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Cats win championship in Florida tourney
Lady Wildcats take 3rd in Kentucky tournament
Another good week for LMS basketball

Cats win championship in Florida tourney

Chase Dunn is presented the tournament MVP plaque.

LA’s Will Peterman goes up for a shot against Fairhope.

Deven Ramsey has his position covered in Livingston Academy’s tournament win over Fairhope.

LA’s Wildcats basketball team took time out at the beach to get sand in between their toes during their recent trip to Pensacola, FL, to play in the Dr. Alec Kessler Invitational.

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

How often does a team get to travel nine hours just to play a team that is roughly 3 hours away? Just ask the Livingston Academy basketball team, who traveled to Pensacola Beach, Florida, for the Dr. Alec Kessler Memorial High School Invitational Basketball Tournament.

For the first game of the tournament, the ‘Cats played Chipley, a team from Florida, and came out slow, scoring only 25 points in the first half. But, as they have all year, a very strong second half gave the ‘Cats 46 points as they forced 28 turnovers and easily pulled away from Chipley, 71-48.

The ‘Cats were led by Chase Dunn with 16 points, Adam Wilson with 13 points, and T.J. Smith who also chipped in with 10.

Defensively, they allowed Chipley to shoot 33%, but outrebounded them 38 to 24.

Next for the ‘Cats, a very long, athletic team in Fairhope, AL. This time though, the boys in blue had no trouble in starting the game – scoring 22 in the first quarter, allowing only 9, scored 43 in the half, and took a halftime lead 43-19. But, as always, the Wildcats were not done, scoring 32 more in the second half, allowing 19, and once again, with ease, pulled away from Fairhope, 75-38.

Livingston was led yet again in scoring by Chase Dunn, who had 19 in the contest, with Brad Jackson scoring 8 with 5 rebounds, and Will Peterman and Justin Poston adding 7 of their own.

Once again, defensively, nothing seemed to go wrong, forcing 25 turnovers, and yet again outrebounding Fairhope, 28-17.

Finally, to the irony of the tournament. Two teams from the state of Tennessee would face off in a prestigous finals match-up, as Livingston Academy and the Ooltewah Owls would vie for the championship.

Yet another slow start, but it was on both ends, as Livingston put up 25 in the first half to the Owls’ 18. This team never saw panic, as they came out with an 18 point third quarter and another strong fourth, pushing the lead out of reach for the Owls, and pulled away easily with a 59-39 victory, making them the champions of the inaugural Alec Kessler Memorial Tournament.

Dr. Alec Kessler played for the Miami Heat in the NBA, and had played at University of Georgia. Dr. Kessler was an orthopedic surgeon after his basketball career ended.

The ‘Cats were led by Dunn, 18, Clint West, 12, and T.J. Smith with 9. They proved physical, taking 34 rebounds to the Owls 19.

For the tournament, Dunn averaged 17.7 points per game, and was named the tourney’s MVP. T.J. Smith was named to the All-Tournament team, averaging 8.3 points per game.

The ‘Cats averaged 30 rebounds and 13 assists a game while shooting a very strong 40% from the field in the three tournament contests.

Last but certainly not least, the ‘Cats came back home to play their first game of the new year on Saturday, Jan. 3, and this match-up would be a rematch of last years remarkable Region 4-AA semifinal game with Station Camp High School.

The ‘Cats had to account for one of the best in the state, if not in the nation, in John Jenkins, but Livingston never doubted anything. After a back-and-forth half, Livingston felt a first for the season, being down at the half, 39-38. But, as always, a great second half would allow Livingston to find a groove and a certain comfort level.

Although John Jenkins scored a remarkable 51 points, the ‘Cats all stepped up, including senior guard Justin Poston who scored 7 in the second quarter. After an edgy fourth, the ‘Cats managed to pull away a little, moving the score to 83-76 when the final buzzer sounded.

Livingston was led by Dunn, 30, Smith, 14, Jackson, 12 and 5 rebounds, and Peterman, who put together a great game with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

After a great start to the year, Livingston Academy’s record now stands at 16-1 (4-0) and now find themselves ranked No. 2 in the Mid-State.

Livingston Academy will come home to play rival Jackson County on Friday night, Jan. 9. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.

The ‘Cats will travel to Byrdstown on Tuesday, Jan. 13 to play Pickett County’s Bobcats.

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Lady Wildcats take 3rd in Kentucky tournament

Livingston Academy’s Lady Wildcats took 3rd place in the Lady of the South Invitational.

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

“No defense.” Those two words were the ones received when talking to Coach Smith about the performance of the team. But truly, not all things went bad for the Lady Cats.

The week began with The Lady of the South Invitational Tournament in Scottsville, KY. In the first game against Boone County, Kentucky, the Lady Cats found a spark when Senior post Adrian West carried the load, scoring 21 points, with 6 rebounds, to lead all players in both catagories.

Contributions from Kendria Kilgore, 10, and the Sells’, Mackenzie and Allisa, with 7 apiece, let the Lady Cats take the lead that was never surrendered, then ended in a final score of 55-50 over Boone County.

The following day, the Lady Cats took on North Hardin, Kentucky. LA found that spark once again, this time in Allisa Sells, who paced Livingston with 19 points, Adrian West with 18, Shelby Taylor, 13, Kilgore, 11, and M. Sells with 10. These numbers meant only one thing, no slowing Livingston down as they put up a season high 78 points, and won the game 78-69. This made things look very good for the Cats as they went into the next game, with undefeated Clarkrange High.

Two of the most highly decorated programs in Middle Tennessee squared off in the semis, when the Lady Cats and Lady Buffaloes took the floor.

But, the Buffaloes showed just exactly why they are undefeated, taking care of Livingston 61-42.

Livingston was led by West, 11, Kilgore, 9, Taylor 9, and Allisa Sells, with 8. The loss to Clarkrange now put them into the consolation game with North Hardin, Kentucky.

The following day in the consolation game, the Lady Cats took on the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame High. Yet again, strong play on the boards from West, and very strong play from Kilgore, who put up 21 points, led to a fairly smooth 66-61 win over the Irish. Shelby Taylor also played extremely well, scoring 10, and pulling 5 rebounds, with Mackenzie Sells putting in 10 yet again.

The win over the Irish gave the Cats a much needed confidence boost going into a very tough game with Station Camp on January 3.

Going into this game, senior Kendria Kilgore needed 17 points to put her name on the prestigous 1,000-point club at Livingston Academy. Although she put in 18, and her career total was pushed to 1,001, the Lady Cats found themselves in a deep hole the entire ballgame, and a strong game from Station Camp’s Ellyn Unger and Heather Hughes was just too much for the Cats, who took a loss, 83-67. Mackenzie Sells put in 20 to lead the Cats, and Samantha Maya played tremendously well, adding 15 of her own in the contest.

On the year, the Lady Cats find their record at 11-7 (3-1). Coming into the year with high expectations, the girls know that they have to get a great push going.

Adrian West said, “We played well in Kentucky, but, we just haven’t got it all together yet.”

When asked what has contributed to the struggles, the senior simply responded, “It’s different; our defense has been good up until Saturday night, so I really dont know. It’s a team thing, and it has to be a team effort to get it fixed.”

Fresh off her 1,000 points, Kendria Kilgore echoed comments made by West.

“We started strong in Kentucky, probably the best we played all year. Then downhill against Clarkrange, but we redeemed ourselves a little in the consolation game.

“Then at Station Camp, I don’t know what happened. We should have beat them.”

As for her accomplishment, the hard-working player said, “Its a big thing making 1,000 points. You walk in as a freshman and think you will never make it. It is amazing that my name will be on the same board with the amazing players before me that everyone still talks about.”

As for the girls, they now face a very strong Jackson County team Friday night, Jan. 9 at 6 p.m. The Lady Cats will be hungry and out to prove that this team is capable of big things.

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Another good week for LMS basketball

LMS Lady Tiger #3 Taylor Meadows goes up strong for a lay up in Livingston’s victory over Rickman on 12-18-08.

LMS Tigers Bubba Jolley #20 and Heath Thompson #12 are flying high for a rebound against Rickman.

On Monday, Dec. 15, the LMS Lady Tigers hosted the Lady Tigers from Hilham. LMS got off to a quick start and led 22-7 after one quarter and was leading by 24 after 2, 38-14, with good full court pressure and deep bench play. LMS cruised to a 64-34 win. 10 different Lady Tigers scored in the game and out-rebounded Hilham 41-22.

On Wedenesday, Dec. 17, the Lady Tigers got to play a day game in front of the Allons Elementary student body. With credit given to Allons for good play, LMS struggled in the first quarter and trailed 9-7 to the Lady Hawks. But in the second quarter the Lady Tigers came alive holding the Allons team to 2 points and took a commanding 23-11 lead at the half and went on to win this contest 43-25.

Thursday, Dec. 18, the Lady Tigers were looking to go 3-0 for the week with a win over the county leader Rickman Lady Bulldogs. In a great basketball atmosphere at Livingston Middle School, these two teams came ready to play and to play down to the wire. In a first half that saw Rickman lead 24-19 after two quarters, the Lady Tigers finally got on track and outscored the Rickman team by 10 to take a 34-29 lead at the end of three.

The final quarter basically saw both clubs exchange scores with Livingston getting 12 points to Rickman's 10 and winning 46-39. Going undefeated on the week moved the Lady Tigers to a 12-3 overall record and 5-1 in the county.

In boys action, LMS would host Hilham on Monday, Dec. 15, and the visitors got the first two points of the contest to take an early 2-0 lead. However that would be all the "stingy" Tiger team would allow for the first half and scored the next 37.

10 different players made the scorebook for the Tiger team as they won 47-16. Wednesday, Dec. 17, in a standing room only the LMS boys went on the road in a day game with the Allons Hawks. In a heated back and forth ball game that found neither team with the ability to separate from the other, the game was tied at 34 at the end of three quarters.

During the final frame the host team Hawks finished strong, outscoring the Tigers by an 11-6 margin in the fourth and ultimately winning the game by 5, 45-40 giving the Tigers their first loss of the season. Thursday, Dec. 18, Livingston Middle School hosted Rickman and LMS got off to a good start leading 15-3 after the first quarter and 27-7 by halftime.

After half time, all players got to play and the Tigers had 8 diferent scorers in the game . LMS record improved to 14-1 overall and 6-1 in the county.

LMS will continue playing Thursday, Jan. 8 at home against Avery Trace.

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