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Awards presented at LA Football Banquet
Cats claw Cavaliers, declaw Macon Tigers
Lady Cats upend Cavaliers in OT

Awards presented at LA Football Banquet


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Livingston Academy juniors Brannon McCoin and Talon Sircy were named to the Region 4-3A All-Region Team. The two were honored at the Livingston Academy Wildcats Football Banquet held Saturday, Dec. 6.


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Livingston Academy seniors Josh Scott and Jacob Collins were presented the Leadership Award during the Livingston Academy Wildcats Football Banquet held Saturday, Dec. 6.


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Stenson Smith was named to the Region 4-3A All-Academic Team.


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Cats claw Cavaliers, declaw Macon Tigers


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Will Peterman dribbles down the court while holding off a Cookeville Cavalier defender in Tuesday’s home win.


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Chase Dunn flies toward the net in the win over the Cavs.

By Mac McLeod,
OCN Sports

It took three full quarters and part of a fourth for the Livingston Academy boys to finally decide what to do with a good and physical team from Cookeville on Tuesday night, Dec. 2. It only took a few minutes Friday to let the Macon County Tigers know that once again, the Wildcats will be the team to beat this season in District 7-AA.

And to make matters worse for opponents, neither LA coach Richard Melton, or most of his talented team were pleased at the way they played in either game despite one-sided scores in both.

Well , maybe not in both, but after clawing and fighting for three periods Tuesday, Livingston finally turned on the head and pulled away from Cookeville in a close contest to win by 15, 74-59, while Macon County found themselves down by as many as 40 points in the second half and only a bench clearing by the Wildcats kept the spread from perhaps 100.

“We’re not doing the things we should be doing at the this point of the season,” explained senior guard Clint West. “We’re not rebounding well, blocking out, following through on shots, just all kinds of things that if we correct, will make us better.

“Being 6-0 is a good thing, but we still have a ways to go before we will be as good as we’re capable of being. “

Melton felt much the same way at the end of the week.

“Tuesday we were horrible, but there were bright spots, like Brad Jackson,” Melton pointed out. “We have a lot of things we still need to work on and Tuesday pointed that out. “

As for Jackson, he knows there are things he and his teammates need to work on, but right now the junior post player is have fun and also getting results.

In Tuesday’s win Jackson had 13 points and 10 rebounds and Friday, seeing limited playing time, he had seven points and seven rebounds.

“It’s hard for me to believe I’m playing with these guys and actually making a contribution,” Jackson smiled after Friday’s game. “It’s a thrill for me. I just hope it keeps on going and I can hopefully make a difference.”

“He’s definitely making a difference in my case,” center Deven Ramsey said. “First, he’s playing so good now, he might take my job, but more importantly, his play has allowed me to be more aggressive, which is a good thing. I’m glad to see him playing so well.”

Jackson’s play was a definite factor in Tuesday’s contest with Cookeville. Livingston led 18-14 at the end of the first period and by only two, 30-28, at intermission. First half play was not very impressive, but it was physical.

A couple three-pointers by Chase Dunn in the third period kept the game close and LA was on top 48-46 going to the final eight minutes.

With a little over five minutes remaining in the game, and the Wildcats holding a slim two point lead, Jackson charged the-boards and pulled down a big rebound then put the ball back up for a two-pointer. It changed the game.

“I can’t explain what happened there,” West pointed out, “but it just turned things around.”

At that point LA led by four, then Kendall Melton hit followed by a basket from Will Peterman, a three-pointer from T.J. Smith and the race was on. In the final five minutes, Livingston outscored the visitors 23-13 and won going away, 74-59.

Dunn paced the winners with 26 points while Jackson added 13, Peterman 12, West nine, and Smith with seven.

Things had calmed down by Friday night and about the only big question was how many points would Dunn add to his total in his quest for the school scoring record. With 18 assists on the week, it appeared the talented senior wasn’t really interested in a record, but only wins.

“If it happens, it happens,” the unselfish Dunn explained after Friday’s game “Right now, its much more important that we start playing better as a team. The talent is here, we have just got to be more efficient using it.”

On the week, Dunn scored 46 points, giving him a career total of 1,929 points. He now needs only 321 to tie his coach, Richard Melton, for career total of 2,250 .

In Friday’s game, LA led, 16-4 at the end of the first frame and outscored Macon County 24-17 in the second period. At the end of the third period though, what was a 20-point halftime lead had turned into a 40 rout.

Dunn led the scoring with 20 points while Smith added 15. Ramsey put in 11 including a nice three-pointer in the early going. Jackson was good for seven, Peterman added six, and West three. Justin Poston was credited with four assists.

“Right now, I really think it’s a matter of just fine tuning things,” Melton concluded. “We should know by now what we can do and we’re good enough to know we’re not doing it right now. It’s still early in the season.”

After a trip to Jamestown on Tuesday, Dec. 9, the Wildcats will be at Cannon County on Friday, Dec. 12, and are scheduled to play at Ensworth on Saturday, Dec. 13.

Livingston Academy will host DeKalb County’s Tigers on Tuesday, Dec. 16.




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Lady Cats upend Cavaliers in OT


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Diminutive Shelby Taylor leaps over a Macon County defender for a basket in the home win.

By Mac McLeod,
OCN Sports

“The three in overtime should have made me feel a little better,” Alissa Sells reluctantly explained, “but it didn’t. I missed those two free throws in regulation and I don’t recall ever missing two straight.

“When I hit the three, the only thing I could think of was if I had made the free throws we wouldn’t even be in overtime.”

It all took place Tuesday night, Dec. 2 at the Livingston Academy gym against old foe Cookeville, and it turned out to be perhaps the most exciting game of the young season. After a back and fourth battle and a late surge in overtime coming from eight points, the Lady Cats finally managed to topple
the Lady Cavaliers in a one-point 54-53 decision.

“It was an exciting game for sure,” Sells went on to explain. “It never got spread out much except right at the start of overtime and I knew I had a chance to end it in regulation. I’m just glad we came back and won the game. That made it a little easier.”

Friday night in the opening district 7-AA contest against Macon, Sells wanted to make sure the outcome didn’t go down to a free throw or any other close possibility. In the first period the long range shooting senior nailed three straight threes, slammed home four more in the third period, and fell just one short of tying the school record of eight in a 65-22 one-sided romp over the Lady Tigers.

“Tonight, they just started going in and after the first or second one, I didn’t even think of it, I just took the shot. If I was open and had the ball, I just shot. It was kinda nice. Much better than Monday night.”

On the night, the Lady Cats made 11 of 24 shots from three-point range while a torrid defense limited the visitors to only 18 shots all night.

“It was a very good week for us,” LA head coach Lesley Smith pointed out. “Make that a great week since we beat Cookeville.”

Against Cookeville on Tuesday, Livingston jumped to a 9-6 lead in the first period and led at intermission, 19-17. In the third period, things went back and fourth with LA leading by two, 32-30, at the start of the final frame.

Shelby Taylor, who played one of her best games ever, opened the final eight minutes with a steal and layup to give her team a four-point lead.

Samantha Maya kept the Lady Cats ahead with a basket seconds later, then Sells made an old fashion three, a basket and free throw to put Livingston ahead 39-37 with five minutes to go. Taylor hit two free throws with less than a minute remaining to put her team up by three, 45-42, the biggest lead in the final three minutes.

A three from Cookeville knotted the score at 45 with 29 second remaining then Livingston decided to wait for the final shot. Sells made her move with four seconds showing and was fouled as she went up for the shot.

The two missed free throws forced the overtime and Cookeville looked as if it had played around enough. The Lady Cavaliers ripped in the first eight points to lead 53-45.

Sells then brought the Lady Cats to life with a three, Adrian West followed with a free throw, Mallory Mahaney slammed home a big basket from the left corner then added a free throw, and Kendria Kilgore ended the night’s scoring with a pair of free for the one-point win.

Cookeville had scored the first eight points of the overtime period and Livingston scored the next nine.

“That was some victory,” Taylor smiled after the game. “It didn’t look good when they scored those first eight points, but our defense came alive, and with each point we made we got more confident. It was definitely a very big win for us.”

Taylor led Livingston with 16 points followed by 12 from Kilgore, 11 from Sells, seven from Maya, five from Mahaney, two from Alyssa Thompson, and one from West.

“We really played hard tonight,” Smith went on to add. “Shelby played one of the best games of her career and it was good to see Mackenzie (Sells) and Adrian (West) back on the floor. Coming from eight down in overtime and winning by one is a sign of a very determined team, and tonight we were determined. I was real proud of the effort.”

With Cookeville out of the way, it was time to look to district play on Friday with Macon County coming to town.

“It’s a district game and all district games are important,” West said before the game. “To keep playing late in the season, you need to win the district.”
That proved not to be much of a problem. Livingston jumped out to a 9-5 lead in the first period on Sells’ three three-pointers. Just about everybody got in on the act in the second frame including Mackenzie Sells who scored her first points of the season. A three by Thompson, free throws by Tori Stocking, and a couple normal buckets by Alissa Sells put the Lady Cats up 28-9 at intermission.

Things went from bad to worse for the visitors in the second half as the home team slammed home five three-pointers in the third period then cleared the bench in the final eight minutes.

“We tried to leave Alissa (Sells) in and get the three point record,” Smith later said, “but they finally started double teaming her and the shots just wasn’t there.”

Sells was the top shooter by far with 27 points. West and Mackenzie Sells followed with six each while Kilgore had four, Thompson three, and Taylor two.

After a trip to Jamestown on Tuesday, Dec. 9 for a district game against York, the Lady Wildcats will travel to Cannon County on Friday, Dec. 12 in another district game. LA is scheduled to play at Ensworth the following day at 4:30 p.m.

Livingston Academy will host DeKalb County’s Lady Tigers on Tuesday, Dec. 16 in a district matchup.



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