Cats fall to Cavs,
Lady Cats start slow, finish strong against Yorks
Cats fall to Cavs,
Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff
Livingston Academy's Brad West steps up to the line to shoot
after a technical foul was called on Cookeville fans who decorated
the gymnasium with a blizzard of toilet paper after a Cavalier player
scored the first basket of the game early in the first quarter.
By LYNDON JOHNSON, OCN staff
The LA Wildcats boys basketball squadron seems to be having its
troubles. With, according to Coach Danny McCoin, "no excuses"
for doing so, the Cats have dropped two more games in the past week.
The first came at Cookeville on Tuesday, Dec. 2.
After several swaps of possession between the two teams, Cookeville
scored early in the first quarter, to which the Cookeville fans
responded with a blizzard of the toilet paper variety. As a result,
a technical foul was called on the Cavaliers, and Brad West went
to the line.
After that, the Cats and Cavs traded the lead a time or two, LA
trailing at 7-11 at the end of the first.
Cookeville went on to increase its lead in the second quarter,
outpacing the Wildcats by 8 points at halftime.
After the half, Livingston quietly started mounting a comeback,
scoring 12 points in the third quarter to the Cavaliers' 14. LA
even outscored the Cavs in the fourth quarter by 3 points, scoring
21 in the final swan song. End result: Livingston Academy 50, Cookeville
High School 61.
"We played a good fourth quarter," McCoin said, "but
we didn't shoot well the first half. The shooting woes continued
The second of the Livingston losses came on Friday, Dec. 5 in the
Wildcats' first home game of the season versus arch-rival York Institute's
The game started quite slowly, with only 12 points scored between
the Dragons and Wildcats by the end of the first quarter.
In the second, York found its stride, scoring 21 points and holding
LA to 5 of its own to lead at halftime 26-12.
After the half, LA again started playing hardball, but not before
York displayed a brief continuation of the pummelling it had been
giving in the previous half of play, leading by 30-14 at one point.
LA cut the lead in fairly quick order, closing to within 3 at
the end of the third to make the score 37-34 Dragons going into
the proverbial eleventh hour.
The fourth was a see-saw battle betwixt the rivals, though York
managed to lead most of it. Early in the fourth, Livingston closed
to within a point (48-47) only to be outscored for the ensuing couple
of minutes of gameplay.
The Cats rallied with a 3-pointer from the hands of Wilson Cates,
which he followed with a point as a result of a Dragon foul.
It all came down to a tie ballgame situation at 56 points apiece
with 8 seconds on the board. A York player was fouled on an attempted
(and missed) layup at the buzzer, sending him to the line with the
game's outcome on his shoulders.
Possibly the pressure got to him, as he missed the first of his
two shots, but would make the second (to the cheers of a much relieved
York squad) to let the Dragons take home the victory by a single
"Our first half, we couldn't throw it in the ocean,"
McCoin said in regard to Livingston's low shot percentage.
"The second half, we just exploded. We kind of got in our
routine. We played a great second half. That's the best half of
basketball we've played all year."
He went on to remark that his team allowed only one (that's right,
one!) turnover during the entire game.
The Wildcats will get their chance for redeeming victory twice
in the coming week, facing Cannon County in the Lion's Den on Friday,
Dec. 12, and then coming home to face White County High School on
Saturday, Dec. 13.
Asked what he is worried about with the opponents ahead, McCoin
said, "We're concerned more with us than we are the other team.
If we can get the shooting woes out of our system...I think wins
and losses will take care of themselves."
Lady Cats start slow,
finish strong against York
Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff
Katrina Beechboard drives in for a shot against Cookeville's
Lady Cavaliers in the Lady Wildcats' Tuesday, Dec. 2 road win. Beechboard
led in LA scoring with 20 points.
By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN staff
A sluggish start ended with a commanding win Friday night, Dec.
5 for the Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats.
Unforced floor mistakes marred the first period for the Lady Wildcats,
yet the Livingston team managed to take a 19-14 lead over the visiting
York Institute Lady Dragons at the end of the first frame, led by
the inspired play of Kellie Thurman.
The Lady Dragons, despite having a missing (wo)man on the court
and another feeling under the weather, kept pressure on the home
team until they broke into the lead at half-time 36-33.
After back-and-forth scoring to begin the third quarter, the Lady
Cats gained control and charged to a 53-43 lead by the end of the
period. A spent York Institute team barely fought back in the fourth
period, and fell to Livingston 72-60.
Kellie Thurman redeemed a couple of early floor mistakes by scoring
23 points in the game, including three 3-pointers and 8 free throws.
Teammate Katrina Beechboard also scored 23 points, including a 3-pointer
and 2 free throws. Megan Thompson also scored in double figures
with 11 points, including two 3-pointers and 3 free throws.
Also instrumental in the Lady Cats' win were Kasey Baltimore with
9 points, including a 3-point goal and 2 free throws, and April
Handy with 6 points.
Earlier in the week, the Lady Wildcats travelled to Cookeville
to face the Class AAA Cookeville Lady Cavaliers. In another Livingston-Cookeville
defensive display, the teams crossed swords and neither gave in
until two overtimes had run their course.
Both teams scored 6 points in the first period, then Cookeville
overpowered LA in the second with a 17-7 drubbing to take a 23-13
lead at the half.
The Lady Cats shut down Cookeville in the third period and doubled
their opponent's scoring with a 10-5 quarter to cut the Lady Cavs'
lead to 28-23.
Livingston kept up the pressure in the fourth and outscored the
home team 13-8 to tie the game at 36.
The two teams only managed 3 points each in the first overtime.
Then, Cookeville blinked in the second overtime and Livingston Academy
scored 8 unanswered points to win 47-39.
Katrina Beechboard led LA in scoring with 20 points, followed by
Megan Thompson with 9, including two 3-pointers, Kellie Thurman
with 8 points, including a 3-pointer, April Handy with 5 points,
Kasey Baltimore with 3 points, and Whitney Sells with 2 points.
Cara Reed of the Lady Cavaliers was the top scorer with 22 points.
The week's play moved the Lady Wildcats to 5-1 overall and 1-0
in District 7-AA.
The Lady Wildcats will travel to Woodbury on Friday, Dec. 12 to
take on the Cannon County Lady Lions in a District 7-AA game. Then,
Livingston Academy will host the White County Warriorettes on Saturday,
Dec. 13. The Lady Cats will again hit the road on Tuesday, Dec.
16 to go to Smithville to face the DeKalb County Lady Tigers in
another district game.
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