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Cats defeat Bobcats, Owls
Lady Wildcats win against Pickett, Smith
Doug Neathery wins Stockton’s giveaway for biggest deer

Cats defeat Bobcats, Owls


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Clint West drives to the basket against Pickett County.


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Chase Dunn jumps for 2 points against Smith County.

By Mac McLeod,
OCN Sports

Back in November, Livingston Academy hosted Pickett County, and at the time Chase Dunn needed only 399 points to break the all-time scoring record for the Wildcats. In the game, the senior was limited in playing time due to the 72-25 one-sided win and scored only seven points. Hardly the route to the record.

When the two schools met Tuesday, Jan. 13, Dunn must have figured his playing time would again be limited, so he did the most he could with the time he would be allotted.

Ripping off five straight three-point baskets and a basket and free throw for the old fashion three-pointer, Dunn scored 19 points in the first period, then sat out much of the remaining three quarters. He ended the night with 21, and 46 points from the record.

“I don’t know,” the easygoing senior stated later. “I felt good about shooting Tuesday night, and I like to shoot in that gym. I also felt like coach was going to let the starters only play a little while, so we just went out and got what we could get.”

While Dunn was getting his 21, T.J. Smith was racking up all he could and ended his play in the second period with 20.

After taking a 29-10 lead at the end of the first frame, LA coach Richard Melton pulled his starters and let his bench get in some well deserved playing time. By intermission, the Wildcats were on top, 50-22. They had shot 57% in the first half from the field and an incredible 63% from three-point range, hitting 11 baskets from long range.

When the starters came out and the reserves went in, Pickett County took advantage of the situation, and by the end of the third period had closed the deficit to 16 and were charging. The final frame opened with LA on top 61-45, and to make sure it didn’t get any closer, Melton put his starters back in for a few minutes.

LA took the decision, 82-56. After Dunn and Smith, Deven Ramsey added 14 points, Adam Wilson, Kendall Melton, an Hayden Hill each had five points, Will Peterman was good for three, and Clint West dropped in two.

Returning home Friday night, the Cats kinda expected an easy run, and they got it from Smith County. Following a 25-4 first period run, Livingston went on to whip the Owls 82-33.

A well balanced scoring attack and a defense that prevented the visitors from getting the ball past the half court line on many occasions were the keys to the LA win, the 19th in 20 tries.

“We played well tonight and we played well Tuesday night,” explained senior guard Justin Poston. “We have had two good games, and I feel like we need that heading to Baxter (Upperman) next week. We need to be ready and we have to keep up our confidence. This was a good week for us.”

Poston, the quiet senior that goes about his work at the guard position like a stealth fighter, got the nod to start Friday’s game and repaid his coach’s faith with six points and some strong leadership on the floor.

“We didn’t have any problem this week staying focused,” explained post player Will Peterman, “and that’s a key to our success. We have a big game Tuesday at Baxter and we need to be focused for that for sure. We played good defense tonight, especially with the man-to-man, and we need some work in that area. Offensively, things kinda went our way.”

Dunn led the LA attack with 19 and now needs only 27 points to set a new LA career scoring mark. He should get to that point sometime this week.

Ramsey had 11 and West added 10. Peterman, Smith, and Colby Reeder each added eight.

Livingston Academy carried a perfect 5-0 district mark into play against Upperman on Tuesday, Jan. 20. The Cats will travel to Lafayette on Friday, Jan. 23 to take on Macon County, and then Livingston Academy will host York on Tuesday, Jan. 27.


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Lady Wildcats win against Pickett, Smith


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LA’s Alissa Sells and Kendria Kilgore try to take the ball away from Smith County’s Kayci Ferris while former Lady Wildcat and current Lady Owl Chelsea Carr gets in position.


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Mackenzie Sells races past a Lady Bobcat in last week’s win.

By Mac McLeod,
OCN Sports

After dropping three straight games in late December and early January, the Livingston Academy girls needed a big week and they got it with wins over Pickett and Smith counties. This week could well be the most important of the season thus far.

“Those two wins last week finally got us back on track,” confessed hot shooting Alissa Sells after compiling a total of 33 points in the two contests.

“I really don’t know how to describe the mind set we were in, but it wasn’t all that good until we beat Pickett County at their place on Tuesday. It was one of our better efforts of the year, and then coming home and beating Smith County really put us in the right frame of mind.

“Next week we go to Upperman and Macon. Upperman is a very strong team and we never seem to play well at Macon. We are going to have to bring our best efforts to both games,” Sells concluded.

“We needed a good week,” Kendria Kilgore added. “The entire team played well in both games this week, the scoring was balanced, and our defense did a good job. We are going to have to have that effort when we go to Upperman and to Macon. It’s just that simple.”

The week opened in Byrdstown Tuesday night, Jan. 13, and after a 70-29 win earlier in the season at Livingston, it could have been considered a “give me” this time around. But the Lady Bobcats are a scrappy bunch and despite a good team effort from the Lady Cats, Livingston could never build a big lead.

“I felt like they (Pickett) would play much better tonight than they did at our place,” LA head coach Lesley Smith admitted after the game. “They are not a bad team at all, and when we played earlier, one of their best players was out injured. Tonight they showed a lot of hustle, but I thought we did as well. We played good defense and Mackenzie (Sells) and Kendria (Kilgore) were very strong offensively.”

In the early going, LA fell behind, 9-6, but Sells and Kilgore each nailed a three-pointer to get the Lady Cats back in the game, and when the first eight minutes were over, the visitors were on top 17-12.

Adrian West and Alissa Sells got things rolling in the second period for the Lady Cats. West had seven points in the period and Sells four, and at intermission Livingston led 33-26.

Then the game got interesting. Pickett knotted the score at 33 in the early going and went ahead 38-37 with 4:37 left in the period. At that point, the LA defense went into high gear and the offense came back to life. Kilgore and West each had a basket, then Mackenzie Sells hit a pair of free throws to put LA on top 47-41. Alyssa Thompson then nailed a bucket and Shelby Taylor capped an 11-2 run with a little over a minute remaining in the frame with two points. Livingston led going into the final period, 51-41.

Mackenzie Sells went on a scoring rage in the final frame, scoring 12 of her game total 24 in the period. In the early going, Livingston limited Pickett County to only three points while building a 57-45 lead, but the Lady Bobcats just wouldn’t go away and closed to within five at 63-58 with only 2:50 remaining. A pair of baskets by Sells, a pair of free throws by Kilgore and Mallory Mahaney finally sealed the 75-64 win.

Kilgore led the LA scoring with 25, followed by Mackenzie Sells with 24, West with 12, Alissa Sells with six, and Taylor with four.

The victory upped Livingston’s season record to 12-8.

Although every win is critical, the win over Pickett County only set up a big district 7 2A contest with Smith County at home on Friday. Smith again would bring in 6-8 Kayci Ferris back to town and this time she had some help from the guard position in the form of former Lady Wildcat Chelsea Carr.

“We knew that Chelsea would help that program,” Smith confessed after the game, “and she was a big factor tonight. Ferris got 24 points and Chelsea got 16. I felt like we played them well defensively though, and everybody on our team played hard all night. Smith County makes me nervous, and I’m glad we got through the first meeting with us on top. We have to go to their place next time and it will be another good game.”

This time around, it was Alissa Sells with the hot hand. The senior guard ripped the chords for nine straight points and three straight three-pointers and the Lady Cats never trailed. A pair of free throws at the buzzer game LA an18-8 first period lead.

Eight points by Taylor in the second period countered Ferris’ eight markers, and the Livingston defense played steady. The Lady Cats were ahead 33-21 at intermission.

The spread was 13, 49-36 going into the final period, but Smith County started off with an 11-0 run to close to within two. West then slammed home a big three-pointer to jump start the LA offense, then the two teams slugged it out on both ends of the floor. When it was over, Livingston had its fourth district win of the year and thirteenth victory of the season.

“Our play late in the game showed we wanted to win,” Kilgore added, “and it’s always fun to beat Kayci. She’s such a good player and she’s dominate inside. When you beat her, you feel like you’ve done something.”

Alissa Sells paced the LA scoring with 27 points while Kilgore added 15, West 11, and Taylor eight. Mackenzie Sells suffered some leg problems early in the game and only played a few minutes.

“Hopefully, we get Mack (Sells) back this week and we have a good week,” Smith added. “We are heading down the stretch and every game is important now. I think we’re playing much better than we did several weeks ago and the team spirit has come back, which is very important.”

After a game at Baxter on Tuesday, Jan. 20, the Lady Wildcats will then travel to Macon County on Friday, Jan. 23. Livingston Academy will host York on Tuesday, Jan. 27.



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Doug Neathery wins Stockton’s giveaway for biggest deer


Doug Neathery is the winner of Stockton’s Country store giveaway for the biggest kill over the recent hunting season. He killed a 10-point buck that weighed 144 pounds. David Burchfield, left, presented Neathery, right, with a Mossberg 100 ATR long-rifle 22” barrel, Black Stock, .270 Winchester. Burchfield is the owner of the Tops Adventure Gear who provided the gun for the giveaway.

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