
Whoever comes out on top will go on to play against the winner of
game three, which pits Holy Cross against Newport Central Catholic.
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Local runners participate in Turkey Trot
Local runners who participated in the Turkey Trot held in Cookeville
on Thanksgiving Day are, from left, Colin Smith – 1st place in male
under 19, Christopher Looper, Luke Starnes – overall winner with
a time of 17:55, 7 year-old Adam Oliver – 123 of 178 runners with
a time of 39:55, Darren Oliver, Ken Dodson, Casey Ledbetter, Anita
Burnett – 2nd place in 45-49 age group, and Lynn Burnett – 1st place
in 45-49 age group. Local runners not pictured are John Turnbull
– 2nd place in 30-34 age group, Mark Gore – 2nd place in 25-29 age
group, and Jim Evans.
Reindeer Stampede held at Standing Stone State Park
The annual Reindeer Stampede was held at Standing Stone State Park
on Saturday, Dec. 7. Lance Winders, #15, was the overall winner,
with a finish time of 35:12. Overall female winner was Jenifer Segovia,
#82, with a finish time of 40:21. One of the eldest runners was
78 year-old Kaul Fincher of Cookeville. The Reindeer Stampede had
participants from all over Tennessee and some from Kentucky, Indiana,
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