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LA Wildcats take down Cavaliers, Tigers
Lady Cats fall to Lady Cavs, defeat Lady Tigers
LMS pulls out victory in clash of the Tigers
LMS basketball teams defeat Algood
Thompson scores 15 in win over Fisk

LA Wildcats take down Cavaliers, Tigers



Mac McLeod/OCN Sports
Todd Smith, #12, launches a long range shot as the LA bench and the crowd anticipate a 3-pointer.

By MAC McLEOD,
OCN Sports

When Chase Dunn gets cold and Deven Ramsey gets into foul trouble, it could be a problem for the Livingston Academy Wildcats, but fortunately last week, Dunn went cold in the locker room after the game and Ramsey put his foul problems behind him when it counted and the results were a pair of big wins.

With rival Cookeville and district foe Macon County on the schedule, the Wildcats were looking at two tough opponents. The Cavaliers always present a problem, especially on their home floor and the Tigers were the first district opponents of the season. It was the perfect incentive in both cases.

“It was a big week for us, no doubt,” LA head coach Richard Melton pointed out. “We were 3-2 at the start of the week and we knew both teams would be very good. Against Cookeville we didn’t play well at times, Deven got into foul trouble and for a while it looked like we were just going through the motions. Then in the second half, the third period in particular, we came alive. I thought we stopped gambling a lot on defense and we have worked on that and any time you keep Cookeville under 55 points you have done a good job.”

When it was over, LA had posted a good, 56-46 win.

But in the locker room, Dunn was running around looking for a towel and a warm place to change his cloths. He was cold. Fortunately, the junior guard was hot as scalding water on the floor, hitting the nets for 23 points.

“Where’s your towel,” Melton laughed at his ace player.

“Forgot to bring one, coach,” Dunn replied, “but we’re going to work on that next week.”

Livingston jumped out to a 12-4 lead in the first period and looked to run away with the game, but the bigger Cavaliers came roaring back in the scone frame and held the Wildcats to four points while putting 16 on the boards and took a 20-16 lead to the dressing room at intermission.

Then in the third period, Dunn took charge. With his teammates having problems finding the nets and Ramsey sitting on the sidelines with four fouls, Dunn connected on 14 points in the quarter and put the Wildcats on top with 4:30 remaining in the period. It would be the last time Livingston would trail.

In the third period, LA outscored Cookeville, 22-9, which turned out to be the decisive eight minutes of the game. In the final period, Cookeville scored 17 points but would never challenge the surging Cats.

“I reminded the team at the half that we had worked on defense all week and now was not the time to waste all that hard work,” Melton added.

“Anytime you beat Cookeville on their floor, you’ve done well and if you look at the entire game, we got good play out of a lot of people especially on defense. Chase got his points and that’s critical, but Adam (Wilson) came in for Deven and did a real good job and T.J. (Smith) put a spark in us when we needed it. Then you look at the way Todd (Smith), Clint (West) and Justin (Poston) played and it was a much better effort than it first appeared. I guess that second period made us look a little bad, but they overcame that.”

Jeremy McLearran added eight points in the win while Clint West added seven, T.J. Smith six and Todd Smith, five.

The win over Cookeville marked the end of LA’s first six games, games that Melton had said from the beginning of the season, would be critical.
“We won four and lost two and that was acceptable,” the coach added.

“Anything less would have been disappointing. This is a very good way to head into district play.”

Indeed it was. After six very tough games , the Wildcats would need to be strong mentally and physically to take on a good Macon County team in Lafayette.

And it didn’t start out all that well for the Wildcats. The Tigers scored first and despite falling behind by as many as six at one point, came roaring back to take a 17-15 lead at the end of the first period. Dunn scored nine of the Cats 15 points.

Then in the second period, Ramsey came off the bench and started to take control. He had four critical points during the period while Poston hit a big three point shot and T.J. Smith got a follow up basket at the end of the half to give Livingston a 31-23 half time lead.

“We did get off to a slow start,” Melton admitted after the 68-51, win, “but no one got excited and we rotated our players looking for the right combination. Everyone that came off that bench did a good job.”

With an eight point advantage going into the third period, Livingston appeared to be in control, but just to make sure, Ramsey put on his best performance of the young season.

The big center took complete control inside, pulling down rebound after rebound and put in eight points. Heading into the final frame, the wildcats were up by ten, 46-36, and never looked back.

“For some reason tonight I wasn’t nervous and I didn’t start, maybe that was the key,” the big man pointed out. “I got frustrated at Cookeville, but tonight I felt good, didn’t make any stupid fouls and just tried to play my game. I was having fun out there tonight and just stayed loose. This was a big win for us since it was our first district game and regardless who coach put in there, they played good.”

Ramsey had the game in his pocket. With his dominance inside, the post players and the guards were allowed to do what they do best, block out and score points. Dunn ripped the cords for 24, Ramsey added 12, T.J. Smith had nine, and Todd Smith put up seven. That, added to the hard play of Kendall Melton, Will Peterman, West, Poston and Wilson combined for an impressive win.

“That was a great game for Deven,” Melton added. “We know he can play like that and tonight he did and I’m so happy for him. His play in the third period simply turned the game around. Our bench played well again tonight and we rotated well and played good defense. I don’t know how many steals we got on defense tonight, but it was a pretty impressive number and anytime you force a turnover on getting the ball across the time line you are playing well and tonight we did that three times. It was a good win.”

This week the Wildcats play two more district games with both being at home. On Tuesday night, York comes to the LA gym and on Friday it will be Cannon County.


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Lady Cats fall to Lady Cavs, defeat Lady Tigers



Mac McLeod/OCN Sports
Kendria Kilgore jumps for 2 points against the Lady Cavaliers.

By MAC McLEOD,
OCN Sports

Last week marked several milestones for the Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats basketball team. First off they lost their first game of the season after five straight season opening wins. Secondly, coach Lesley Smith posted her 300th coaching victory Friday night and finally, a rebounding victory following the setback may have put them back on the right track.

“It was a big week for all of us,“ Smith commented Friday. “We were certainly upset by losing to Cookeville. They are a big rival for us and our kids want to beat them so badly and they didn’t. Getting the 300th win was kinda neat, but the big thing last week was we came back from the loss to Cookeville with a win over a very good Macon County team.”

After winning their first five games, the Lady Cats discovered that in basketball, things have a way of turning around. It was more of a bitter pill than the players let on.

“I think the loss hurt us mentally,” Smith added about the 53-32 loss to the Lady Cavaliers. “I tried to down play it as much as I could by telling them that nobody expected them to go undefeated, but I’m not real sure they bought into that. This is a very close, competitive group and even though they knew they wouldn’t go undefeated, they still were going to try.”

A weak second period and a disastrous fourth frame put an end to the five-game winning streak at Cookeville on Tuesday night and it might have been more a case of good Lady Cavalier defense than a poor LA offense.
In any case, the bigger, stronger Lady Cavs rolled to the easy win.

Actually, it didn’t start off all that easy for the eventual winners. Livingston put up a strong defense early and led by three, 7-4, at the end of the first period. Then the tables turned as Cookeville went on a scoring spree in the second frame, posting 15 points while the Lady Cats could only manage seven. At the half, Cookeville led, 19-14.

The two teams played even in the third period, both posting 13 points, but in the final frame, the lid slammed shut on the LA basket allowing only five points while Cookeville ripped the cords for 21.

“I think we were a little intimidated early,” pointed out Kendria Kilgore. “Then, when we got behind late in the game, we made a lot of bad shot selections and nothing fell. We had to shoot, we just didn’t shoot well.”

“We didn’t hit anything there late in the game,” added Adrian West. “It wasn’t because of a lack of effort, it just wasn’t there and probably Cookeville had a lot to do with that. They are a very good team.”

Kilgore had ten points on the night while Alissa Sells added seven, West six and Chelsea Carr five.

If the effort was a little weak on Tuesday, it wasn’t missing Friday when the Lady Cats traveled to Macon County for the season’s first district encounter. When the game was over, LA was back on the winning track with a hard fought 50-48 win and Smith could claim a big milestone in her coaching career with the 300th win.

And the next time the Lady Cats take to the road, you can bet Smith will be sure Kilgore is on the bus.

Against the very physical Tigerettes, Kilgore did everything that could be asked from a player. From rebounding, to defense to scoring, the junior inside player was all hustle as she controlled the boards, both offensively and defensively and ripped the nets for 22 points.

“I guess I played pretty good tonight,” the modest Kilgore admitted. “Macon was a good team and we played a little lazy I thought, but we’re glad to get the win and glad to get out of here.”

From the outset, there was always the question of who would win. Livingston held to a slim, 13-12 lead at the end of the first period as both teams appeared to shoot well. Macon opened with a three pointer and added another midway through the period. West tied the game at three with a long range shot, Sells put LA on top moments later with a three and
Mackenzie Sells upped the lead to 11-8 with a three pointer.

LA opened the second with baskets from Mackenzie Sells and Alyssa Thompson to lead by five, 17-1, but the Tigerettes would not fold. They came back with a pair of baskets and it was then the strong shooting of Kilgore that built the six point, 30-24 halftime lead. Kilgore had 12 points in the period.

Macon County hung close in the third frame, but baskets by Shelby Taylor, Sells, West and Kilgore managed to hold the home team at bay. A shot from the corner at the buzzer by Macon closed the gap to three at 42-39 going to the final period.

With four and a half minutes remaining, Macon tied the game at 46 then went ahead by two , two minutes later. At that point, Alyssa Thompson hit a tremendous three pointer to allow LA to retake the lead with only seconds left and to ice the win, Carr connected on the front end of a one and one situation to set the final score.

“We started slow and they were a very good team, especially at their place,” Smith added. “I thought we played horrible defense at times and we’ll have to do better defensively, but this was a big win and we’re happy to get away with it.”

Kilgore’s 22 points led all scorers while Alissa Sells added seven, Adrian West had six, Mackenzie Sells and Alyssa Thompson each had five and Taylor dropped in four.

This week the Lady Cats will be home to host York on Tuesday night and Cannon County on Friday. Both are district games and all home games will start at 6 p.m.

 

 


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LMS pulls out victory in clash of the Tigers



photo courtesy of Michelle Meadows
Hilham Tigers girls basketball team traveled to Livingston Middle School on Thursday, Nov. 29 to take on LMS Lady Tigers. Hilham fell to LMS, 36-34
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LMS basketball teams defeat Algood

Photo courtesy of Michelle Meadows
Haley Dixon, #24, pulled down a rebound on Monday, Dec. 3 as LMS girls defeated Algood, 43-13. The LMS boys team came away with a 33-17 win as well. The games were played in Algood.

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Thompson scores 15 in win over Fisk

Megan Thompson, of Overton County, scored 15 points in Freed-Hardeman University’s win over Fisk University on Friday, Nov. 30.

The former Livingston Academy basketball player hit five 3-pointers in the win. She also had 3 assists and 3 rebounds.



 

 




 

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