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Archives 03-04-2009


LA defeats CPA in region opener
Wildcats win District 7-AA Tournament
Lady Cats claw back from 11 down, guarantee sub-state
Lady Cats breeze by Greenbrier


LA defeats CPA in region opener

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Deven Ramsey, #52, is covered as he tosses in a shot.

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Chase Dunn fires a shot from long distance over CPA.

By Mac McLeod,
OCN Sports

Saturday night’s opening round regional game with DCA was supposed to be just a warm up for the tough road to Murfreesboro. As it turned out, it was a matter of life and death, with the heavily favored Livingston Wildcats having to stage a miracle comeback in the fourth period just for the right to advance to Tuesday’s second round.

After racing out to a 16-5 first period lead and holding a 30-19 advantage at intermission, it appeared that all the Wildcats needed to do was go through the motions in the second half to move on.

DCA had other thoughts.In the first three minutes of the third frame, the visitors cut the lead to five at 34-29, then narrowed the margin to one.

Suddenly, a game that had all the indications of being a first round blowout, suddenly turned into a possible major upset.

After seeing the lead evaporate to one, Peterman stopped the bleeding with a big basket to give LA a three-point advantage. Then, on the next trip down court, DCA’s Braden Anderson scored on a drive inside, was fouled and awarded a pair of shots on a technical on Livingston. Anderson made good on all the shots, and with 2:53 remaining in the third, DCA was on top by four, 40-36. The margin went to 43-38 before the Wildcats suddenly realized that a dream of a state championship was going away in a hurry.

A pair of field goals late in the quarter by Poston and a steal and basket by Ramsey narrowed the game to one, 43-42.

“We have five seniors here,” Melton told his team during the break between quarters. “Is this the way its gonna end?”

Apparently the hit to the gut was a good one. There was eight minutes left in a season for either Livingston or DCA.

Livingston wanted it more. In the final period, Peterman started things with a layup and Dunn followed with a pair of free throws. Smith drove in for a basket and Dunn went for two more. Dunn, who had 14 points in the final period, hit two more, then Ramsey added another. Brad Jackson would end the 23-3 LA run with a put-back, and at the buzzer, DCA hit a three to prevent a shutout.

“We played the fourth quarter like we will have to play for the remainder of the season,” Melton added. “Midway through the game, I really don’t know what happened but we got sloppy and DCA took advantage of it. They had some good shooters and they protected the ball until they got a good shot and we didn’t respond. In the final period, we played very good defense and made the shots.

“Teams like DCA will beat you if you don’t do what you did all season to get you to where you are,” Melton concluded. “We beat DeKalb three times this season, and we play them in the semis Tuesday. You can bet we won’t take them for granted.”

On the night, Dunn had 22 points to pace the Wildcats while Peterman added 12 and Ramsey had 10. Smith was good for eight, Poston had six, Jackson was good for four, and West hit for three.

Tuesday’s game was scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. and be followed by Upperman-Station Camp at 7:45 p.m.

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Wildcats win District 7-AA Tournament

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Livingston Academy’s Wildcats are the 2009 District 7-AA Tournament champions. Team members are #4 Clint West, #42 Logan Beaty, #5 Justin Poston, #10 Hayden Hill, #24 Chase Dunn, #31 Kailen Melton, #12 Colby Reeder, #3 Kendall Melton, #11 Adam Wilson, #32 Brad Jackson, #00 Logan Ramsey, #52 Deven Ramsey, #43 Will Peterman, and #23 T.J. Smith.

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T.J. Smith was named the District 7-AA Tournament Most Valuable Player, and Clint West, Chase Dunn, and Deven Ramsey were named All-Tournament.

By Mac McLeod,
OCN Sports

Last week, the Livingston Academy boys basketball team played two games, one more or less for pride and one for the chance to advance in the Region 4 tournament. It was important to win the region game, but it was just as big to win for pride.

Tuesday night, Feb. 24, before a huge crowd at the Eblen Center on the campus of Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, the Wildcats and the Upperman Bees faced off for the third time this season. This time it was for the District 7-AA tournament championship, and since they had claimed that title the past three years, there was no way the Wildcats were going to turn it loose
without a fight.

When it was over, nobody wanted their money back simply because what they had just watched was classic high school basketball.

“That was big, especially for our seniors,” LA head coach Richard Melton beamed after his Wildcats had taken a decisive 70-61 win over the Bees.

“They won the district tournament title all four years they played, and to me, that’s big.”

To the players, it was big as well, but the mere fact they had won the rubber match against their biggest rival in the district was even bigger.

“Upperman is a very good team,” pointed out senior guard Clint West.

“They spanked us good the first time we played this year at their place (81-69) and we beat them 88-82 at our place. This time we wanted to win in the worst kind of way. Wish it had been bigger,” he laughed.

It was big enough. The victory gave Livingston top seed in the regional tournament and an easy first round home game against the fourth place team from district 8. It also kept the Cats in a different bracket from Station Camp, the top-seeded team from District 8 and a team many consider the top contender for a strong title run.

If all goes according to plan, Livingston and Station Camp will meet in the region finals later this week. In a regular season meeting between the two, LA came out an 83-76 winner despite a 51-point performance from John Jenkins, considered the state’s top 2A player.

The game itself was a typical LA-Upperman contest, it stayed close and neither team could get away from the other.

A pair of three-pointers from Chase Dunn and one from T.J. Smith kept the Wildcats on top of the close contest, and a put-back by Brad Jackson kept LA on top, 17-13, at the end of the period.

Will Peterman opened the second period with a three-pointer, and Smith added another to keep the Wildcats a fair distance away. Then, midway through the period, center Deven Ramsey picked up his third personal foul and before the frame was over, Dunn and Smith would do likewise.

Jackson stepped up to fill Ramsey’s shoes and Smith and Dunn managed to play cautious the remainder of the game.

Livingston led 41-33 at intermission, but only by two, 52-50, going into the final frame. The Bees took advantage of Ramsey’s three fouls and managed to work the ball inside to Carrin Nash, who ended the night with 22 points.

In the final period, Smith added six points to his total and Dunn put in nine to preserve the win. A basket in the lane by Smith with six minutes to go appeared to be the spark the Wildcats needed to sustain the lead. Down the stretch, a pair of free throws by West, two by Dunn, and two more by Smith sealed the win.

“Team play is what it was,” Dunn commented after the game. “When we all got in foul trouble, Clint, Justin (Poston), Will (Peterman), whoever, stepped up and made it happen. Brad (Jackson) came in and really did a great job, especially on inside offensively and defensively.”

Smith lead the LA attack with 23 points, Dunn added 18, West had eight, Peterman and Jackson had 6, Ramsey was good for seven, and Poston had two. Peterman and Ramsey each had six rebounds.

The win moved the powerful Wildcats to 28-2 on the season.

Livingston placed four players on the All-Tournament team including Ramsey, West and Dunn. Smith was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

Brannon Tuttle and Kyle Grace from Macon County, Seth Willoughby and Payne Denman from DeKalb County, and Kelsey Hamlet and Nash from Upperman rounded out the honors.

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Lady Cats claw back from 11 down, guarantee sub-state

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LA’s Lady Wildcats celebrate their come-from-behind win.

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LA Coach Lesley Smith watches as Kendria Kilgore moves under a Lady Bison for a shot in Monday’s region win.

By Mac McLeod,
OCN Sports

After falling behind 33-22 at intermission Monday night in the semi-finals of the District 4 Regional tournament being played at Upperman High School, the Livingston Academy girls roared back in the second half to take a convincing 66-57 win over Station Camp and advance to Wednesday night’s championship against Upperman.

The victory also assured the Lady Wildcats of a sub-state berth to be played Saturday. The location will be determined by Wednesday’s title game. The winner will be home and the loser will take to the road.

Monday’s game was a rematch of a clash between the Lady Bisons and the Lady Cats. In early January , Station Camp defeated Livingston 83-67.

This time around, all the marbles were on the table. Winner advances and the loser goes home. Season over.

Livingston trailed 16-12 at the end of the first period, but consecutive field goals by Adrian West, Kendria Kilgore, and Mackenzie Sells to open the second frame put the Lady Cats up by one, 19-18. At that point, things turned south for LA as the shooting went cold and Station Camp took charge. At the half, the Bisons led by 11, 33-22.

The third quarter would belong to the Lady Cats and it would lead to a solid final eight minutes that determined the winner.

Shelby Taylor opened the quarter with a basket after a steal and pass by Kilgore. Mackenzie Sells followed and Kilgore did likewise. When West scored with a little over two minutes gone in the period, LA had run off an 8-0 spree, and when Taylor put in four straight points with 5:32 remaining, LA was back on top, 35-34.

West tied the game again with 2:10 left at 41 then Mackenzie and Alissa Sells would connect and the Lady Cats went up by four, 47-43, and they never looked back.

Alissa Sells got things rolling in the final period with a pair of three-pointers to boost LA to a 55-51 lead, then the Lady Bisons fouled in hopes of getting a missed shot.The plan didn’t work as West, Mackenzie Sells, and Taylor all went to the line in the final minutes and made thing work.

All five LA starters were in double figures paced by Mackenzie Sells’ 17.

Alissa Sells had 15, Kilgore was good for 12, and West and Taylor each had 10. The only other Wildcat to score was Mallory Mahaney who was good for two. Samantha Maya did not score, but her defensive play was a big asset to the win.

Wednesday’s game will be at 7 p.m.

Lady Cats breeze by Greenbrier

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LA’s Alissa Sells moves by a Greenbrier defender.

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Mackenzie Sells flies in for a basket against Greenbrier.

By Mac McLeod,
OCN Sports

Despite a third heartbreaking loss to rival Upperman in the finals of the District 7-AA tournament last week, the Livingston Academy girls officially started down the road that hopefully leads to Murfreesboro later this month with a convincing 78-33 rout of Greenbrier Friday night in the opening round of the Region 4 tournament.

To say it wasn’t much of a contest would be an understatement as the Lady Wildcats controlled the game from opening tip off to closing buzzer in a game played at the LA gym before a good crowd of loyal followers.

“It was kinda like a practice,” explained Livingston sophomore Mackenzie Sells. “We came out playing good defense and they (Greenbrier) could not adjust to the pressure.

“Offensively, we shot pretty good and moved the ball good. We did make too many mistakes, but we can work on that.”

After Adrian West dropped in her first two shots of the night, Kendria Kilgore added two more baskets and Shelby Taylor made a field goal, the game, for all intent and purposes was over. Mallory Mahaney, Amber Welch, and Alyssa Thompson all added to the first period scoring, and at the horn, Livingston had built an insurmountable 24-9 lead.

It was much the same in the second period as the LA defense smothered any attempt Greenbrier made to move the ball, and at intermission, the Lady Wildcats were rolling to the tune of 47-20.

Mackenzie Sells got things off to a good start in the third period with two straight field goals, then Taylor hit, West made three the old fashion way, Thompson and Tori Stocking nailed three pointers, and the bench moved on the floor for the kill.

In the third frame, Livingston outscored the visitors 21-5, and carried a 68-25 margin into the final eight minutes of play. With five minutes remaining, anyone that had on a white and blue uniform saw action.

“It was a good chance for our bench to get in some playing time, and I thought our first five did extremely well,” explained LA’s Lesley Smith.

“We moved the ball well and played very good defense. A game like this is very good for confidence and that always helps. We did some things tonight like setting our own pace and worked to keep it that way and that will help on down the road. It was a good effort from everyone.”

“We’ve reached the part of the season when if you lose you go home so we kept putting the pressure on tonight,” explained West. “Its time to be a little mean.”

West led the Livingston scoring with 18 points while Mackenzie Sells added 12 and Thompson was good for 10. Kilgore added 8, Stocking 6, Taylor 5, Alissa Sells and Welch 4, Samantha Maya and Mahaney three, Abby Miller two, and Taylor Eldridge one.

Livingston Academy faced Station Camp on Monday night, March 2 at Upperman High School in second round action. Earlier in the season, Station Camp upended the Lady Cats 83-67.

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