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Flu bugged Cats get healthy win at Woodbury
Lady Cats survive strong opposition

 

Flu bugged Cats get healthy win at Woodbury

Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff
Livingston Academy's Wesley Puckett grabs some sky as he makes a 2-point attempt in Saturday night's 50-64 losing effort against the Class AAA White County Warriors.

By LYNDON JOHNSON, OCN staff
The Livingston Academy Wildcats basketball team won one and lost one last week.

The win came on Friday, Dec. 12 at Cannon County. It was not an easy one, however, because the team would do without the services of three of its starters (Wilson Cates, Brian Colson, and Brad West) due to various maladies. Brad West did step in during the waning moments as a substitute, but other than that, Coach Danny McCoin played the five starters pretty much the entire game, including Tyler Livingston, his first start for the Wildcats.

"We went down to Cannon County undermanned. I took five varsity kids that were healthy," McCoin said as his team practiced layups Monday afternoon.

After leading the entire game, Livingston got its first "dubya" in some five games with a score of 50-39 at the end of regulation.

Matt Reeder led scoring for the evening with 16 points to his credit, followed by Shawn Gray with 13, and Wesley Puckett with 12. Brandon Matthews (7 points) and Tyler Livingston (2 points) rounded out the Livingston scoring.

The Cats returned home the following day, Saturday, Dec 13, to play White County's Warriors.

Home court advantage there was not, as the Cats lost this one 64-50, much to McCoin's chagrin.

"White County...eh...we just didn't play good. The defense was not very good. Sparta just outplayed us.

"We never got in good, fluid motion. We didn't execute well. We took some bad shots," McCoin commented on the loss.

"Tomorrow night, we've got most of them back," McCoin said of his formerly large injured-reserve list, most of which will return to action at DeKalb County. "The only one we're really missing now is Cates.

"We're going to go down to DeKalb County in pretty good shape," he said.

After travelling to Smithville on Tuesday, Dec. 16, Livingston Academy will host the annual Jaycees Christmas Tournament from Friday, Dec. 19 to Tuesday, Dec. 23. The Wildcats will open their tournament play at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20 versus Oliver Springs.

Lady Cats survive strong opposition

Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff
Kasey Baltimore drives in for LA in Saturday's win over the Warriorettes. Baltimore had 3 steals in the game.

By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN staff
Her Lady Wildcats had just won a nailbiter against one of the strongest Class AAA girls basketball programs in the state. Coach Lesley Smith summed up her feelings with one word.

"Relief."

That one word probably also summed up the feelings of the Livingston Academy faithful after the Lady Wildcats defeated the Warriorettes of White County 58-55 on Saturday, Dec. 13.

"After getting beat by them twice last year, and watching them play this year, we knew it was a real challenge for us," Coach Smith said. "I told the kids before the game, we were playing potentially the best team we've played all season. Bar none the best team.

"I think they stepped up to that challenge. We came out blazing.

"Megan Thompson came out shooting, making everything.

"We were getting the steals and doing a good job of rebounding. We came out with a bang and that started us off.

"Then we went through some lulls. That happens when you've got a great team playing a great team," she said. "We'd have our run, then they would have theirs, and we'd have ours."

The Lady Cats narrowly outscored the Warriorettes 17-15 in the first period, then outscored the visiting team by 2 again in the second period, 12-10, to take a 29-25 lead into halftime.

The Lady Cats again outscored their guests in the third period, 15-10, to extend the lead to 44-35. Then White County made things interesting. The big lead went away, then the chance for victory went into jeopardy. LA held a 1-point lead at 54-53 with 25.6 seconds left in the game. Sharp shooting from the free throw line sealed the win for the home team as the seconds dissolved.

"They snuck up on us there at the end," Coach Smith said. "We had a good lead and then it was just dwindling. Katrina got in foul trouble, and I pulled her out too early.

"It was a huge win a huge win for our program."

The Warriorettes had lost only one game previously, to York Institute.

LA was led in scoring by Katrina Beechboard with 21 points, including two 3-pointers and 9 of 10 from the free throw line. Megan Thompson scored 15 points, including three 3-pointers and a perfect 4 of 4 from the foul line. Kellie Thurman also scored in double figures with 12, including two 3-pointers and a perfect 4 of 4 from the foul line.

Also contributing in the win were April Handy with 4 points, including 2 free throws, Whitney Sells with 2 free throws, and Haley Mullins and Kasey Baltimore with 2 points each.

Kasey Baltimore and Kellie Thurman each made 2 assists, and Krista Clinard, April Handy, and Kristin Hoover each made an assist.

April Handy led LA in rebounds with 7, followed by Beechboard with 6, Thurman with 4, Thompson and Mullins with 3 each, Baltimore with 2, and Hoover with 1.

Kasey Baltimore had 3 steals, Thompson had 2, and Beechboard, Handy, and Mullins each had 1.

Baltimore and Thompson each blocked a shot.

Brooke Sunday led the Warriorettes in scoring with 15 points, and Molly McFadden and Amanda Lewis also scored in double figures for White County, McFadden with 13 points and Lewis with 12, including two 3-pointers.

The previous night, the Lady Wildcats were caught flat-footed at Woodbury by District 7-AA surprise of 2003 Cannon County's Lady Lions.

"We were terrible," Coach Smith said. "We had 19 turnovers, got out-rebounded tremendously by a team that's smaller than us.

"They out-hustled us. They shot a higher percentage. They out-played us.

"Had we not had the athletes we've got, we would've lost.

"Katrina and Megan pretty much carried us," she said. "Kellie had 5 fouls and played 7 minutes. And had 2 shot attempts, that's all.

"You know, when you lose somebody who's been scoring 17 points a game, you're going to struggle. And we did. We struggled.

"She makes us so much better. And I don't think it's ever been as obvious as it was when she wasn't in there last night.

"April and Haley and Megan Brown played."

The Lady Lions held LA to single digits in the first period, though the Lady Cats managed to outscore the home team 9-5. LA gained a further advantage in the second, moving the score to 26-15 at halftime after a 17-10 quarter.

The Lady Lions roared back in the third period by outscoring the intruding Lady Wildcats 21-17, but were held off in the final frame as Livingston scored 15 points to Woodbury's 12 for a 58-48 win.

"Cannon's better than I expected them to be," Coach Smith said. "They played scrappy. They kept us from getting in a routine, getting in a rhythm. We didn't do a good job adjusting to their changes and that kept us kind of off beat.

"We struggled to score, and then we struggled to guard them because we were so uptight about not being able to score.

"Everybody expected Cannon and DeKalb to be way down at the bottom, and not beat anybody. And they may not. But, you know, they're playing us to 10, they're playing Smith County to 1. They're playing better than people expected."

Katrina Beechboard led LA in scoring with 22 points, including 4 free throws. Megan Thompson also scored in double figures with 18, including a 3-pointer and 7 of 8 on free throws.

April Handy scored 8 points, including 2 free throws, Kasey Baltimore and Whitney Sells each scored 4 points, Sells hitting 2 free throws, and Krista Clinard and Haley Mullins each hit a free throw.

Megan Thompson had 5 assists, Handy made 3 assists, Beechboard made 2, and Baltimore and Clinard each made an assist.

Beechboard led in rebounds with 7, followed by Thompson with 5, Megan Brown with 4, Handy and Mullins with 3 each, and Sells, Brittany Ray, Clinard, Thurman, and Baltimore with 1 each.

Megan Thompson was a basketball kleptomaniac, stealing 7 times in the game. Beechboard and Sells each had 2 steals, and Baltimore and Hoover each had a steal.

After travelling to Smithville on Tuesday, Dec. 16 to play the DeKalb County Tigerettes in a District 7-AA game, Livingston Academy will host the Livingston Jaycees Christmas Tournament, scheduled to begin Friday, Dec. 19 and continue until the conclusion on Tuesday, Dec. 23. The Lady Wildcats will open their tournament play at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19 against Chattanooga-Hixson.

"We have a pretty good field," Coach Smith said. "I feel like us and Oliver Springs are the top two teams in it."

LA's bracket is filled out by Brentwood Academy and Pickett County, who play each other at 4 p.m. Friday.

"Brentwood Academy's a whole lot better than they have been," Coach Smith said. "Brentwood's coach, Rhonda Brown, played with me at Vandy. She's a great coach.

"Pickett County we know is pretty good. They didn't play well against us, but they're beating up on some other people. They almost beat Smith County, and they almost beat York. I think they're better than they showed in our game."

On the other side with Oliver Springs are Dobyns Bennett, Van Buren County, and Lebanon.

 

 

 

 

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