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Lady Cats take down York, Cannon County
Wildcats win over Lions in double-overtime
Watson Brown named Golden Eagles coach


Lady Cats take down York, Cannon County

Kassie Hunley/OCN Sports
Livingston Academy's Alison West shoots while encircled by York's Lady Dragons.

By MAC McLEOD, OCN Sports
When last Friday's game with Cannon County was over, Livingston Academy girls basketball coach Lesley Smith walked out of the dressing room and leaned against the wall. She had a big smile on her face because she realized that her Lady Wildcats had just finished their toughest week of the young season and had two district wins to show for it.

Both wins came on the road and in two of the toughest places in District 7-AA to play.

"It was a very good week for us, "Coach Smith said. "We played York and Cannon on the road, and we won both.

"Plus, I think we finally discovered that when we play as a team, we can be very good. It wasn't that we weren't a team, but this week we moved the ball well, played good defense, and we got to the player that was open. Those are things you always want to see in a team, and this week we accomplished that."

With a 67-49 win over rival York Institute and a 64-36 whipping of Cannon County, the Lady Wildcats now have a perfect 3-0 district record, 6-2 overall, and after the Tuesday, Dec. 12 important matchup against DeKalb County, will head for Orlando, FL, for some fun and relaxation and three games in the Disney Classic.

Senior Ashley Matthews pointed out Friday night, "It was a good week for us. We really started playing good team ball in the third period at York Tuesday, and it carried over tonight.

"This is what we are capable of doing, and now we have to keep it up."

In the Tuesday night, Dec. 5 game at Jamestown, the Lady Wildcats fell behind early and trailed 14-11 at the end of the first period. The team simply got off to a slow start. By intermission, LA had knotted the contest at 24 and was ready to make a move after the intermission.

With freshman Shelby Taylor setting the pace, Livingston came out ready to put the game away. Mallie Stephens got things rolling early with a big 3-point basket, with Alison West and Kendria Kilgore adding consecutive baskets. Stephens then fed Matthews on a fast break for 2 points, followed by two big 3-point buckets by Brittany McCoin.

By the end of the period, LA had raced out to a 10-point lead at 47-37.

McCoin later said, "I really felt pumped up tonight. We had good team play and things finally fell in place."

Taylor explained, "When Brittany hit those two threes, it just seemed to fire up the whole team and it opened up the inside. That run in the third period was fun."

With a 10-point lead and only 8 minutes to play, the Lady Cats continued to roll in the final frame. Taylor opened with a steal and driving lay-up, followed by a basket from West and a 3-point shot from Matthews.

With just over a minute remaining, LA led by 22.

Taylor had 12 points on the night and Kilgore added 11, while McCoin had one of her best shooting nights of the season and ended with 10.

With York Institute behind them, the Lady Cats now faced another tough road test on Friday, Dec. 8 when they rolled into Woodbury to play Cannon County's Lady Lions. Always a tough place to play, the Cannon County game started out looking like the Lady Cats were in for another tough contest.

But it didn't take Livingston as long this time to get rolling. After a 16-11 first quarter, LA's Jada Ledbetter found out that inside was her spot, and the remainder of the team discovered that the easiest basket would come from getting the ball to her. In the first half Ledbetter scored 10 points from in close while Matthews added 7, West 5, and McCoin 5.

West explained, "Jada did a good job of getting inside tonight, and all we needed to do was get the ball in to her.

"Ashley found the range from outside; so it was pretty simple, go inside or shoot from outside. Not hard decisions at all."

And while Ledbetter and Matthews were throwing in the points, West, Kilgore, and Stephens were strangling the Lady Lions' offense. The trio forced turnover after turnover, and by intermission the Lady Cats had doubled Cannon's score, 36-18.

As was the case at York, the third period proved decisive in the final outcome. Ledbetter went inside and took feeds from Matthews and Taylor and scored the first 6 points of the period. An 11-0 run midway through the frame simply put the game out of reach for the home team. On the night,

Ledbetter had 19 points, followed by 14 for Matthews, and 10 for West. But more importantly, it was defense that led to the Lady Lions' downfall. Ledbetter said after the game, "This was a very good week for us. It's always tough to go to York and win, and we did; then to come here and win is just super. It was a total team effort both nights.

"Tonight, I got open inside and they just got the ball in to me for the baskets. Ashley had a good night shooting, and Mallie, Alison, and Shelby were really strong on defense. Everybody that played, played well."

Coach Smith added, "I felt good about the play of our bench. Alissa (Sells) and Shelby showed that we can run players in and out and not lose much, and Britany Smith is doing a good job as our sixth starter.

"Chelsea (Carr) got back on the floor, and that was good, and Adrian (West) saw some good playing time. It was a good week, but now we have to move on.

"At least after Tuesday night, we can relax a little for a while and get ready for our run in January and February."

 

 

 

 

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Wildcats win over Lions in double-overtime

Kassie Hunley/OCN Sports
Deven Ramsey dominated the inside game against York Institute in LA's district win
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By MAC McLEOD, OCN Sports
Jordan Everley didn't really want to add suspense to last Friday's district 7-AA matchup with Cannon, but when he missed two free throws with no time showing on the clock, and either wuld have given Livingston Academy the win, the sophomore felt like he had let his teammates down.

"It felt like I was holding a 40-pound rock in my hands," Everley explained after the game. "I knew everybody in that gym was looking at me, and I was just so nervous I missed."

What brought Everley to that moment was a road game that could have gone either way down the stretch. Playing in Woodbury has never been a pleasant venture for the Wildcats, and this time around, the Lions brought a much improved, much bigger team into the contest.

LA Head Coach Richard Melton later explained, "They were much bigger than we were, and their big guys could really shoot. That gave us some problems throughout the entire game, but it was good that we faced the pressure and handled it well, I thought."

Sporting a 6-2, 2-0 record, the Wildcats were coming off a hard fought win in Jamestown on Tuesday night, Dec. 5, and went from the pan into the fire on Friday, Dec. 8. Both Jamestown and Woodbury are very difficult places to play.

In the Tuesday game, the two teams battled evenly through three quarters and were knotted at 38 going into the final 8 minutes of play. Then the Cats ripped off a beautiful 12-2 run that resulted in a 61-50 win.

Friday's game was almost a repeat.

Livingston held a 139 lead at the end of the first period, and were up by 5 at 34-29 at the intermission. At one point, the Cats were up by 13, at 24-11, but the Lions just wouldn't go away. Cannon County pulled to within 3, at 34-31, to open the third frame, but Livingston refused to fold.

Chase Dunn connected on a pair of shots, and Clint West drove inside late in the period to push LA back up by 6.

Cannon then responded at the buzzer with a basket, and the fourth frame started with the Cats holding a 48-45 advantage.

In what should have been the final frame, the Lions managed to take the lead midway through the period, at 55-54, and held a 57-54 advantage with a little over a minute to play.

With 35 seconds remaining, Tyson Stover did what he does best, hit a huge 3-point shot, and the game was tied at 57.

With 8 seconds remaining, Dunn fouled out and the Cats were down by 2, and things were not looking good for the defending district champions.

Only 3 seconds showed on the clock when Todd Smith drew a foul and calmly walked to the line and hit both to force overtime.

In that overtime period, the Lions connected on a 3-point shot, but West hit a free throw on the other end of the court and Stover delivered once again with a 3-pointer.

With the game tied at 65, the Wildcats had the ball and 13 seconds. On what would have been the final shot had it fallen, Everley took a shot in close that didn't go down, but he was fouled.

At the line, with zeros showing all the way across the time clock, the young forward needed only one of two tries to fall, and neither did.

By missing those two attempts, it later looked as if it was a trap to draw the home team into intentionally fouling Everley if that strategy was needed later. In the second overtime, Everley went to the foul line four times and hit all eight shots.

West hit two free throws in the extra period, and Smith took a rebound and went coast-to-coast for the only LA basket of the frame. The 12 points in the second overtime gave the Wildcats a 79-74 district victory to up their mark to 7-2 overall and 3-0 in the 7-AA. Everley led the LA attack with 20 points, while Dunn added 18, West 13, and Smith 12.

"A lot of coaches will tell you that a good sixth man is critical to the success of a team, and Jordan certainly proved that tonight," Coach Melton said. "He has accepted his role as the sixth man and his play has been huge.

"Both Cannon and York are much improved over last year. When they played each other, only a half-court shot at the buzzer gave York the win.

"Cannon is big and they shoot well. They will be a team that will have to be taken seriously before it's all over," he added.

Before the game at York, someone lightly predicted to Deven Ramsey that he would have 18 points, 12 rebounds, and commit only 3 personal fouls in the upcoming game.

"I'll take that," the big, mild mannered center smiled. "I played so poorly Friday night (against Macon County), I need to have a good game tonight."

In last Tuesday's contest, Ramsey took over early, dominating the boards, scoring 8 points in the first half and ending the night with 21 points, 13 rebounds, and 3 fouls.

Dunn added 18 markers, while Smith had 4, all from the foul line late in the game, and Everley connected on a big 3-point shot to allow the Wildcats to put the game away.

After hosting district foe DeKalb on Tuesday night, Dec. 12, the Wildcats will head to Orlando, FL, to compete in the Disney Classic over the weekend.

"I thought we played okay tonight considering what we were up against," Coach Melton told his team in the locker room after the win over Cannon County.

"You need to remember now that we don't go to Florida until after Tuesday night's game. It's a district game and it's the most important game on our schedule as of right now."

 

 

Watson Brown named Golden Eagles coach

By ROB SCHABERT, TTU Sports
Watson Brown is coming home.

Brown, 56, was named Saturday as the new head football coach of the Tennessee Tech University Golden Eagles. He returns to his hometown as the 10th head football coach in Tech history.

"We're excited to be coming back to Cookeville," Brown said. "It's a great time for us at Tennessee Tech. The time is right, and this is a great opportunity to make a quick move and really improve the Golden Eagle football program to the point where we can win conference championships and make a run at a national championship.

"We want to win immediately."

Brown leaves his position as head coach at University of Alabama at Birmingham after 12 seasons. He replaces Mike Hennigan, who spent 10 years as TTU head coach but spent the 2006 season on medical leave. Doug Malone served as acting head coach for the Golden Eagles during the past season.

TTU Director of Athletics Mark Wilson echoed the excitement voiced by Brown about the future of TTU football.

"We are excited to attract a coach with the head coaching experience that Watson Brown has," Wilson said. "We look forward to him leading our team to Ohio Valley Conference championships, regional, and national prominence."

Watson Brown was introduced at halftime of Saturday's basketball game. He has previously coached at two schools that are members of the Ohio Valley Conference, serving as head coach at Austin Peay for two years and assistant coach at Jacksonville State, then a Division II program, for two years.

"Cookeville is home," Brown said. "It's where my wife and I are from, and it's neat to have that as part of this decision, too.

"The decision to make a change is always difficult, especially when you've spent 12 years building a program from scratch," Brown said. "Mark (Wilson) had a lot to do with it. I felt comfortable with him, and I really respect his attitude and what he wants to accomplish."

Brown returns to his hometown, where he was a talented baseball, football, and basketball player at Cookeville High School. He signed with Vanderbilt out of high school and was a standout quarterback for the Commodores from 1969-72. He is best remembered by many Commodore fans for leading Vandy to a 14-10 victory over Alabama in 1969. Brown was named the Sports Illustrated National Back of the Week for his efforts.

Wilson said, "It will be great to have Watson Brown back in the Upper Cumberland. It's an exciting homecoming, both for him and the fans in the Upper Cumberland, as he leads our program.

"Watson Brown is a man of high character, a focused recruiter, and an exceptional football coach. He will focus on both the academic and athletic success of our student-athletes, which is the perfect fit for Tennessee Tech.

"We went through an extensive and exhaustive search process that attracted a very high level of candidates, and it was determined that Watson Brown was the best for the Upper Cumberland, Tennessee Tech University, and the Golden Eagle football program.

"We're anticipating tremendous support for coach Brown and the Golden Eagles in the years to come," Wilson said.

The growth of the UAB program under Brown's guidance during the past several years was a major factor in UAB's entry into Conference USA play in 1999. That year for their C-USA debut, the Blazers recorded a 6-6 overall record against an all I-A schedule, finishing in a four-way tie for second place with a 4-2 league record.

Under Brown, UAB was bowl-eligible three times in the past seven seasons, and in 2004 attained their previously elusive first bowl invitation with a trip to Honolulu to play in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl.

Brown made an impact off the field as well at UAB. Since his arrival in 1995, the program saw improvement in its facilities. The program also made progress in the classroom with improved academic programs and assistance for the players. The team's graduation rate and cumulative grade-point average improved each of the past 10 years.

In November 2002, UCB named Brown the third athletics director in school history. He stayed in that capacity until last December when he made the decision that he wanted to devote more time to concentrate on the football program.

A veteran of 34 years in the coaching profession, Brown made his head coaching debut in 1979 in the Ohio Valley Conference, directing the Austin Peay Governors, and at age 29, he was one of the youngest head coaches in the nation. He posted 7-4 records in both 1979 and 1980, twice being runner-up for Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year honors.

Brown began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Vanderbilt in 1973 and was a full-time assistant coach for the first time in 1974 as Pat Dye's quarterback and receiver coach at East Carolina. The Pirates were 7-4 in 1974 and 8-3 in 1975, posting victories over several Atlantic Coast Conference opponents.

Brown was the offensive coordinator at Jacksonville State University in 1976 and 1977 (at the time JSU was a Division II program, and currently is a member of the OVC). During those two seasons, the Gamecocks finished 7-4 and 11-3, and played for the Division II national championship in 1977.

Brown was the quarterback and receiver coach at Texas Tech in 1978, where the Red Raiders posted a 7-4 record in what was supposed to be a rebuilding year.

While serving as offensive coordinator at Vanderbilt for two seasons (1981-82), Brown's offense set 57 school records and the Commodores posted an 8-3 record and made a Hall of Fame Bowl appearance (1982).

In 1983, Brown was head coach at Cincinnati, where he led the Bearcats to a season-opening 14-3 victory at defending national champion Penn State.

Before coaching at Vanderbilt, Brown was athletic director and head football coach at Rice (1984-85). He led the Owls to two of their best offensive seasons.

From 1986-90, Brown was the head coach at Vanderbilt, his alma mater. In 1991 and 1992, Brown was the offensive coordinator at Mississippi State under head coach Jackie Sherrill. During those two seasons, the Bulldogs posted a 14-10 record, made two bowl appearances and upset three nationally-ranked opponents.

Prior to going to UAB, Brown was the offensive coordinator at the University of Oklahoma (1993-94).

Coaching is a big part of Brown's family. His brother Mack Brown is the head coach at Texas, winning a national championship last season with the Longhorns. His grandfather, Eddie "Jelly" Watson, is a legendary prep football coach, compiling a 106-51-13 record at Cookeville High School.

Brown's brother Mel resides in Cookeville along with his mother Katherine.

Watson Brown is married to the former Brenda Arnold, and they have two children, daughter Ginny, who was a four-year letter winner at Georgia State University (1996-00), and son Steven, who is a wide receiver on the UAB football team.

Tech has had nine head football coaches since 1922, starting with Loyall Duck and including Putty Overall, Hooper Eblen, Star Wood, Wilburn Tucker, Don Wade, Gary Darnell, Jim Ragland, and Mike Hennigan.

Two years ago, Watson Brown was inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame.

 

 

 

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