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Childress hits 500 rebound mark
LA Cats roll over Upperman, Macon County
LA Cats place in TTU Golden Eagle Cheer Classic
Lady Cats defeat Macon Co., stung by Lady Bees

Childress hits 500 rebound mark

Sewanee senior Courtney Childress hit the 500 rebound mark for her career on Saturday night, Jan. 12. She has 503 after the night’s game.

The milestone came after Childress had a team-high rebounding performance in Saturday’s loss to Oglethorpe with 11. She had 112 boards at that point.

The Hilham native became only the 50th woman in Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) history to hit the 500 landmark. She is currently 5th in the SCAC in rebounds, and is averaging 8.6 per game.

Sewanee head coach Dickie McCarthy said, “Courtney has been a warrior on the boards for us her entire career. She is such an intelligent player that she always seems to get great position.

“To reach that plateau in rebounds is quite an accomplishment for a player her size.”

Sewanee was 5-8 before facing Hendrix and Millsaps last weekend. The next Tiger home action will be against SCAC foe Southwestern on Friday, Jan. 25.

 


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LA Cats roll over Upperman, Macon County

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Chase Dunn breaks away for a layup against the Bees.

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Jeremy McLearran shoots out of a crowd in LA’s win last week over Upperman’s Bees.

By MAC McLEOD,
OCN Sports

Upperman coach Bobby McWilliams knew he was in trouble long before the opening tip off last Tuesday night at Livingston Academy. Macon County didn’t have a clue Friday night, but found out quickly that when the Livingston Academy Wildcats get on a roll, the best thing to do is sit back and enjoy the show.

“We’re short three starters,” McWilliams confessed before the game. “Two are out sick and one is injured and right now, until we can get them back, we’re just trying to hold on.”

On the other hand, the Wildcats entered the week on a five game winning streak, a 15-4 overall record and a perfect 4-0 District 7 2A mark. When the week ended, all the numbers on the winning side were increased by two.

“This may have been the most enjoyable week I’ve ever had coaching basketball,” LA head coach Richard Melton expressed after Friday’s win over Macon County. “I told the players a long time ago if you hold the other team around 50 points you will win almost every time. We did that in both games this week.”

On the week, Livingston whipped Upperman, 81-51 and almost repeated the score on Macon County Friday night, winning 81-50. From Melton’s standpoint, that was 162-101—a winner every time.

For most of the fans in the packed house on Tuesday, it wasn’t clear just what was going on with Upperman when the Wildcats blasted off to a 19-0 lead before the always strong Bees finally got on the board.

Both coaches knew and for McWilliams it was a nightmare while for Melton it was pure pleasure seeing his team play the game the way it was designed to be played.

Todd Smith opened the scoring for LA and was followed by a basket from Jeremy McLearran. Chase Dunn then nailed a three pointer and followed up with a steal and a coast layup. T.J. Smith then got in the action with a quick basket and Kendall Melton followed with a three pointer. Smith ended the run with a three pointer. At the end of the first quarter, the outcome was already decided with Livingston leading 21-2.

And the uncontrolled beating had only started. Dunn and Justin Poston opened the second quarter with two quick baskets to increase the lead to 25-4 and with one minute remaining the half, led 42-17.

“Everything we threw up there went in,” Clint West later confessed, “and Jeremy and Deven (Ramsey) totally controlled the boards on both ends of the floor. “We knew Upperman was without some of their starters, but that didn’t change the way we went at the game. We wanted to win and it was fun playing like we did.”

When the second half started, Melton went to his bench and before the night was over, every player dressed out saw plenty of action and eleven had put points on the board.

Todd Smith lead the way with eleven, T.J. Smith had ten as did Kendall Melton. The normally high scoring Dunn only accounted for nine in limited playing time, while McLearran and Poston were good for seven, Will Peterman with five, Ramsey, Brad Jackson and Jake Huitt added four Hayden Hill, three and West put in two.

With Upperman disposed of, the Wildcats turned their attention to Macon County, a team they had defeated earlier on the road, 68-51.

“Macon County is always a scrappy team and you can’t take them lightly,” Todd Smith explained before the game. “They are tough at their place and they would love to come here and beat us. They’ve done it before.”

Not this time.

Applying Melton’s theory of holding the opposing team to 50 points and winning, the Wildcats started off right and kept it going all night.

Like Tuesday night, Todd Smith and T.J. Smith threw up five quick points, but the Tigers clawed back to within two early in the first quarter. Macon County then tied the game at seven then stood back and watched McLearran hit for two inside, Melton knock down two free throws, Dunn hit a three then a basket and a free throw, Ramsey power in two inside and T.J. Smith drop in a beauty from the lane. At the end of the first period, Livingston was on top, 21-9 and pulling away.

It was much the same in the second period, as Livingston pumped in 15 points while holding the visitors again to nine markers. The Wildcats held a 36-18 advantage at the intermission.

Midway through the third period, the Cats went on an eleven point run that even a non-basketball fan would have enjoyed. Strong rebounding inside by McLearran and Ramsey and outstanding ball handling and passing by anyone that touched the ball pulled the Cats out to a 59-33 lead going into the final frame.

Melton had used every player on his team by now and it was getting no better for the Tigers.

When it was over, T.J. Smith was the top Wildcat with 23 points followed closely by Dunn with 22. On the season through 21 games, Dunn now has 442 points for a 21 point per game average. Ramsey added eight points for the night, Melton was good for six, Huitt added five and McLearran and West were good for four each .

“I guess we were just bigger then they were,” Ramsey, at 6-8, 250 laughed. “No, not really, we just were totally focused. “Jeremy (McLearran) and I both are playing more intense now inside and that gets the ball out much quicker. With our speed as a team, it usually turns into points on the other end. It’s enjoyable to play like this. We just have to keep it up.”

Dunn took his 22 points in stride and Smith just figured it was another day at the office.

“We played hard and our speed was just too much for them,” Dunn pointed out. “One of these days T.J. and I are going to get that Alley oop shot worked out. We’ve tried it two or three times so far and the timing has been a little off. We can do it in practice.”

“You get on a roll like this and everything goes right for you,” Smith added. “Tonight the shots started falling early and kept falling. I think our defense had a lot to do with the way things went. We played good defense and the offense fell right in place.”

Posting a 17-4 overall record and a perfect 7-0 league mark, the Wildcats will travel to Jamestown Tuesday night to face the always tough York Dragons, a team they defeated 67-51 earlier in the season. Action will return home on Friday for homecoming against DeKalb County.

 


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LA Cats place in TTU Golden Eagle Cheer Classic

Livingston Academy Cheerleaders, CATS participated in TTU Golden Eagle Cheer Classic on January 12. They placed 1st in the small Co-Ed Varsity division. They were also named Grand Champions in the School Cheer division. On hand are, front row from left, Alana Gore, Megan Boles, Lindsay Moore, Heather Ledbetter, Chelsea Hammock, Amanda Howard, back row, Kim Thorpe, Cody Penticuff, Kathy Curtis, Marybeth Winningham, Elizabeth Parsons, Kayla Boles, Jeremiah Jackson, and Amber Frazier.

Cody Penticuff also received 3rd place in the individual toe-touch competition.

 


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Lady Cats defeat Macon Co., stung by Lady Bees



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Shelby Taylor, #5, passes to an LA teammate against Upperman.



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LA’s Chelsea Carr, #23, moves in for a shot while her Lady Wildcats teammates get in position.

By MAC McLEOD,
OCN Sports

It didn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out what happened to the Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats last Tuesday night against arch rival Upperman and it didn’t take a doctor to fix the problem. Just a little time at the movies.

After 19 games so far this season, the Lady Wildcats were strolling trough District 7, 2A with a 17-2 overall record and a perfect 5-0 mark in the district. On the other hand, Upperman, always a power in the league, appeared to be having a little trouble this season and came into Tuesday showdown with a 15-6 overall mark and a 4-1 district record.

‘Before the game, we thought we were ready, but when it was over it was real easy to see how we lost,” explained junior Kendria Kilgore. “Our defense was horrible, just horrible and there’s no other way to explain it.”

Poor defense and a game that was close from start to finish resulted in a 63-55 Upperman win. After watching the game film, the Lady Cats corrected the problem and thrashed Macon County 56-35 Friday in a game many thought would be much closer.

“You know Upperman is tough, they always are,” LA head coach Lesley Smith explained. In a close game like that, you have to keep them from scoring and in the fourth quarter we let it get away with poor defense.

Actually, we didn’t play good defense all night.”

Livingston opened the game with a seven quick points, a pair of buckets by Chelsea Carr and Shelby Taylor then a three point basket by Kilgore.

Upperman came right back to knot the game at seven and it stayed close the remainder of the first quarter. At the buzzer, the Lady Cats held a slim 15-14 advantage.

The Lady Bees took the lead early in the second period, but a strong offensive run by Livingston gave the Lady Cats a six point advantage at 28-22. During the run, baskets by Adrian West, Kilgore and Mackenzie Sells helped pull the home team ahead, but at intermission, the Lady Bees had closed the gap to three, 35-32.

“We were at home and we should have played a much better second half,” Taylor later admitted. “We got ahead there in the third period and should have been able to hold on, but in the fourth period, we simply let it get away. That hurts.”

Livingston went ahead by five late in the third period on a pair of Alissa Sells’ three pointers, but again Upperman refused to fold and made several easy baskets late in the period to knot the score at 47 going into the final eight minutes.

In the final period, Livingston stayed close as the two teams traded baskets early, but down the stretch, the Lady Bees scored the last eight points six from the foul line, for the eight point margin of victory.

Alissa Sells and Kilgore paced the Lady Wildcats with 14 points each while West had ten, Taylor and Mackenzie each added six and Carr had five.

“After watching the game film, it was pretty clear what happened against Upperman,” Carr pointed out before Friday game with Macon County.

“We’ll do better tonight.”

When the two teams clashed back in late November, Livingston had to hold on for a nail-biting 50-48 win and it was expected to be another close contest this time.

No so.

In a game that proved to be “no contest” the refired Lady Cats poured on the defense and breezed to an easy 56-35 district win.

“We worked so hard on defense this week I think we just about forgot how to shoot,” Smith grinned after the game. “I keep telling them if they don’t let the other team score, they will win every time and tonight they took it to heart. It was a very good defensive effort. Now maybe we can practice a little shooting .”

Putting on a torrid man-to-man defense from the opening tip, the Lady Cats forced eight turnovers in the first period, 22 for the night and hit 21 of 26 shot from the foul line to cruise to the win.

In the opening period, Livingston held the Tigerettes to only five points, seven in the second and third periods, then cleared the bench.

“That’s the way you are suppose to play defense,” Kilgore later explained. “We didn’t shoot all that well tonight, but coach has been telling us that if we don’t let the other team score, we don’t have to score as many ourselves. She’s right.”

Livingston jumped out to a 14-5 first period advantage and led comfortably, 26-12 at intermission. A 14-7 third period performance allowed the Lady Cats to allow everybody to get in on the action in the final period.

“I thought Macon would be tougher, but I think most of it had to do with the way we played defense tonight,” Smith concluded. “Now we face a very strong York team at York on Tuesday. I hope they remember everything they did tonight.”

Alissa Sells paced the winners with 12 points while West added eleven, Kilgore and Carr with six, Tori Stocking added five and Taylor and Mackenzie Sells each had four.

Livingston will take an 18-3 overall mark and a 6-1 record to Jamestown Tuesday night.

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