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Allons Hawks win Avery Trace Tip-Off Tourney
Livingston Academy basketball season begins
Levi Ledbetter competes in Arenacross world finals


Allons Hawks win Avery Trace Tip-Off Tourney

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Allons Elementary School's Hawks won the 2006 Avery Trace Tip-Off Tournament by defeating the host Avery Trace Elementary School Raiders 54-25 in the championship game. Hawks basketball team members are, kneeling from left, manager Peyton Long, Chase Ferrell, Hunter White, Beau Carr, Ian Flowers, Mason Ramsey, standing, Alex Wright, Josh Johnson, Colby Reeder, Hayden Hill, Logan Ramsey, J.W. Lee, Kailen Melton, and Coach Shawn Gray.

courtesy of Allons Hawks
Tournament champion Allons Hawks players named to the Avery Trace Tip-Off All-Tournament Team are, from left, Colby Reeder, Hayden Hill, Logan Ramsey, and Kailen Melton.

 

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Livingston Academy basketball season begins

Mac McLeod/OCN Sports
Livingston Academy's Mallie Stephens, #20, and Kendria Kilgore, #54, contain a Loudon player and attempt to take the ball away in Saturday's 45-42 win at Upperman High School.

By MAC McLEOD, OCN Sports
Historically, early season basketball games aren't all that important as teams usually hit the road finding games wherever they can just to try and tune up for the real action that will get underway in earnest after Christmas.

Such was the case for both Livingston Academy teams as the 2006-2007 season got underway last week in Antioch on Thursday, Nov. 16 and moved over to Baxter Saturday afternoon, Nov. 18. And for both teams, the performances were almost identical.

Senior Lady Wildcat Britany Smith said, "I don't know why we got off to a slow start in both those games. I do know though, we have to change that."

Smith was referring to two very slow starts by her and her Lady Wildcats teammates as Livingston fell behind by as many as 16 points in the first period against Antioch on Thursday, then battled back strong the remainder of the game only to fall by 2 points, 63-61.

Saturday afternoon in Baxter, the Lady Cats did the identical thing - fall behind Loudon by 14 in the initial period, then stormed back to take a 45-42 decision.

For the boys it was almost the same story, except the margins were not quite as large.

On Thursday, the Wildcats ran into a very talented crew for Antioch, falling behind early, then scrapping back only to drop a 62-55 decision. Saturday, they changed things around, taking an early lead, then holding on down the stretch to win 69-59.

"Antioch was a very good team," junior Todd Smith pointed out before practice on Friday. "They were big and fast, and they had several players who could score. I don't think we played all that badly, and even though we lost, it was a very good learning experience."

In Thursday's boys game, Livingston Academy stayed close throughout the contest, and trailed by only 7 at the end of the first period, 24-17. The margin moved to 10 at intermission, 40-30, but in the third period, 3-point baskets by Clint West and Smith cut it to 6 until the Bears went on an 8-0 run late in the frame to take a 52-38 lead into the final 8 minutes.

In the final period, Jeremy McLearran opened with 3 points, then Jordan Everley added a pair and Deven Ramsey dropped in a bucket and the Wildcats were on a 7-0 run, and the Antioch lead was down to 7 at 52-45.

But every time the Wildcats got within 7, the Bears seemed to be able to move back out, and at the end, it was a 7-point margin, 62-55.

Chase Dunn led the LA attack with 14 points, and Ramsey added 10. Everley had 8, and Smith and McLearran each contributed 7.

While the boys managed to stay close most of the game, the Lady Cats got off to a horrible start, falling behind the Lady Bears by as many as 16 points in the first period.

"For some reason, we don't play hard all the time," Lady Wildcats Head Coach Lesley Smith pointed out after Saturday's win, referring to both games last week. "Against Antioch, we really got behind, and tonight we did much the same."

The Lady Cats trailed Thursday night at the end of the first period, 17-3, and were behind Loudon, 18-6, at the end of the initial period in Saturday's contest.

But against Antioch, the Lady Cats clawed back, outscoring the Lady Bears 23-10 in the second period using strong shooting by Mallie Stephens, who hit two 3-pointers in the period as did teammate Alison West. Kendria Kilgore also played a big part in the comeback, and at intermission, LA trailed by only one, 27-26.

Down the stretch in the final two periods, LA took the lead at 36-35, and the game was tied several times until the final seconds when Antioch managed to pull away with two free throws with less than 5 seconds remaining.

West led the LA attack with 18 points, while Stephens added 11, and Kilgore and Ashley Matthews each dropped in 10.

With the season's first games behind them, both LA teams got an idea what was ahead and made adjustments.

"We can't play average and expect to win," Coach Smith said about her Lady Cats. "We have to play hard the entire game because we don't have any average teams on our schedule."

Despite getting off to a second slow start in as many games, the Lady Cats stayed close in the first two frames, then hit their stride, outscoring Loudon 19-4 in the third period, then held on for the 45-42 win.

Matthews paced LA with 12 points, with West adding 8, Stephens 7, and Jada Ledbetter 6.

West concluded with a smile, "I guess we have a target on our backs, so we had better get used to teams coming after us, and we will have to play much better. And we will."

When the boys took the court, Dunn and Ramsey took over. Controlling the tempo, Dunn managed to beat the Redskins' press almost all night and Ramsey used his 6-7, 240 pound frame to show strong presence under the basket.

LA moved out to a 15-11 lead at the end of the first period, and led by 12, 44-32, at intermission on several 3-pointers by Tyson Stover.

Early in the third period, it looked like Loudon would make a move, but a third 3-pointer by Stover put the brakes on the run.

In the meantime, Dunn was blistering the nets from the foul line and Ramsey was making his presence known inside. In the first half, Dunn hit on six tries from the line and was perfect on eight more down the stretch in the second half. Ramsey, McLearran, and Justin Poston also made critical shots from the line late in the game.

Dunn led all scorers with 22 points, while Stover added 15 and Ramsey had 13.

Meanwhile, Loudon missed 14 free throws, which in the end spelled the difference in winning and losing.

Wildcats Coach Richard Melton said, "Tyson (Stover) took some great charges, and that gave us the ball, and our bench tonight really made a big difference. I was pleased the other night (Thursday), although we lost. They (Antioch) were so much bigger than us, but I thought we held our composure well. Tonight (Saturday), we used 10 players, so our depth was very helpful."

After hosting Pickett County on Tuesday night, the Livingston Academy teams, now both at 1-1, will travel to Jackson County High School in Gainesboro on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 24 and 25. Action will start at 3:30 p.m. on Friday against Independence High School, and 1 p.m. on Saturday against Kenwood High School.

Mac McLeod/OCN Sports
Jeremy McLearran goes up for a shot against Loudon.

 

Levi Ledbetter competes in Arenacross world finals

photo courtesy of Ledbetter family
Levi Ledbetter, of Rickman, competed in the U.S. Open Amateur Arenacross world finals at MGM Grand Garden Arena on October 15. The world finals consist of the top riders from six regions across the United States. Ledbetter was among 18 riders in the country to qualify to compete in the classes of 125cc and 250cc at Las Vegas. He won the hole shot in the 250cc Novice class and ran 1st the entire race but got bumped and overtaken in the last lap, finishing 2nd. He won 4th place in the 125cc Novice class. Ledbetter plans to compete again next year for the number 1 spot. Accompanying him on the trip were his parents, Rick and Janice Ledbetter and his sister, Jada
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