All Lady Wildcats
contribute in win over Pickett
LA Wildcats exact revenge on Bobcats
All Lady Wildcats
contribute in win over Pickett
Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff
Livingston Academy's Megan Thompson, #11, and Kasey Baltimore,
#22, put defensive pressure on a Pickett County Lady Bobcat in last
week's home win.
By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN staff
A game against neighboring Pickett County's Lady Bobcats proved
to be a workout for all of the girls on the Livingston Academy Lady
Wildcats roster last week.
The game was never in doubt, so every girl on the Lady Cats' bench
saw playing time in the non-district win.
LA jumped ahead 22-6 in the first period, outscored the visiting
team 14-11 in the second, 14-8 in the third, and 18-13 in the fourth
for a 68-38 win.
LA Coach Lesley Smith said, "We had some defensive breakdowns,
but overall we looked pretty sharp.
"Sometimes against teams that you feel like you're better
than you have a tendency to do things that you normally wouldn't
do, and take chances. And we did a few of those things early.
"But then we settled down. We played very fundamental basketball
the second half," she said.
"Our offensive sets were sharp. People were taking their open
shots. Our box-outs were very, very impressive at times Ð some of
the best box-outs we've had.
"Fundamentally, we did a great job in the second half."
LA scoring was led by Kellie Thurman and Katrina Beechboard with
13 points each, Thurman including three 3-pointers, and Beechboard
including a 3-pointer and 2 free throws.
Finishing up the Lady Cats' scoring were Krista Clinard, who scored
7 points, including a 3-pointer, Whitney Sells, Haley Mullins, and
Brittany McCoin with 6 points each, April Handy with 5 points, including
a free throw, Megan
Thompson with 4 points, Kasey Baltimore and Ashley Matthews with
a 3-pointer each, and Jada Ledbetter with 2 points. Thompson led
LA in assists with 4, followed by Sells and Beechboard with 3 each,
Mallie Stephens, Baltimore, and Thurman with 2 each, and Clinard
and Matthews with 1 each.
Clinard and Thurman led LA in rebounds with 6 each, followed by
Megan Brown and Baltimore with 5 each, Beechboard with 4, Kristin
Hoover, Mullins, Ledbetter, McCoin, and Stephens with 3 each, Handy,
Sells, and Thompson with 2 each, and Matthews with 1.
Beechboard had 2 steals, and Thompson, Clinard, Hoover, and Mullins
had 1 each.
"Our juniors and our sophomores are starting to play more
in our varsity games, and we're needing them to play more in our
varsity games," Coach Smith said. "Whitney and Haley in
particular are stepping up and doing great for us, but we're going
to need some other ones as we go on because the tournament is so
"I feel like we need to get them some more time at crucial
times. That's why we went ahead and subbed in the first quarter.
It gave them some time against their starters when they were still
"And our freshmen are coming along," she said. "They're
learning slowly, and a little bit of it is there's 10 upperclassmen
ahead of them that are playing. In their freshman schedule they
are doing great. They've lost two JV games where they've had to
play some sophomores and juniors.
"Their season is going along really well, too, and they've
got their own games. So, we don't worry too much about getting them
into these. They came in there pretty aggressively, ready to score.
They may not be real sharp defensively sometimes, but they're going
After travelling to Carthage to play the Owlettes of Smith County
in a District 7-AA game, the Lady Cats will return home Friday,
Feb. 6 for a homecoming district matchup against DeKalb County.
"DeKalb is a must win," Coach Smith said. "We should
win, and we have to win because it's district. Hopefully it'll get
some good time for some of our younger kids, but we've got to be
sharp and we've got to get better."
The Lady Wildcats will host Clarkrange the following night, for
a rematch against the Lady Buffaloes, who almost pulled an upset
on their home court.
"I know we didn't lose up there, but I feel like we need to
take a little revenge because they took advantage of us and made
us look ugly and made us feel bad," Coach Smith said. "We
won and we felt bad.
"We've got to be a whole lot sharper and send a message saying
that was a fluke. This time we've got to focus on them a little
bit more and be ready.
"If they come back with their junk defense again, we'll be
more ready for it because we've been working on it ever since. That's
an important one for our psyche more than anything."
The homestand will continue on Tuesday, Feb. 10 when LA hosts Jackson
County's Lady Blue Devils, who were upset last week by Celina High
School's Lady Bulldogs.
LA Wildcats exact
revenge on Bobcats
Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff
Wesley Puckett legs it towards the inside in last week's contest
versus Pickett County.
By LYNDON JOHNSON, OCN staff
The Livingston Academy boys basketball team got somewhat of a break
last week, playing one game instead of the usual two.
The game was played last Tuesday, Jan 27 as LA hosted Pickett County's
The Wildcats came out shooting to impress, laying down 18 points
to the 6-point offering by the Bobcats to take the lead in the primary
The home team continued to shoot well in the second bar, netting
21 points. PCHS answered with 22 of their own, thus outscoring LA.
At the half, LA led the visiting Bobcats by 11, 39-28.
After a 10-minute breather, both teams came out and delivered much
the same back-and-forth performance, though they scored fewer points
(LA 16, PCHS 15) than in the second quarter. Headed down the home
stretch, the Wildcats were in the lead by 12, 55-43.
In the final quarter, the Bobcats matched Livingston bucket-for-bucket,
with both teams scoring 20. Result: Livingston Academy 75, Pickett
County High School 63.
The first quarter effectively sealed the fate of PCHS, as they
fell behind and never got the gusto to battle back to a competitive
Bad Brad West had another quietly awesome performance, netting
29 points on the evening and leading LA's roster in scoring. Brandon
Matthews was none too shabby with his 15 points, either. Matt Reeder
scored 13 of his own to further aid the Cats in their Pickett pummelling.
The rest of LA's scoring summary was completed by Wilson Cates with
8 points, Brian Colson with 6 points, and Tyler Livingston and Wesley
Puckett both scoring deuces.
West was noted far and wide for shooting seven from downtown and
sinking them, going 7 for 11 (64 percent) from outside the arc,
and batting a thousand everywhere else he shot (3 for 3 in two-point
range, 2 for 2 in free throws).
The Bobcats had LA beat from the paint, shooting 16 for 27 (59
percent) to the Wildcats' 15 for 31 (48 percent), but the many threes
of West helped the home team to far outshine the visitors by sinking
10 of 18 (56 percent) from the arc. PCHS managed to sink just 6
of 21 shots (29 percent) in long-range mode.
Livingston Academy Coach Danny McCoin said, "We played a
great game. We shot the lights out. We played real good defense.
We out-rebounded them. We played a real good ball game.
"I think that may be the highest-scoring game we've had all
year. Seventy-five...that's a lot of points. We're shooting the
ball real well right now."
McCoin said his troops felt pretty comfortable through the contest,
noting that the Bobcats didn't present any huge threat of making
a comeback at any point.
"It'd go to a 10-point game, then to 8 or 9 or something like
that, but we were always in control. They closed it to maybe 4 or
5 at one point, but we kept that lead."
PCHS had beaten the Wildcats in their previous two meetings this
season, so the victory was as mental as it was physical.
"They whipped us the first two times, so we had to get one
before spring. We got one, but they're still one up on us for the
year," he said. "We were happy to get at least one of
The Wildcats will make up for their time off in the week coming,
hosting DeKalb County on Friday, Feb. 6 and Clarkrange on Saturday,
Feb 7 after visiting Smith County to face the Owls on Tuesday, Feb.
3. LA will then host the Jackson County Blue Devils on Tuesday,
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