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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.

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 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 tiring.

"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 fresh.

"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 to score."

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.

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 Bobcats.

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 quarter.

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 score.

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 them."

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, Feb. 10.


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