Wildcats tame Tigers in district game
Lady Cats win easily over Lady Tigers
Wildcats tame Tigers in
By KEVIN BURMEISTER, OCN staff
Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff
Cody Sells puts up a free throw for the Wildcats in last week's
win over the visting DeKalb County Tigers.
After coming off their first winning streak of the year through
wins against Cannon and White County, Livingston drooled at the
chance to make it three straight in their home game against DeKalb
County on Tuesday, Dec. 17.
The opportunity instantly proved to be more than a proverbial dangling
carrot when Jamie Gurley threw down a thundering dunk on the first
shot of the game. Gurley continued to light up the home crowd throughout
the night, as he authored yet another strong performance, finishing
with 26 points.
With a narrow halftime score of 27-25, Coach Danny McCoin believed
a suspect defense needed to be remedied before the Wildcats could
stake their claim on the Tigers.
"I felt like the kids could turn their intensity up a little
bit, and we did," he said.
"In the third quarter it showed. Our press started working.
We got to them and caused them to make some turnovers and make some
Livingston finished strong in the second half, bolstering their
defense to give the visitors little chance at stealing a win. By
the time the buzzer had sounded, the Cats still retained a 7-point
lead, winning 76-69.
Once again, Livingston Academy depended on Gurley's colossal production,
which of late has not been limited to his scoring prowess. Coach
McCoin believes Gurley has shown his well-rounded play all this
season, and has contributed in multiple areas.
"Right now he's our man," he said. "I mean, we're
just on his back.
"We're all playing good, but of course Jamie's our leader
right now. Jamie's just kind of got it going, and is playing real
good. He's definitely our on-the-floor leader, and we're just following
"It's not just scoring," he continued. "He's doing
so many other things. He's passing the ball to other kids, and rebounding,
and playing good defense."
The win pushed the Wildcats to a 5-3 record.
After playing in the Papa John's Classic in Bardstown, KY, the
Wildcats will play this week in the Livingston Jaycees Tournament,
beginning with an 8 p.m. game Thursday, Dec. 26 against Station
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Lady Cats win
easily over Lady Tigers
By ASHLEY HUNTER, OCN staff
Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff
Allison Medley moves around the DeKalb County defense while looking
for an open teammate.
The Livingston Academy girls basketball team won a gargantuan victory
over the DeKalb County Lady Tigers on Tuesday night, Dec. 17. The
Lady Wildcats' record moved to 5-3 overall and 3-0 in district play.
In the first quarter, the Livingston offense worked so well it
seemed the other team wasn't even there, and LA was having a 3-point
shootout. The Lady Cats hit six threes in the first quarter alone.
Following a game-opening 2-pointer by Kasey Baltimore, a Megan
Thompson three opened up the barrage of 3-point shooting. She proceeded
to hit another three a couple of trips down the floor later. This
opened up a big can of worms for LA, but not earthworms – good-tasting
The rest of the team got into the 3-point clinic. Katrina Beechboard
hit a three, Baltimore hit a three, and then Beechboard hit two
To top it all off, though, four minutes hadn't even passed in the
game yet and LA had taken a 26-6 lead. The Lady Cats continued to
press the Tigers and took a 28-9 lead to end the first quarter.
The rest of the game allowed the crowd to see members of the Lady
Wildcats varsity squad who generally don't see too much action.
Krista Clinard ran the point for LA for most of the game, and action
was also seen by Brittany Ray, Allison Medley, and Whitney Hill.
Livingston continued to expand the lead faster than a belt loosens
after Christmas dinner. By halftime, the LA advantage was up to
27 points, 42-15.
The third quarter proved to be more of the same. It seemed DeKalb
County's morale was shot in the third quarter, and, although they
were still in it and scoring, they didn't seem to have the "eye
of the tiger” or any other Sylvester Stallone-like desires to win.
As the third quarter drew to a close and the fans were out getting
more popcorn, LA led by 39 at 58-19.
No big fourth-quarter comeback was in the offing for DeKalb County,
just more LA scoring. At the end of the game, Livingston Academy
had won 66-32.
DeKalb County was led in scoring by Heather Jeffries, with 10
points. She was followed by Amy Adkins, who scored 9 points. Kaitlin
Robinson scored 4 points. Kristin Hale scored 3 points. Sherry Davis,
Stephanie Lester, and Jessica Ingram each scored 2 points.
Livingston was led in scoring by Katrina Beechboard with 13 points.
All of these points were scored in about the first four minutes
of the ball game. She was followed by Kellie Thurman and April Handy,
who each scored 8 points, Megan Thompson, Krista Clinard, and Haley
Mullins, all scoring 6 points apiece, and Kasey Baltimore and Whitney
Sells, who each scored 5 points. Christen Cates, Kristin Hoover,
and Allison Medley all scored 3 points in the contest. Lady Wildcats
Coach Lesley Smith said, "We had a great offensive burst in
the first quarter. Our offense was just clicking. We hit six threes
in the first quarter; that's usually what we hit in a whole game.
"DeKalb County is a really young team in a tough district.
It was a good time for our young ones to play a lot. Krista, our
point guard, had a good game. She really took care of the ball.
Haley Mullins also had a really good game."
Following, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) tournament
in Farragut, held December 20-22, the Lady Wildcats will play in
the Jaycees Invitational Tournament. LA will open the Jaycees Tournament
against Dobyns Bennett at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, then will
play Oliver Springs at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, and finish up
against Clarkrange at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28.
The regular season will resume on January 10 in a home game against
defending state champion Jackson County.
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