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Wildcats take Blue Devils into overtime
Lady Cats defeat Warriorettes, Lady Blue Devils

 

Wildcats take Blue Devils into overtime


Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff

Wilson Cates manages to get in the paint and go for 2 in the contest at White County High School on Tuesday, Jan. 6. Cates scored 10 points on the evening.

By LYNDON JOHNSON, OCN staff
The Livingston Academy Wildcats just missed pulling out a victory last week in one of two contests on the road.

First, the team travelled to White County High School in Sparta to face the Warriors on Tuesday, Jan. 6, where they were met with stiff competition, though not in the early moments of the first quarter.

Two-and-a-half minutes went by before either team lit up the scoreboard. The inaugural swish came at the hands of Wildcat go-to guy Brad West, who nailed a shot from the arc to make it 3-0 Livingston.

The Warriors managed to battle back the Livingston Academy advances for the remainder of the first quarter, putting LA down by 6 at the first sounding of the horn, 14-8.

The second quarter would see LA struggling to get good shot opportunities, with the aggressive defense of the Warriors keeping the Cats on the outside of the arc. As a result, Livingston was forced to take shots from the outside and could not get into the paint.

The Warriors, on the other hand, had everything turning up roses for them in the second, running up 10 points at the end of the period all the while holding LA scoreless.

At the second horn-sounding, the Warriors had outscored the Cats in the second quarter by 10 points (15-5), giving them a comfortable lead at halftime of 29-13.

True to form, the Wildcats came out a much more aggressive team after the halftime breather. In the third quarter, they came out and nearly matched WCHS point-for-point, scoring 15 to the Warriors' 16. At the end of three, the home team still had the lead at 45-28.

In the fourth and final quarter, the Wildcats managed to outscore their Spartan rivals by three (20-17), but the margin was far from covered, with Livingston Academy falling to WCHS 48-62.

The Wildcats only held the lead once during the entire game, that being on their (and the game's) very first score in the first quarter. The rest of the way, they were not able to get any closer than 10 points to the Warriors' lead.

It wasn't all bad for the boys in blue, though. LA's Brad West led scoring for both teams with 19 points. He was followed by Wilson Cates, who scored 10. Brandon Matthews with 6, Tyler Smith with 5, Tyler Livingston with 4, and Lance Ruble with 4 rounded out the rest of the scoring.

After the Cats took a day or two to think about the loss, they loaded up the bus and went to face district rival Jackson County's Blue Devils, a resolved team. They wanted to win. Bad.

Things opened up much better for both teams, with neither wasting any time getting on the board. Livingston warmed up quicker than usual, scoring 10 in the first quarter, but the Blue Devils managed 17 of their own to take the early lead.

The second quarter was very much tit-for-tat, with both teams nailing down 10 points, sending them into the locker room at halftime with the Blue Devils in the lead, 27-20.

In the third quarter, LA again switched it on and started to look mean, using their defensive skills to the best of their abilities and forcing the Blue Devils to take shots they couldn't hit. Winning the rebounds of said shots, the Wildcats were able to outscore their rivals by 9 points, 23-14 to pull ahead going into the fourth quarter leading by a bucket, 43-41.

In the fourth quarter, the Blue Devils would close the gap. And it would stay closed, with neither team managing to make headway by the final buzzer. With a score of 60-60, this one was headed into overtime.

JCHS pulled ahead early in the extra frame, going on a 5-point run to make the score 68-63. LA answered, though not too authoritatively, taking the lead via a 3-point basket from Brad West, only to have that hole sewn back together by a deuce from the Blue Devils to tie things up again at 74 points apiece.

With but 8 seconds remaining, a Blue Devil made a steal and an ensuing layup to take the lead at 76-74, and that would be all she wrote as the Wildcats hadn't even the time to take the inbound before the buzzer sounded.

Brad West led scoring for the Cats, netting 21 this time, followed up by big man Matt Reeder with 19. Wilson Cates was the only other player to break the 10-point barrier with 11. The rest of the scoring was handled by Brandon Matthews, 9, Lance Ruble, 5, Wesley Puckett, 4, Tyler Smith, 3, and Tyler Livingston, 2.

West scored 4 from outside the arc, and the Wildcats outshone the Devils from downtown, scoring 6 in long-range mode to the home team's 3.

Reeder led the team in rebounds with 12, the highest of any player in the game.

The fouls statistic is what seemingly hurt the Cats the most. They fouled 29 times to Jackson County's 15 (fouling out Cates, Puckett, and West in the process), resulting in Jackson County making 14 of 35 from the line - not necessarily an impressive percentage by most accounts, but the Devils hit the foul shots when they needed the points the most, netting two of them in overtime to tie the game at 74.

After facing Smith County in Livingston on Tuesday, Jan. 13, the Wildcats will again play at home, facing Cannon County's Lions on Friday, Jan. 16. The Cats will travel to play Clarkrange in a non-district game on Saturday, Jan. 17, then will return to the home court on Tuesday, Jan. 20 to host the Upperman Bees in a District 7-AA game.

 

Lady Cats defeat Warriorettes, Lady Blue Devils


Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff

Livingston Academy's Megan Brown passes to a Lady Wildcats teammate past a frustrated White County Warriorette in last week's road win.

By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN staff
Friday night's clash of the District 7-AA titans produced a winner, but no sure dominance for the victor.

Livingston Academy's Lady Wildcats entered the Blue Devils' pit in Gainesboro on January 9 to put their perfect district record on the line against Jackson County's equally unspotted slate.

Defense ruled from the beginning with neither team breaking double digits in scoring in the first period, and neither team gaining an advantage. The two state powerhouses moved to the second quarter tied at 8.

Once more the two teams proved immovable, with neither able to shake the other. A 9-9 quarter produced a 17-17 halftime score. With the first half rendered nothing more than a warmup, someone would have to break loose in the second half. The WD-40 was provided by the Lady Wildcats, who squeaked ahead with an 11-6 third period to lead 28-23 going to the last round.

Jackson County narrowly outscored the Livingston invaders 10-8 in the fourth quarter, but it was short of staying a 36-33 victory for the Lady Cats.

LA's Katrina Beechboard completed a double-double by bringing down 12 rebounds and scoring 13 points, including a 3-pointer. Kasey Baltimore scored 9 points, including two 3-pointers, Megan Thompson scored 5 points, including a 3-pointer, April Handy scored 3 points, and Haley Mullins scored 2 points.

Jackson County's Marissa Hensley also completed a double-double with 16 points scored and 14 rebounds.

The big district win followed a non-district bout against the Warriorettes of White County High School in Sparta on Tuesday, Jan. 6.

The Lady Cats fought the good fight in the first period, gaining an 11-9 advantage at the end of the first period. But the advantage fell to the Warriorettes in the second round, with White County scoring 18 points to the visiting Lady Cats' 12 for a 27-23 Sparta lead.

Livingston rebounded in the third quarter, outscoring the home team 12-8 to force a 35-35 tie at the end of three quarters of play.

The Lady Wildcats turned it up a notch in the fourth period after foul trouble earned White County's Brooke Sunday some bench time. Katrina Beechboard put up a "The Doctor Is In" sign with a 13-point scoring clinic to help Livingston Academy outdistance White County High 25-14 in the last round to win 62-48.

Beechboard finished the game with 24 points on the night. Also scoring in double figures for LA were Megan Thompson and Kellie Thurman with 11 points each. Kasey Baltimore scored 7 points, including a 3-pointer, Whitney Sells scored 6, and Haley Mullins hit a free throw.

The Warriorettes were led by Molly McFadden and Allison Cole with 11 points each, and Brooke Sunday also scored in double figures with 10.

Livingston Academy's Lady Wildcats entered last week ranked number 3 in the Tennessean's Midstate Top 10. Jackson County was ranked number 4. The loss unfairly dropped the Gainesboro team to number 8.

Strangely, White County's Warriorettes were not on the radar when last week's play began, but after the loss to the Lady Cats, the Sparta team entered this week ranked number 7.

After hosting Smith County's Owlettes on Tuesday, Jan. 13, Livingston Academy will host the surprisingly feisty Cannon County Lady Lions on Friday, Jan. 16.

The Lady Wildcats will move out of district play on Saturday, Jan. 17 when they travel to play Clarkrange High School, but will return to district play on Tuesday, Jan. 20 when they will host 7-AA dark horse Upperman High School. Like silent assassins, the Lady Bees have quietly cut down the competition to post an overall record of 16-1 and move up to number 4 in the Tennessean's rankings this week. LA, at 16-2 overall, remained ranked number 3 in the poll.

 

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