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Lady Wildcats take two wins, lose one
Wildcats torch net, extinguish Lions and Warriors
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Lady Wildcats take two wins, lose one



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 game.

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 Lionettes.

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 to win."

In the game against White County on Saturday, Dec. 14, Livingston opened the game playing really well, jumping out to a quick 11-3 lead.

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 apiece.

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 to do."

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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Wildcats torch net, extinguish Lions and Warriors


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 short."

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 said.

"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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Holiday Running


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, and Mississippi.




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