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Cats fall to Cavs, Dragons
Lady Cats start slow, finish strong against Yorks

 

Cats fall to Cavs, Dragons

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 at Cookeville."

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 Dragons.

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 point, 57-56.

"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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