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Wildcats win in first round of Jaycees Tournament
Lady Cats dominate week's opponents


Wildcats win in first round of Jaycees Tournament

Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff

LA's Brian Colson rises above the crowd to fire in a jumper during last Saturday's Jaycees Tournament game versus Oliver Springs. Colson led the Wildcats with 17 points.

The Livingston Academy Wildcats won one and lost one in the week past.

The loss came first, on the road at DeKalb County High School.

Just as they have seemingly done all season, the Livingstonians were slow to start, being outscored 15-7 in the first quarter and 27-15 at halftime.

Then, as they have also seemingly done all season thus far, the Wildcats came back with ferocity in the second half.

Livingston led the contest 41-38 at their peak in the third quarter, and closed out the three-quarter time buzzer with a 1-point lead, 41-40.

After such a resurgent performance, LA appeared to have lost its figurative breath, allowing the Tigers to outscore them 12-7 in the fourth quarter, although a last-minute surge almost saw them tie the game with 5 seconds on the clock.

End result: DeKalb Tigers 52, Livingston Wildcats 48.

Livingston Academy Boys Basketball Coach Danny McCoin said, "We had to dig ourselves out of a hole.

"We got down by 17 in the first half, then actually came back in the third quarter to take the lead.

"And then in the fourth quarter, we kind of headed down, I think because we worked so hard and expended so much energy catching up.

"We started out cold, and shot bad again," he said. "We played a great third quarter. We're just waiting on that first quarter to get better."

Brandon Matthews led scoring on the night with 21 points before fouling out with just 9 seconds on the clock in the fourth quarter. Matt Reeder was the only other player to crack 10 points during the game, scoring 14 of his own.

After the close contest in Tiger Country, the Wildcats headed back to the home court for the start of the annual Jaycees Tournament, playing the Bobcats of Oliver Springs in their first scheduled tournament game on Saturday night, Dec. 20.

The start wasn't grand, but thanks to good defense (and perhaps a few of the Wildcats' "shooting woes" rubbing off on the Oliver Springs crew), LA nearly managed to shut out the Bobcats in the first quarter, outscoring them 9-0 before a Bobcat fired in a 3-point buzzer-beater to make it 9-3 at the end of one.

In the second quarter, Oliver Springs would play quite the game of catch up, outscoring LA by double the amount of points (20-10), thanks in part to a couple of late fouls on LA's behalf. Going into halftime, the Bobcats had the lead, 23-19.

After the intermission, the home team started to pick up steam again, scoring 2 more points than the Bobcats to close in on the lead, ending the third down by only a basket at 33-35.

The fourth quarter would be all LA, with the Cats allowing only 4 points for Oliver Springs and scoring a whopping 21 of their own.

The final tally: Livingston Academy 54, Oliver Springs 39.

Brian Colson led scoring during the game with 17 points, followed up by Matt Reeder, who made it a consistent 14-point week by scoring as many for the second time in two games played on the week.

The Wildcats were scheduled to play Cookeville High School in the next Jaycees Tournament game on Monday, Dec. 22. After their completion of tournament play on the home court, the Cats will travel to Harriman to play in the Harriman Christmas Tournament, which is scheduled to run from Friday, Dec. 26 to Monday, Dec. 29.

Lady Cats dominate week's opponents

Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff

Krista Clinard leaps for a 2-point bucket against Hixson as teammates Katrina Beechboard, #3, and Kellie Thurman, #54, look on. Clinard scored 8 points in the game.

Utter and absolute dominance. The Lady Wildcats were way more than their opponents could handle last week when they defeated DeKalb County's Tigerettes 82-41, and followed with a 77-13 dismantling of Hixson's Lady Wildcats in the first round of the Livingston Jaycees Tournament.

Livingston Academy's girls basketball team travelled to Smithville on Tuesday, Dec. 16 to play DeKalb's Tigerettes in a District 7-AA game. The Lady Cats overpowered the host team 22-6 in the first period, then allowed the home team to win the scoring battle in the second 15-12 to cut the LA lead to 33-21 at halftime.

Though Livingston still had a good lead, Coach Lesley Smith thought the team should have played better.

"We got sloppy in the first half," Coach Smith said. "We played better in the second half."

LA overpowered DeKalb 27-12 in the third quarter to move the score to 60-33, then held the Tigerettes to 6 points while pouring in 21 more to double the Smithville team's score at 82-41.

Katrina Beechboard led in scoring with 20 points, including a 3-pointer and 7 of 8 from the free throw line. Kellie Thurman scored 17 points, including two 3-pointers and 3 free throws, and Megan Thompson scored 13 points, including a 3-pointer.

Also scoring for LA were Haley Mullins with 9 points, including 5 of 6 from the foul line, Krista Clinard with 5 points, including a free throw, Kristin Hoover, Megan Brown, Jada Ledbetter, and Brittany Ray with 4 points each, Ray including 2 free throws, and Whitney Sells scored 2 points.

Beechboard led in assists with 5, followed by Thompson and Brown with 3 each, Ashley Matthews and Clinard with 2 each, and Kasey Baltimore, Hoover, Ray, and Mullins with 1 each.

Katrina Beechboard completed a double-double by pulling down 12 rebounds. Clinard and Mullins had 6 rebounds each, Thurman had 5, Sells and Brown 3 each, Brittany McCoin, Baltimore, and Ray 2 each, and Mallie Stephens, Thompson, and Ledbetter 1 each.

Kellie Thurman had 5 steals, Thompson and Beechboard 4 each, Baltimore and Sells 2 each, and Brown, Mullins, and Stephens 1 each.

Beechboard and Mullins each blocked 2 shots, and Thompson, Thurman, and Ledbetter each blocked a shot.

As dominating as that performance was, it did not compare to the Friday, Dec. 19 Jaycees Tournament game against Hixson.

Hixson attempted only one shot in the first period and were blanked by Livingston, who scored 17 points in the quarter.

Hixson's first score came with 3:02 remaining in the second quarter, a quarter LA dominated 19-5. The Hixson Lady Wildcats scored only 4 points in each of the final periods to lose 13-77.

The LA Lady Cats made out like bandits, stealing the ball 26 times and deflecting it 27 times.

"They tried to slow our tempo, so we speeded them up," Coach Smith said. "In a game like this, we work on the fundamentals, and it was a good game to give playing time for our backups."

One of those backups, Whitney Sells, scored 19 points to become the game's top scorer.

"Whitney played particularly well," Coach Smith said.

In scoring the 19 points, Sells hit three 3-pointers and 2 free throws.

Haley Mullins and Katrina Beechboard each scored 11 points, each including a free throw.

Rounding out the scoring were Kellie Thurman with 9 points, including a 3-pointer and a perfect 4 of 4 from the foul line, Krista Clinard with 8 points, including 2 free throws, Megan Thompson with 6 points, Kristin Hoover with 5 points, including a 3-pointer, Mallie Stephens with a 3-pointer, Brittany Ray with 3 points, including a free throw, and Jada Ledbetter with 2 points.

Kristin Hoover made 6 assists, Thompson 4, Stephens 3, Beechboard 2, and Matthews, Baltimore, and Ray 1 each.

Sells, Thompson, and Beechboard each had 5 steals, Mullins 3, Clinard, Brown, and Hoover had 2 each, and April Handy and Baltimore 1 each.

Mullins blocked a shot.

The win placed the Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats in the semifinals against Brentwood Academy on Monday, Dec. 22, a pairing of the state's number 4 and number 3 ranked teams respectively. After finishing the tournament the following evening, the Lady Cats will travel to Greeneville to play in the Greene County Bank Ladies' Classic. LA will play Jefferson County in the first round at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 27.

The tournament features a strong field that includes McMinn Central and perennial state tournament threat South Greene.

"We will see the best of the best at Greeneville," Coach Smith said.




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