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Lady Cats play in Classic
LA teams win at Sparta

Lady Cats play in Classic


Josh Scott file photo
Abby Miller, #14, passes to Mackenzie Sells, #10, in recent Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats action.

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

The luck of the draw can sometimes be good, but for the Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats basketball team, the first round draw in the past two holiday tournaments were tough, skillful opponents in Lawrence County (Mid-South) and Cocke County at the Greene Bank Ladies’ Classic.

Things started off pretty rough early for the Lady Cats against the Lady Red. After six or so lead changes in the first few minutes, the Lady Red took a lead and never really let the Cats come within 10.

Mackenzie Sells would lead Livingston with 19, while Shelby Taylor would add 13 of her own with Mallory Mahaney chipping in 10 as well, but the Lady Wildcats would lose their opener, 61-51.

Next, Livingston Academy would use a strong fourth quarter to pull away to a 52-44 win over Chuckey-Doak. After seeing themselves behind after the first frame, the Lady Cats used surges to come off victorious in day two.

Hustle plays and big shots put the Cats over the top as they scored 16 second chance points, while junior Mackenzie Sells once again led the Lady Cats with 20 points and 6 boards. Shelby Taylor also chipped in 11, and Mallory Mahaney rounded out double-figure scorers for the Cats with 10.

In the third game of the tournament for Livingston, the Sycamore Lady War Eagles provided a legitimate defensive war for the Lady Cats. Although it was tough to
score on the Eagles, Livingston allowed only 17 points, one point in the second frame, in the whole game and moved on into the seventh place game by a score of 36-17.

Mackenzie Sells and Shelby Taylor again paced the Cats with 11 apiece while Abby Miller pulled seven boards, and as a team, the Lady Wildcats put up 12 assists on 14 made baskets in the contest.

The last game of the tournament was against a very well known school in the state of Tennessee as Oak Ridge looked to stop the Lady Wildcat attack. Livingston
Academy, an AA team, knocked off Oak Ridge 44-40 to claim seventh place in the field.

Mackenzie Sells had a big game for Livingston, throwing down 21 points and grabbing a team-best 7 rebounds to pace her team. Although she was the only player in double figures for the Cats, Samantha Maya chipped in with 7, Taylor with 4, and Mahaney with 2.

“The first round just has not been good to us,” Lady Wildcats Coach Lesley Smith stated, “but Oak Ridge was a very quality win. They are a great program and a really good team.”

After the Classic, Livingston (14-3, 2-1 in 8AA) looked to play Jackson County on January 8 but the game was canceled due to inclement weather. Livingston Academy traveled to White County on Monday, Jan. 11 to take on the Lady Warriors, another AAA school. After hosting Pickett County’s Lady Bobcats on Tuesday Jan. 12, LA will travel down 40 to Smith County to face the slumping Lady Owls on Friday, Jan. 15.

Livingston Academy will then host Upperman on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

 

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LA teams win at Sparta


Josh Scott file photo
Jake Huitt, #1, and Brad Jackson, #32, break down the court in recent Livingston Academy play.

By Mac McLeod,
OCN Sports

Livingston Academy basketball teams finally got back into action for the first time in the new year in two good matches, both LA teams came away with a victory on the road in Sparta.

It took the Lady Wildcats overtime before they could put down the White County Lady Warriors, 63-60. The win was the 15th for Livingston against three losses.
In the early action, White County went out front, led by three, 16-13, at the end of the first quarter then held off a strong LA comeback that saw both teams knotted at 29 at halftime.

Early in the third period, Amber Welch finally got the Lady Cats on top for the first time in the game with a basket and a free throw. From that point, it looked as if LA would run away with an easy win. Mallory Mahaney, Mackenzie Sells, and Shelby Taylor took turns scoring for Livingston, and at the end of the third frame, Livingston led 46-39.

Then in the final period, Samantha Maya hit her first two attemps, and with 4 minutes remaining in the game, LA led 50-43. But White County continued to come back, and with only three seconds remaining in regular play, a three-point basket put the game into overtime. Regulation ended 56-56.

In the overtime, Mahaney hit a three-pointer early and LA never trailed. White County got one last shot in the OT, but this time the shot didn’t fall.

Sells paced five Lady Cats who hit in double figures with 15 points. Taylor and Mahaney each added 11 and Welch and Maya posted 10. Alyssa Thompson knocked down four and Abby Miller rounded out the scoring with two.

The boys game got off with more fouls than points with over 15 personal infractions being called in the first period. After a slow start, the Wildcats got things rolling and posted an easy 81-64 win.

White County jumped out to a 4-0 early lead, but Mason Ramsey and T.J. Smith erased the deficit, then Logan Beaty found the three-point range and hit three three-pointers to give LA a 30-17 lead at the end of the first period.

In the second period, it was all LA as the Wildcats scored almost at will and capped off a very good period with a tip by Mason Ramsey at the buzzer for a 52-28 lead. It only got worse for the home teams and by the end of the third frame, the Wildcats were out 70-44 and everyone on the team got in on the action.
White County managed to cut somewhat into the lead that at one point was 28 points, but it was a lot too little and a lot too late.

Livingston was led by a 13-point effort from both Smith and Mason Ramsey. Kailen Melton had 11 and Colby Reeder added 10. Beaty had nine points with three three-pointers while Logan Ramsey put in seven, Brad Jackson with four, Hayden Hill was good for three, and Heath Thompson rounded out the scoring with two.



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