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Heather Cantrell scores 1,000th point in basketball
Kat Nigro named toAll-State Soccer Team
LA Wildcats defeat Bobcats in Byrdstown
Lady Wildcats take 3 more victories
LMS, Rickman basketball teams compete on Nov. 26
Thompson scores 21 in FHU win

Heather Cantrell scores 1,000th point in basketball

Heather Cantrell was honored Monday, Nov. 26 for scoring her 1,000th point in a Hilham Elementary School game against Hermitage Springs played Thursday, Nov. 8. The 8th grader was given a basketball marking the milestone.


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Kat Nigro named to All-State Soccer Team

For the first time in Livingston Academy girls soccer history, one of their own, Kat Nigro, #9, was named to the 2007 All-State Team. Nigro finished her first season at LA with 33 goals and 21 assists.
Even though the high school season for the girls has ended, she continues playing soccer. Nigro has just returned from playing interregional, international games in Florida, where she was chosen to participate in the next national games in California in February. She will also be participating in the Disney Wide World of Sports games in December, along with her scheduled games in Alabama, North Carolina, Mississippi, Kentucky, Ohio, and Tennessee.

 

 


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LA Wildcats defeat Bobcats in Byrdstown

Mac McLeod/OCN Sports
Chase Dunn, #24, makes a move past a Pickett County defender in last week’s road victory.

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T.J. Smith fires a long shot for LA against Pickett County.

By MAC McLEOD,
OCN Sports

With a 3-2 record on the books and the first five games behind them, the Livingston Academy Wildcats may have finally found what coach Richard Melton was looking for back before the season started.

“We knew the first six games would be tough,” Melton explained after the weekend Thanksgiving Classic Tournament in Franklin, TN. “We are 3-2 and face a tough game Tuesday in Cookeville. If we can get by Cookeville I will be pleased, but we still should have won both the games we lost simply because we could have and should have played better.”

Going into the last week’s three game stretch, the Wildcats were 1-1 with a win over Loudon and a loss to CPA. Two wins and a tough loss later, things seem to be settling into place for the powerful Cats.

“I think we ‘re playing pretty good now,” 6-7 center Deven Ramsey points out. “We are still fouling way too much and make too many mental mistakes, but our game with Independence really showed we can play with anybody if we do it right.”

Ramsey may have been right on the money with his assessment of the veteran LA team.

After picking up 28 fouls in a very physical game with Pickett County to open the week, the Wildcats added 25 more Friday night against Centennial of Franklin. A win and a loss were the results. Against Independence, Livingston cut down on the fouls and cruised to a 15 point win.

On the week, the Wildcats got by Pickett County, 78-56 then dropped a ten point, 82-72 game to Centennial before bouncing back to knock off Independence, 74-59.

As expected, the game Tuesday night at Pickett County was a physical one and it wasn’t until the fourth period that the outcome was determined.

Opening up a 14-6 lead in the first period, it looked as if things would go smoothly for Livingston, but the scrappy Bobcats claw edtheir way back and trailed by only four, 31-27 at the half. In the meantime, Ramsey had picked up three personal fouls as had Todd Smith and Clint West was close behind with two.

Ramsey picked up his fourth foul right off the bat in the third frame and had to sit down, but Adam Wilson came off the bench to do a very creditable job of controlling the inside. In the meantime, Chase Dunn and Jeremy McLearran were keeping the Wildcats ahead with timely baskets and defensively, the visitors were holding Pickett County to only seven points. The 21-7 output in the third period would eventually spell the difference.

On the night, Dunn canned 24 points and McLearran would add 14 and T.J. Smith would hit for 13.

Against Centennial on Friday, the Wildcats ran into a strong 3A opponent, but had several chances to win.

“I could never get them to do what I wanted them to do,” a disappointed Melton explained. “We seemed like we were running all over the place and not getting anywhere. We didn’t play good defense, made a ton of mental mistakes and never seemed to get into the rhythm of the game.”

After falling behind by five points at the outset of the contest, the Wildcats battled back and trailed by four, 20-16 at the end of the first period. Dunn had eight points in the period and Wilson, coming off the bench to keep Ramsey for getting into early foul trouble, added four.

Wilson hit the first four LA points of the second period and T.J. Smith hit a big three pointer to pull the Wildcats to with one at 24-23, then Ramsey added a bucket from in close and Todd Smith nailed another three pointer and with just over four minutes remaining in the half, Livingston took its first and only lead of the night, 32-28.

At intermission, Centennial had climbed back on top, 39-36.
A weak third period closed the door on the Wildcats and down the stretch, Centennial connected on six straight free throws to pull out to the ten point win.

“We made too many turnovers and just didn’t get enough rebounds,” T.J. Smith pointed out after the game. I don’t think we shot all that badly and Centennial is a very good team, but we just didn’t play all that well either. I think we could have won, but we didn’t so we’ll have to bounce back and get ready for Independence.”

Smith had 15 points on the night including a pair of three’s. Dunn lead the LA attack with 23 points including three three’s and Wilson got twelve while Ramsey was good for eleven.

Saturday’s game with Independence was crucial and the Wildcats responded.

“It was important that we bounce back Saturday,” Melton said. “I thought we should have beaten Centennial and we didn’t. We played some very good teams early, but we didn’t play them to lose. We weren’t in control Friday and I thought it was very important that we play well Saturday and win for several reasons. I was tired of saying ‘they were very good’ I wanted to say we beat them.”

Independence brought a very big and physical team to the game, but the skilled Cats got back in rhythm and came off with the victory.

“They were a very big team, “ Ramsey pointed out. “It looked like everybody out there was 6-4, but we finally got going in the right direction. We shot well and played much better inside. Our defense also was much better.”

Livingston led at intermission, 34-32 and actually fell behind in the third period before coming on strong late in the game to take the win.

Dunn led the scoring attack with 29 pints while Ramsey added 14 and Todd Smith threw in ten. On the season after five game, the hot shooting Dunn is averaging 23 points per game.

“Tuesday’s game with Cookeville will end our first six game set,” Melton explained. “If we come away with a 4-2 record I will be pleased, but Cookeville is big and strong and we will have to play well if we expect to win. We will have to be physical inside and it will be very important to control the tempo of the game. It’s always tough at Cookeville, but hopefully, these first five games have toughened us up to the point we can face anybody and be confident we can play with them.



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Lady Wildcats take 3 more victories

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Livingston Academy’s Shelby Taylor, #5, looks for an open teammate in last Tuesday’s road win.


By MAC McLEOD,
OCN Sports

Sometimes coaches just feel that they are trying to get so many points across they either forget something or have at worst, confused their players to a point where there’s simply too many things to absorb.

Such could be the case for the Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats.

With a team that has no seniors and a lot of freshmen, both head coach Lesley Smith and assistant Lora Franklin many times wonder if they players can remember all the things they are suppose to be doing.

Just before the Lady Cats went on the floor Saturday night against Tennessee High School of Bristol in the second night of the Thanksgiving Classic in Shelbyville, Franklin wanted to give last minutes instructions “just in case”.

“Don’t worry coach, “ junior Kendria Kilgore informed her coach, “we got it all.”

Indeed they did and went out and put an impressive 56-35 whipping on their opponents to complete a three game sweep for the week and upped their early season record to an impressive 6-0.

“We are playing well right now,” Smith pointed out after the week’s contest. “Our defense is playing much better at this point in the season than I thought they would be playing and our offense has been well balanced.
Right now, we’re well pleased at where we are.”
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While the defense held opponents to only a 46 point per game average over the tough three games last week, the offense rolled up a strong 60 points per contest.

Livingston started the week with a big 75-52 win over rival Pickett County on Tuesday in Byrdstown, then went to Shelbyville and beat Greenville High 50-40 on Friday then concluded the week with a 56-35 win over Tennessee High.

In the opener against Pickett, the Lady Cats rolled out to a 17-11 lead in the first period, held a 12 point advantage at half time then nailed down the lid with an impressive 18-5 fourth period performance.

Alissa Sells was the big offensive gun with 25 points while Adrian West added fifteen. Shelby Taylor and Kilgore each added nine in a very physical contest.

“Some nights you get a hot shooting hand and some nights you go cold,” Sells explained after the contest. “Tonight it just felt good and it seemed everything I threw up there went in. Some nights it’s just fun and tonight was one of those nights.”

While Sells had the hot hand on Tuesday night, it was Taylor’s turn on Friday. After going scoreless for the entire first half, the sophomore guard found the hot hand in the second half and poured in 17 markers.

“Shelby finally found the range in the second half Friday night and it was so much fun watching her,” Smith pointed out. “We were playing very good defense as a team then she started hitting her shots and there was no stopping her. That was fun.”

Taylor got help from Sells who added 14 points while West had six, Mackenzie Sells, five, Kilgore hit for four and Alyssa Thompson and Mallory Mahaney each hit for two.

“The way things went in the second half just happened,” Taylor explained. “My teammates got me open and when I was open it seemed I couldn’t miss. Once I started hitting everything, they got the ball to me as much as they could.”

And while Taylor had the hot hand offensively, it was a strong defensive showing that spelled the difference. Greenville took a 12-8 lead in the first period, but the LA defense shut them down in the second frame with only six points while scoring 13 of their own. In the final two periods, LA scored 29 points while holding Greenville High to only 22.

And it was much the same story on Saturday against Tennessee High except Livingston jumped out to a 20-10 lead in the first period, led 36-18 at intermission and never looked back.

Kilgore and West each had 15 points in the win while Chelsea Carr hit for nine, Alissa Sells had seven, Mahaney added six and Mackenzie Sells closed with four.

“Going into the game, my biggest concern was turning the ball over too much,” Smith said. “We overcame that problem and that was good.

Defensively, our guards put so much pressure on them and that really made a big difference. It’s good to know that offensively, we can score, but just as important, our defense can also win for us. This week was a good test for us. We played the number 3 team in East Tennessee and beat them and that builds confidence.

“Against Tennessee High, Chelsea finally started doing the things we knew she could always do but just hasn’t been doing them. She took control and started making shots.

Our defense again came on strong and we are getting the feeling that no matter who’s on the floor, they can get the job done. That’s very important with a team this young and they have responded well to starting and subbing,” the coach continued.

This week the Lady Cats take their perfect 5-0 record to always tough Cookeville Tuesday night then will travel to Macon County on Friday for the first district contest of the season.

“Cookeville is a very good team and they are always tough at their place,” Smith added. “It will be another very good test for us.”

One small item that shouldn’t be overlooked in the three wins last week was the fact that during the tournament in Shelbyville, the team spent the night on the road.

“We just did that to get a little experience of not only playing on the road, but staying on the road,” Smith laughed. “You know that when you get to the state finals, you have to spend several nights in Murfreesboro.”

Just planning ahead.

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LMS, Rickman basketball teams compete on Nov. 26



Photo courtesy of Michelle Meadows
Taylor Meadows puts up a shot as LMS and Rickman girls basketball teams competed on Monday, Nov. 26. LMS squeezed by the Lady Bulldogs, 27-26. LMS was victorious in boys basketball action as well, defeating Rickman by a score of 42-30.



Thompson scores 21 in FHU win

Overton County native Megan Thompson scored 21 points in Freed-Hardeman University’s win over Georgetown College in Georgetown, KY, on Tuesday, Nov. 20.

The former Livingston Academy basketball player hit five 3-pointers and went 4 for 4 at the free throw line. She also had 2 steals and a rebound in the win.

 




 

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