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Archives 11-23-2010


Emily Miller signs with MTSU
Lady Cats off to 3-0 start with Hall of Fame wins
Christmas for Kids 5K set for Black Friday
Wildcats take on strong competition to start 2010 campaign

Emily Miller signs with MTSU

Livingston Academy senior golfer Emily Miller signed a golf scholarship with Middle Tennessee State University on Tuesday, Nov. 16. She is the daughter of Steve and Lisa Moody and the late Gerald Miller. On hand at the signing are, from left, LA Golf Coach Patty Dale, and Miller with her parents. She was a standout for all four years with the Lady Wildcats, advancing to the Class A/AA state tournament each year and medaling with a 4th-place finish this fall.

MTSU was one of 38 colleges and universities that seriously recruited Miller. Other Tennessee schools included Lipscomb, Austin Peay, and Cumberland University. In addition, Kansas State and Iowa sought her, along with several schools in Miami and several in North Carolina.

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Lady Cats off to 3-0 start with Hall of Fame wins

By Mac McLeod,

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West Creek guard Saronica Jones tries to get past LA defender Mallory Mahaney during action in last Tuesday opening game at LA. Jones would hit 12 free throws down the stretch, but it wasn’t enough as the Lady Cats took the game, 59-46.

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Livingston’s Tori Stocking, #20, goes up for a shot last Tuesday night against West Creek. Stocking and her teammates pulled off the win to get the 2010 season off to a good start.

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Livingston Academy’s Taylor Meadows, #5, dribbles past two West Creek defenders on a drive to the basket during last Tuesday’s season opener. Meadows, a freshman, would score 3 points in LA’s victory.


Trying to explain why a team will do this or that on one day, then the exact opposite the next is a favorite pastime of sports fans. Just about everybody at a game knows exactly why this happened or why that shouldn’t happen, but when it gets right down to the real reason, there’s no definite answer.

In the case of high school teams winning or losing or simply playing good or bad, it probably can be summed up with, “it’s just kids playing ball”. That answer will hold true almost 100% of the time because it’s not human nature for youngsters to go out and try to lose or try to play badly. They play as hard as they can, but on different nights they will get different results.

Take the Livingston Academy girls basketball team for example. Historically, the Lady Cats have been blessed with good, talented players, strong coaches, and a tradition of winning games and championships. That being the case, there’s no good explanation why they played so poorly in their season opener last Tuesday night against an average team from West Creek then came back and won two games on Saturday, one against one of the top programs in the state in Clarkrange.

Following Tuesday’s season opening victory over the Coyotes, 59-46, LA head coach Lesley Riddle simply didn’t want to talk about it. It hadn’t been pretty and there were so many places for improvement, there wasn’t enough time to go over it all.

Even the players couldn’t put a finger on the poor performance, but as Allison Dailey put it, “I’m sure coach Riddle will explain it to us tomorrow.”

Even senior team leader Mackenzie Sells couldn’t put a finger on the problem.
“Nobody knows,” she explained. “It just happened. We played a lot of people tonight looking for the right combination and we just made a lot of mistakes.”
Fair enough. Kids playing ball.

Against West Creek, the Lady Cats raced out to an easy 12-4 lead and that might have just come too easily. Sells opened the season with a basket followed by Samantha Maya with another. Kayla Williams added two more before the visitors could decide which end of the court they were on. At the end of the frame LA led 22-10.

And it got worse for the Lady Coyotes. Dailey got things rolling in the second period with a three-point basket and Sells followed with two more. Mallory Mahaney added a fourth three late in the period and baskets by Abby Miller and Sells boosted the Lady Cats to a 43-20 halftime lead.

Livingston took a 53-26 lead into the final period, but poor play from the bench almost allowed West Creek back into the game. Trailing by 23 at the start of the final eight minutes, the visitors trimmed to deficit to 13 before the starters got back on the floor and sealed the win.

Sells had 20 points to pace LA while Miller added 8, Chazney Hammock 7, Maya 6, Mahaney and Williams 5, and Dailey, Heather Cravens, and Taylor Meadows each had 3.

Saturday, the Lady Cats ventured over to Clarkrange to first take on Wartburg in a midday contest then battle Clarkrange in the nightcap.

In the first contest, it wasn’t much of a contest, but as coach Riddle would later point out, “It was a good chance for our younger players to get back some confidence,” and for the entire team to put into action what they needed to brush up on following the game with West Creek.

Livingston won handily, 76-34.

The outcome was never in doubt as just about everybody that got their hands on the ball scored. LA led 28-8 at the end of the first frame and 47-21 at intermission. Tori Stocking and Cravens were bright spots for the Lady Cats with Stocking leading the scoring with 16 points, 12 from three-pointers. Cravens had 10 points and was played extremely strong on defense.

Following Cravens in scoring were Sells with 9, Mahaney, Hammock, and Jessika McAlister with 6, Meadows , 5, Maya, Marlee Sells, and Rachel Reeder 4, Miller 3, Sidney Staggs and Williams 2, and Dailey with 1.

With all that out of the way, it was now time for the two titans of the tournament to face off. Between the two schools, there were 12 state championships and enough playoff berths to fill a good size book. It indeed was a showdown between two of Tennessee’s best girls basketball programs.

“We need a good challenge early in the season and tonight we will get one, I’m sure,” Riddle predicted before the game, and she couldn’t have been closer to the truth.

Miller got things going for LA with a basket right off the opening tip and Sells followed with a lay-up. Sells added a free throw and Maya connected to put the Lady Cats on top quickly, 7-2. Livingston led, 12-9, at the end of the period.

Things tightened up in the second period and with 2:05 left in the half, the Lady Buffalos went on top for the first time, 17-16. At the buzzer, LA was back on top, 24-22.

Livingston opened things up in the third period. Miller’s 10th point of the night gave LA a 30-24 lead, and as time was winding down, she added another basket and Williams hit a three and a field goal to put the Lady Cats out front 38-32 going to the final 8 minutes.

Dailey got her first points of the night early in the final frame then waited to hit the biggest basket of her career so far. Meanwhile, Clarkrange nipped away at the LA lead, finally going on top 44-42 with 3 minutes to play. Maya knotted the game at 44, then the Lady Buffalos slugged out front, 49-44, with just under two minutes to play. Williams then stole the ball and made a lay-up to cut the advantage to three, 49-46, and with 1 minute showing, Dailey nailed her big shot, a three, to knot the score at 49.

Clarkrange tried to run out the clock and hope for overtime, but a steal by Miller with just 16 seconds left and a pass to Sells that resulted in the final basket wrecked that plan and gave LA the 53-51 win.

“We’ve still got some things to work out,” Riddle said after the win, “but right now, we’re pleased to win and to win against a really good team. We needed that. Tonight our bench played like we had hoped they would and Allison (Dailey) and Heather (Cravens) really had a good night. We had to be ready mentally and I thing we were, now we just need to keep working hard on some things that will help us on down the road.”

Sells and Miller shared scoring honors with 12 each while Maya had 8, Williams 7, Dailey 5, Cravens 4, Mahaney 3, and Hammock 2.

Livingston (3-0) will be back in action tonight Tuesday, Nov. 23 hosting Pickett County.

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Christmas for Kids 5K set for Black Friday

The Christmas for Kids 5K Walk/Run will be held Friday, Nov. 26 on the Courthouse Square in Livingston.

Those interested in participating may register for $20 before Wednesday, Nov. 24. Registration will also be open beginning at 4:30 p.m. the day of the race at a cost of $25. The entry fee includes a t-shirt. However, only entries received before Wednesday, Nov. 24 will be guaranteed a t-shirt on the day of the race.

The event will start at the Livingston Post Office at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 26. Awards will be given after the race for the top overall male and female winners. Awards will also be given to the top male and female in each age group, including 10 years of age and younger, age 11 to 15, age 16 to 25, age 26 to 35, age 36 to 45, age 46 to 55, age 56 to 65 and age 65 and older.

All proceeds from the event will go to the Livingston Jaycees Scholarship Fund, the Christmas fo Kids shooter’s education program, Camp Discovery, Overton County Right to Life and Overton County Habitat for Humanity.

For more information about the 5K or how to register, contact David Sadler at (931) 260-7494 or e-mail dls273@yahoo.com.

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Wildcats take on strong competition to start 2010 campaign

By Mac McLeod,

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Mason Ramsey, #25,is just about ready to make a hard landing in Thursday’s game with Red Bank. The big inside man for the Cats was hurt for a while, but recovered to put up 12 points.

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Jake Huitt drives the lane and puts up a one-handed shot against Red Bank.

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Livingston’s Colby Reeder leaves the floor to take a shot in Thursday’s game with Red Bank as a Red Bank defender leaves at the same time to try to block the shot.

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LA senior Kailen Melton, right, takes on a West Creek defender in last Tuesday’s 2010-11 season opener at the Livingston gym.


Livingston Academy’s boys basketball coach Richard Melton has the credentials to make a statement and back it up. As a player he was outstanding, holding the LA scoring record for years and as a coach he has taken two teams to the state’s final eight during his five seasons as head Wildcat.

Thursday night, after his team had suffered its second straight loss to open the 2010-11 season, the successful coach pointed out, “You’re not a good team until you beat a good team, and tonight we had a chance to beat a good team and just gave it away.”

Once again, Melton was right on the money.

Livingston opened its season Tuesday night and were clobbered by West Creek of Clarksville, 64-42. It was not a typical performance by a Melton coached team, but considering West Creek was a very quick and physical team, the loss was not a total surprise. Throw in first game jitters and the fact that Melton has a record of playing an extremely tough schedule early in the season and the outcome was not a total wash out.

On Thursday, Red Bank of Chattanooga strolled into town, and again the opposition was top notch.

“I certainly hope we play much better tonight,” was about all Melton would say about the game, but was quick to point out that Red Bank may just be better than West Creek.

If that indeed was the case, the Wildcats had better improve and do it in a hurry.
In Thursday’s game, the Wildcats found themselves behind from the opening tip and would only lead briefly in the late stages of the second quarter. By the end of the third frame, things were getting out of hand, and by the fourth period, Melton was playing his entire bench looking for something positive.

Sophomore Mason Ramsey got Livingston’s first points of the new season early to knot the game at 2 and ended the period with 7 of the Wildcats’ 9 points. Logan Ramsey had LA’s other 2 points. The Coyotes led by 2, 11-9, at the end of the period.

Throughout the second period, the Wildcats stayed close. Mason Ramsey hit for his second three-pointer early in the period to pull the Cats to within 2, 14-12, with 6:40 remaining in the half and Kailen Melton followed 20 seconds later with another three to put Livingston ahead for the first time of the night, 15-14.

Melton’s second three of the period put the home team back on top, 18-16, moments later, but it would be the last time the Wildcats would lead the entire night. Livingston trailed by five, 29-24, at intermission.

In the third frame, West Creek put on a defensive show, forcing turnovers and raced out to a 45-33 lead going to the final frame. A three-pointer by Hayden Hill with one minute remaining was about the only bright spot for LA in the frame.
Creed Hayes’ four points in the final period was tops for the Wildcats.
The setback was the first season opening loss since the 2006-07 season.
Mason Ramsey had 12 points to pace the Wildcats while Melton added 9, Logan Ramsey had 6, Hayes 4, Hill, Trent Nivens, and Paxton Eldridge all had 3, and Bubba Jolley 2.

When Red Bank came to town Thursday night, the Cats were in a much better frame of mind than when they left the gym on Tuesday night. A day of coaching from Melton showed in the entire game with the exception of the final two minutes.
“We just gave it away collectively in the last two minutes,” Melton pointed out following a 64-59 defeat. “As a group, we shot poorly in the last two minutes, we missed free throws and made turnovers that cost us the game.”
Again the coach was right on the money.

For almost the entire contest, the Wildcats were a very different team from the one that showed up on Tuesday. At the end of the first period, LA trailed by 3, 13-10, and were in command, 32-24, at intermission.

In the second period, Melton, Brock McCoin, Mason Ramsey, Colby Reeder, and Jake Huitt all contributed to the scoring line. With 4:10 showing on the clock, Mason Ramsey hit from the left side to give LA its first lead of the night, 17-16. Reeder then added three from the foul line and Melton did likewise. A basket by Reeder followed by one by Huitt put Livingston up by 6, 28-21, and a put back by Mason Ramsey and two free throws by McCoin let the Wildcats go to the dressing room with an 8-point lead.

Livingston led by five, 43-38, going into the final period.
With a little over two minutes remaining, the Wildcats were up by 7, 57-50, but then the roof fell in and the Lions turned a certain loss into a clear cut victory. With 1:20 showing, Red Bank regained the lead it had given up in the second period, 59-57. By now, Mason Ramsey had fouled out and McCoin was on the bench nursing a bloody nose.

A steal and a turnover coupled with several missed free throws sealed the verdict.
“It was not all bad,” the coach added. “We did some things well, but I just hate to lose and knowing it will be five days before we get to play again. You just can’t miss ten free throws, especially at home, and make mental mistakes against a good team and expect to win.”

Logan Ramsey was LA’s top scorer with 13 points followed by Mason Ramsey with 12. Huitt had 11 and Melton added 10. Reeder dropped in 7 and McCoin and Eldridge each added 3.

Livingston will host Pickett County tonight, Tuesday, Nov. 23.

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