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LA players receive All-District honors
Cats defeat opponents by combined 60 points
Lady Cats win in Woodbury, fall at Baxter
LA Wildcats win 66-59 over Cookeville Cavs
Lady Cats lose barn burner to Cookeville Lady Cavaliers


LA players receive All-District honors

By Mac McLeod,
OCN Sports

With the regular season in its final week, District 7-AA basketball coaches and assistants met Monday in Cookeville to set tournament pairings and name post-season honors for individual coaches and players.

Seven girls and six boys from Livingston Academy received post-season honors, while both LA coaches, Lesley Smith and Richard Melton, shared Coach of the Year honors.

Top honors in boys play went to Livingston’s Chase Dunn who was named District 7-AA Most Valuable Player. Dunn, a junior, had scored 581 points as of Monday’s meeting and a total of 1,582 points in his career as a Wildcat. Dunn led his team to an undefeated 12-0 district mark that included the league’s championship.

Sophomore T.J. Smith was the other Wildcat named to this year’s first team and was joined on the squad by Carrin Nash of Upperman, Austin Kemp of Macon County, Travis Woodward of DeKalb County, and Will Wakefield of Smith County.

Senior Wildcat Todd Smith was named to the second team, and junior Clint West took a spot on the third team. Senior Jeremy McLearran received an honorable mention. West also took top honors as Defensive Player of the Year.

Melton, last year’s Coach of the Year, will share that honor this year with Upperman’s Bobby McWilliams. Melton guided his team to a perfect 12-0 district mark while McWilliams’ Upperman Bees posted an 8-4 record.

Livingston’s Kendria Kilgore made first team District 7-AA in girls honors. Kilgore, a junior, helped her Lady Wildcats to a 9-3 district record and a third place finish in the league.

Kilgore was joined on the first team by Kaycie Ferriss from Smith County, Karissa Dyer from Upperman, and Molly Eacret and Rachel Brown from York Institute.

Two Lady Wildcats, Alissa Sells and Mackenzie Sells, were named to the district’s second team, and Adrian West and Shelby Taylor grabbed spots on the third team. West was also named on the district defensive team and shared Most Improved Player honors with Upperman’s Dyer.

Rounding out honors for the Lady Wildcats were Mackenzie Sells and Mallory Mahaney who were both placed on the freshman team, and Chelsea Carr received honorable mention.

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Cats defeat opponents by combined 60 points

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LA’s Chase Dunn flies toward the basket for a Wildcats’ score.

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Clint West breaks away for an easy layup in Friday’s win over Upperman’s Bees in Baxter.

By Dewain E. Peek,
OCN Sports

Number one in the district and knowing that couldn’t change, Livingston Academy’s Wildcats ripped through two District 7-AA games last week, outscoring their opponents by a combined 60 points.

First up on the week was a trip to Woodbury on Tuesday, Feb. 5 to take on Cannon County’s Lions.

“We played well,” LA Wildcats Coach Richard Melton said. “We got some young kids in who don’t play a lot, and that was good. We got to get everybody in, and they played pretty well.”

A 23-4 first period set the pace for the game. Todd Smith opened the scoring with a 3-pointer and had 8 for the quarter, including another 3-pointer.

LA then scored 8 straight points to begin the second quarter before Cannon County ended a 21-point run by the Wildcats. The Wildcats led 37-12 at halftime, and had all the points they needed to win the game.

When the score ran up to 51-17 in the third period, the continuous clock was instituted, though it isn’t supposed to be used until the fourth period. The Cats outscored the Lions 16-5 in the third.

LA’s bench took the floor in the fourth quarter and outscored the Lions 16-14 to cap the 69-31 district win.

No Cannon County player scored in double figures.

Chase Dunn led LA with 14, followed by Deven Ramsey with 13 and Todd Smith with 11, including three 3-pointers.

T.J. Smith scored 7 points, including a 3-pointer, Jeremy McLearran and Will Peterman scored 6 each, Brad Jackson scored 3 points, Clint West, Jake Huitt, Kailin Melton, and Adam Wilson each scored 2 points, and Justin Poston hit a free throw.

Next up was a trip to Baxter on Friday, Feb. 8 to take on Upperman High School’s Bees in a battle of number one versus number two.

Before the game, Coach Melton said of Upperman, “They’ll be a different team than they were at Livingston. They had about four starters out at Livingston, so we’ll have to play well. They are pretty good.

“They’ll probably be out for revenge.”

But wanting and getting are two different things, and no matter how much the Bees may have wanted revenge, they weren’t going to get it – not on this night.

A close start, 14-12 at the end of the first period, fell by the wayside in the second quarter as the Cats blasted in 31 points to take a 45-24 lead at halftime.

A 13-8 third quarter put an end to any hope the Bees had. LA scored 18 points in the fourth period to Upperman’s 22 for a 76-54 Wildcatsí victory.

Chase Dunn scored 23 points in the second period alone, and ended the game with 32, including four 3-pointers.

T.J. Smith also scored in double figures with 10 points, including two 3-pointers. Deven Ramsey scored 8 points, Clint West scored 6, Will Peterman 5, including a 3-pointer, Todd Smith 5, Kendall Melton 3, Justin Poston hit a 3-pointer, and Jake Huitt and Jeremy McLearran each scored 2 points.

Upperman fell to 17-10, 8-4, and LA moved to 23-4 overall and a perfect 12-0 in the district.

Now the district will reset for this week’s District 7-AA Tournament, but LA will be the beneficiary of a first round bye as the regular season champs.

Looking toward the tournament, Coach Melton said, “Every game’s big. When you go in first, everybody wants to beat you. Every game will be tough.

“We match up differently with different teams. It’s all about matchups. Some of the teams that are fourth and fifth actually played us as close as the teams in second and third. So, you can’t take any of them for granted.

“You better be ready every time.”

Chase Dunn scored 46 points on the week to move to 581 on the season and 1,582 in his career.

As the top team in District 7-AA, the Cats will not play in the District Tournament at Tennessee Tech’s Hooper Eblen Center until 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 when they take on the winner of the DeKalb County-York game.The championship game is set for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, with a consolation game set for 6 p.m. that night.

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Lady Cats win in Woodbury, fall at Baxter

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Alissa Sells brings the ball around for Livingston Academy in Friday’s loss at Baxter High School.

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LA’s Shelby Taylor and Chelsea Carr close in on a Lady Bee.

By Dewain E. Peek,
OCN Sports

Needing a win to force a 3-way tie for the top spot in District 7-AA, Livingston Academy’s Lady Wildcats hit the road to Baxter on Friday, Feb. 8 to face Upperman’s Lady Bees.

LA took control early in the first period, but Upperman soon adjusted to cut the Lady Wildcats’ lead to 14-10 at the end of the quarter.

Second quarter scoring gave the edge to Livingston Academy, topped by a buzzer beating 3-pointer by Alissa Sells that gave the Lady Wildcats a 32-25 halftime advantage.

But the Lady Cats barely fended off Upperman in the third period, scoring only 7 points as the Lady Bees poured in 12 to narrow the lead to 39-37.
Winning the battle of the boards for most of the quarter, the Baxter team took charge in the fourth quarter and pulled out a 4-point, 61-57, victory over Livingston.

Upperman, now at 24-6 overall and 11-1 in the district, had won sole possession of the regular season district title, and a first round bye as the top team in this week’s District 7-AA Tourament.

Falling to 22-5 overall and 9-3 in the district, Livingston Academy is now relegated to third seed in the upcoming tournament.

LA was led in scoring by Kendria Kilgore with 26 points, including two 3-pointers. Adrian West scored 13 points, including three 3-pointers, and Alissa Sells also scored in double figures with 11, including two 3-pointers. Chelsea Carr added 5 points, including a 3-pointer, and Mackenzie Sells scored 2.

Friday’s game was much different than the Tuesday, Feb. 5 game at Woodbury against District 7-AA opponent Cannon County. Livingston Academy came into the contest ranked 8th in the mid-state, and the Lady Lions were not even on the radar.

Livingston Academy dominated every area of the game, culminating in the continuous clock being instituted after a Tori Stocking free throw have LA a 35-point lead in the fourth quarter. A continuous clock means that the clock only stops for shooting fouls, time-outs, injuries, or technical fouls.

LA won the cake walk 77-54.

Despite the overwhelming loss, Cannon County still had a decent overall record at 17-8, though still a bit outgunned in the district at 5-6.

Kendria Kilgore led in scoring with 17 points, followed by 14 from Adrian West and 13 from Alissa Sells.

Mackenzie Sells scored 8 points, Chelsea Carr 6, Shelby Taylor, Mallory Mahaney, and Tori Stocking 4 points each, Samantha Maya 3, and Alyssa Thompson and Taylor Eldridge with 2 each.

LA will play the winner of the Macon County-DeKalb County game at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15 in the District 7-AA Tournament at Tennessee Tech’s Hooper Eblen Center. A win would place the Lady Cats in the semifinal against York Institute at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16. The championship game is set for 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, with a consolation game set for 6 p.m. that night.

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LA Wildcats win 66-59 over Cookeville Cavs

By Mac McLeod,
OCN Sports

Rolling into the final game of the regular season Monday night against Cookevile on a thirteen game winning streak, the Wildcats did everything they could to keep the score close, but in the end, came away with a 66-59 victory and ended the campaign with a 24-4 record.

“It wasn’t pretty, but it was a win,” Coach Melton explained after the game.

“Give Cookeville credit for a lot of the mistakes we made. They are a good defensive team, but the way we played helped them some as well. It wasn’t our best performance of the season, but we did what we set out to do and now we need to sharpen our game a little and get ready for the tournament later this week.”

In the first meeting of the two teams back in late November, Livingston posted a ten-point, 56-46 victory. This time around, LA never led by more than eight and for most of the game it was only five and sometimes three.

Clint West opened the Wildcat scoring with a basket after Cookeville had taken a 4-0 lead and moments later, Kendall Melton nailed a three pointer and T.J. Smith followed quickly with another three and LA was on top and never trailed. At the end of the first period, Livingston held a 15-11 lead.

Todd Smith’s three early in the second period followed by a Dunn basket gave the Wildcats a 20-13 led, but the Cavaliers managed to keep things close until Deven Ramsey and Melton combined for another five point spurt for a 25-18 advantage. Four straight points by the visitors in the final seconds of the half closed the gap to 32-29 at intermission.

Dunn came alive in the third period, hitting three straight three pointers, but at the end of the period, the Cavaliers were still within striking distance at 48-43.

In the final period Ramsey was strong with eight points and Dunn put in nine to keep Cookeville at bay.

“Deven and (Will) Peterman really played well tonight,” Melton added. We missed a lot of easy layups early in the game, but I give Cookeville a lot of credit for that. It was a good regular season, but now comes the real deal in tournament play. From here on, every game counts and at some point, when you lose, you go home. We don’t want to go home until we’ve been through Murfreesboro.”

On the night, Dunn had 22 points to bring his season total to 603 and a career total of 1,601 that puts him in fourth place on the all time Livingston Academy scoring chart. Ramsey pulled down seven rebounds in the game in addition to his 14 points. Todd Smith had seven points while Melton and Peterman each added six. T.J. Smith had six steals.

The Wildcats next game will be Saturday in the district tournament in Cookeville at 8:30 p.m.

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Lady Cats lose barn burner to Cookeville Lady Cavaliers

By Mac McLeod,
OCN Sports

When they met back in November, the Cookeville girls gave the Lady Wildcats their worst beating of the season, 53-32. Most bets Monday night were it could easily be more of the same.

Riding a 13-game winning streak and boasting a 21-6 season mark, the Lady Cavaliers also brought along much more inside and outside height and a very strong inside game. If the Lady Cats were to have any chance at all, it would have to come from good outside shooting.

Adrian West answered that question early as she nailed three, three pointers at the outset of the game and gave Livingston a 14-12 first quarter lead. But then the much bigger Lady Cavaliers took over and at intermission, the Lady Cats trailed, 33-28.

Both teams played a good first half, but the best was yet to come.

Before Cookeville would claim a two point, 65-63 win, they would have the battle of the season on their hands and most of the full house on hand to watch the game had long since left their seats to stand and get a better look.

“We played a great game,” assistant coach Lora Franklin later pointed out.

“Had we not missed eight free throws, which we don’t normally do, it could have been a very different outcome. Our kids played their hearts out tonight and if we can take that kind of effort to the tournament next week we will be just fine.”

Chelsea Carr opened the third period with a three pointer and pulled the Lady Cats to within two at 33-31. After a Cookeville basket, Alissa Sells answered with another three and West did likewise. The only problem was, Cookeville was scoring on the other end and late in the period went on a 7-0 run to take a 49-40 lead into the final eight minutes.

But the “never say die” Lady Cats refused to go away. Mallory Mahaney slammed down a pair of three pointers to open the final period. Mackenzie Sells then added seven straight points for LA and with 3:20 remaining in the game, Livingston took a 54-53 lead. Their first and only lead of the game.

Kendria Kilgore and Mackenzie Sells kept the game close and a NBA three pointer by Alissa Sells with 20 second remaining in the game, tied the score at 63. A pair of free throws on the other end of the court with only seven seconds remaining would turn out to be the margin of victory for Cookeville.

“It was a great comeback for our team and I’m very proud of the entire effort,” head coach Lesley Smith said. “We’ve had a very good season (22-6) considering we are a very young team and we graduated five seniors who started last year. We can take off a few days now and get ready for the tournament. We need the rest.”

Mackenzie Sells paced the Lady Cats with 20 points while Kilgore added 14 and West was good for 12.




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