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LA basketball teams play in Orlando
LA teams split night against DeKalb County

 

LA basketball teams play in Orlando

By MAC McLEOD, OCN Sports
For the Livingston Academy girls basketball team, last week was a good one as the Lady Wildcats scored a big District 7-AA win at home on Tuesday night against DeKalb County, then hit the road for Orlando, FL, for the Disney Classic where they posted a 2-1 record and a 3rd place finish.

And while the girls were tasting success, the LA boys found the week a tough road, losing their first district game in over a year on Tuesday at home against DeKalb County, then going to Florida and winning only once in three tries.

The Livingston Academy boys opened the tournament on Thursday night, Dec. 14 facing the Tigers of Brentsville, VA. After a close first half that saw the Wildcats leading by only 2 at 28-26, at intermission Livingston raced away in the second half, outscoring the Tigers 34-19, to post a 62-45 win.

Tyson Stover, Deven Ramsey, and Chase Dunn combined for 47 points in the contest. Stover hit five shots from 3-point range for 15 of his game-leading 19 markers, while Dunn added 16 and Ramsey collected 12.

The win upped the Wildcats' record to 8-3 at the time, while Brentsville fell to 3-3 on the season.

Northport, NY, was the opening opponent for the Lady Wildcats on Thursday, and Ashley Matthews' 33 points sparked a second half rally that led to a 60-53 victory.

Livingston took a 13-9 lead at the end of the first frame, but trailed by 3, at 26-23, at intermission. The Lady Cats trailed by 10 going into the final period, but Matthews went on a scoring rage that pulled out the win.

In the final period, Matthews opened with a 3-pointer that closed the gap to 7, then Kendria Kilgore hit a lay-up to close the gap to 5.

Matthews then pulled up in the lane seconds later, hit her 27th point, and with the basket, posted her 1,000th point of her Livingston Academy career.

Alison West then nailed a big 3-pointer that put the Lady Cats ahead to stay, 52-51. Down the stretch, West hit two free throws and Matthews went 6 of 8 from the line to seal the victory. West had 16 points in the game.

With the victory, the Lady Cats moved their season mark to 9-2.

After a short night, the Lady Cats were back on the court at 8 a.m. Friday morning to take on the Lady Chiefs of Massapequa, NY, and things went from bad to worse from the opening tip off.

The Lady Chiefs raced out to a 23-13 first period lead, and were on top 42-24 at intermission. It was never close again, with Massapequa taking a convincing 70-49 win.

Kilgore was the only Lady Cat in double figures as she connected for 11. Mallie Stephens had 9 points, and Jada Ledbetter was good for 6.

When the boys took the court an hour later, it appeared they would walk away from the Colts of Chartiers Valley, PA, but that was not to be the case.

The Wildcats went on a strong first period run and were on top 22-7 when the frame ended. Things didn't change much in the second period, and at intermission Livingston was ahead 41-19 and appeared headed for a second win.

But, as the old saying goes: "It ain't over 'til it's over."

Livingston saw its big halftime lead dwindle to 6 at the end of the third period, 48-42, and in the final period, the Colts hit just about everything they threw at the basket. At the buzzer, Chartiers Valley had come from behind to post an impressive 62-60 win.

Ramsey led the LA attack with 18 points, and Dunn added 14.

The loss dropped the Cats to 8-4 on the season.

Saturday morning was another early start for the Lady Cats as they faced the Lady Trojans of North Hardin, KY, in the consolation game.

After falling behind 18-10 in the first period, LA rebounded to knot the score at 27 at intermission. The Lady Cats then took control in the third frame and led by 5 at 42-37 when the final period started.

In the final period, the Lady Cats outscored the Lady Trojans 14-7 to post a 56-44 win and 3rd place in the event.

West paced the winners with 12 points, while Kilgore added 10. Matthews put in 9 markers and Alissa Sells got 6. Nine of the 10 players who went on the floor for Livingston scored.

Livingston head coach Richard Melton returned to the bench Saturday after serving a 2-game suspension following two technical fouls he received on Tuesday in the loss to DeKalb County. But despite his appearance, the Wildcats were determined to repeat Friday's performance as they faced last year's tournament winners, Temescai Canyon, CA.

Livingston Academy jumped out to an 18-14 lead in the first period, and were on top 33-30 at halftime. The Cats went into the final frame up by a point, 50-49, then went cold shooting down the final stretch and dropped a 73-70 decision.

Dunn's 22 points and Ramsey's 12 couldn't keep the Cats from falling to 8-5 on the season.

Both Livingston teams will have this week off then hit the tournament trail two days after Christmas. The Lady Wildcats will be at the Beech Holiday Tournament starting December 28 while the boys will travel to the East Literature Holiday event beginning December 27.

 

LA teams split night against DeKalb County

Kassie Hunley/OCN Sports
Jada Ledbetter shoots for 2 of her 13 points in LA's home win over DeKalb County.

By MAC McLEOD, OCN Sports By intermission of last Tuesday's District 7-AA girls contest between Livingston Academy's Lady Wildcats and the Tigerettes of DeKalb County, the outcome was so much in hand that the Lady Cats could have boarded the bus for Orlando and still come out on top.

For the LA boys, it appeared they were already halfway to Florida, at least in their minds, and when reality finally set in, they discovered they had lost their first district game of the season; and it happened on what should have been a friendly home court.

And now after playing four of the six district teams at least once, it looks as if the Lady Cats could have a strong hand come tournament time in mid-February. On the other hand, the boys could be in for some serious problems down the road as it is apparent the district, so far, has no real pushovers and several squads highly improved from a year ago.

In the week before the much anticipated trip to Orlando and the Disney Classic, the Lady Wildcats went on the road to face tough opponents in both York and Cannon County, and in both games, came away with apparently easy wins. A 17-point win over York in Jamestown and a 28-point stroll through the park in Woodbury over Cannon left only two questions for the Lady Wildcats: (1) how strong is Upperman, and (2) what is Smith County holding?

For the boys, there seems to be several unanswered questions. An 11-point victory over York was not all that easy, and a double-overtime thriller over Cannon showed that both of those teams will have to be dealt with down the road. And Upperman is always a strong contender.

The Cats must also be asking themselves, "Just how good are we?" In some early season games they have looked like title contenders, such as the 106-58 win over Kenwood of Clarksville, but the two hard fought district wins either show the district title is up for grabs or Livingston just can't manage to put four quarters together.

Before the Tuesday, Dec. 12 game with 3-4 DeKalb County, Wildcats Coach Richard Melton stated that one of the team's goals this season was "not to lose more than two games before we head for Florida."

Melton also added that he didn't think DeKalb was as good as they were last year.

"But they will come to play, and last week was a scare for us," he said.

Tuesday's game was more than a "scare". It turned out to be a nightmare as the Tigers took a 2-0 lead at the outset, then fell behind by as many as 9 points before roaring back in the final frame to take a 56-53 win, Livingston's first district loss of the season. The Wildcats boarded the bus after the game for the trip to Florida with three losses, not two.

And to add insult to injury, Melton wasn't even around to see the final outcome. Midway through the final period, the Livingston coach was called for his second technical foul of the night and was ejected from the floor, and according to league rules, can't coach the next two games.

Both teams started out fairly cold shooting the ball, and at the end of the first period, the Cats led by only 3 at 15-12. At intermission the lead was up to 4 at 28-24. Had Tyson Stover not opened the period with a 3-pointer and added another later in the frame, it could have been a different story entirely. Clint West had a pair of baskets that kept the home team on top.

Deven Ramsey took control early in the third frame, scoring 8 straight points to give LA a 9-point advantage, but DeKalb refused to go away. When the final 8 minutes went up on the board, the Cats were clinging to a slim 5-point advantage, 45-40.

After Melton got his second technical foul with 4:50 remaining, the Tigers nailed both free throws, got the ball, and hit a 3-point shot. Seconds later, a foul on Chase Dunn sent the Tigers back to the line and the visitors hit both shots to knot the score at 44.

From that point on, the game see-sawed back and forth until less than a minute showed on the clock, and the Tigers went on a parade to the foul line and hit most of their free shots.

Ramsey led the Cats in the losing effort with 18 points, while Dunn and Stover each added 13. That scoring attack was not the problem. Turnovers, missed shots, and a weak defense were the ingredients that spelled defeat.

For the Lady Cats, things were much easier.

Before the game, Lady Wildcats Coach Lesley Smith applauded her team for its performances last week and pointed out the improved play of Ashley Matthews, Brittany McCoin, and Britany Smith.

"We had two tough road games and the team played well," she said. "It was good to get those two games behind us.

"When Ashley shoots like she did and Jada (Ledbetter) gets going, we're a pretty good team.

"DeKalb lost a lot of good players last year, and they are not as strong as they were, but our players aren't taking them lightly and want to beat them badly."

And they did. The 64-25 win was the most one-sided win of the season for the Lady Cats, who moved their overall record to 8-2 overall and their district record to 4-0.

DeKalb County got the first 2 points of the night, but that was about as far as the Tigerettes would go.

Mallie Stephens answered the opening bucket with a 3-pointer, and Ledbetter scored 4 more, and the Lady Cats were off and running. At the end of the opening frame, LA led 18-7.

Kendria Kilgore opened the second frame with a basket, Matthews nailed a three, Shelby Taylor made a steal and basket, Matthews ripped another three, and suddenly Livingston was racing out to a 21-5 run and the outcome was already well in hand.

Down the stretch, Coach Smith cleared her bench and Adrian West, Devin Thompson, Amber Welch, Chelsea Carr, and Alissa Sells all managed to get in the scoring column. Matthews led Livingston with 17 points, while Ledbetter added 13, Taylor 8, and Kilgore 7.

After returning from Florida, both teams will get a few days off before hitting the tournament trail shortly after Christmas. The boys will travel to East Literature on December 27-29 while the girls take part in the Beech Holiday Tournament on December 28-30.

The next home game for both teams will be January 5 when Jackson County comes to town.

 

 

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