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Cats win first game of season, lose two
Lady Cats trounce Greeneville 72-38
All-State player honored at Senior Night in Iowa
Coaches vs. Cancer signed ball winners announced

Cats win first game of season, lose two

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Livingston Academy’s Kailen Melton fires up a shot from 15 feet against Pickett County last Tuesday night. The referee indicates the basket was good.

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Mason Ramsey pulls down a rebound and looks to pass it to a fast breaking teammate in last Tuesday’s game with Pickett County. Ramsey had 13 points in the 63-36 win.

By Mac McLeod,
OCN Sports

While the Livingston Academy girls are off to a solid 6-0 start this basketball season, Richard Melton’s boys are battling through a 1-4 start, their slowest since the 2005 season.

Known for a very tough early season schedule, the Wildcats can boast only a 63-36 victory over Pickett County in the plus column. Losses have been as extreme as 22 points against West Creek in the season opener to a one point setback Friday night against Bradley Central. In that loss, Bradley took a 66-65 win. Livingston lost on Saturday night to Cleveland 82-71.

In the setback, all was not lost as Livingston’s Kailen Melton set a new school record for three-point conversions. The senior Wildcat hit 11 three pointers breaking the old mark set by Mitchel Copeland of nine.

Against Pickett County Tuesday, Nov. 23 at home, the Wildcats had very little trouble collecting their initial victory of the year. Kailen Melton opened the game with a pair of three-pointers and Mason Ramsey closed the period with another long range basket. Livingston led at the end of one, 17-8.

Logan Beaty picked up the hot shooting hand in the second frame, getting the Wildcats’ first seven points, and at the intermission, LA held a commanding 33-14 lead.

Melton led the Livingston scoring attack with 15 points while Mason Ramsey added 13. Jake Huitt added 7 as did Beaty while Brock McCoin and Logan Ramsey each had 6. Creed Hayes had 3 and Paxton Eldridge and Heath Thompson each hit for 2.

In Friday’s game with Bradley Central, played in Cleveland, the Wildcats stayed close in the first period, trailing 18-14 at the horn and were down by only three, 33-30, at intermission. Three points separated the two squads at the end of the third period, 50-47, then Bradley held on for the 66-65 win.

Mason Ramsey was the top scoring Wildcat with 17 points. Huitt added 15 and Melton put in 10. Logan Ramsey had 8, Colby Reeder had 7, Hayes 4, and McCoin 3.

Livingston will be back in action tonight, Tuesday, Nov. 30 on the road in Crossville taking on Stone Memorial. The Wildcats will return home on Friday for their first district game of the season against Smith County.


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Lady Cats trounce Greeneville 72-38

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With her eyes focused on the basket, Livingston’s Abby Miller drives for a lay-up in last week’s game with Pickett County. Miller had 7 points in the LA victory.

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LA’s Mackenzie Sells fires away during Saturday’s Coaches Vs. Cancer tournament game with Greeneville. Sells led the Lady Wildcats with 25 points in a convincing 72-38 win.

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Livingston’s Tori Stocking and Allison Dailey close in on a Pickett County player trying to get the ball to a defender.

By Mac McLeod,
OCN Sports

When she walked off the floor Saturday night moments after a most convincing victory, Livingston Academy senior Tori Stocking simply said, “That’s the kind of team we need to be, every night.”

If they are, Lady Wildcats opponents are in for another long season and LA could most definitely be headed back to state playoff berths.

Saturday’s one-sided 72-38 trouncing of highly regarded Greeneville saw the Lady Wildcats put together by far its most impressive showing of the young 2010-11 season and even convinced the players things are falling into place.

“It might well be the best performance of any Livingston team I’ve played on,” senior Mackenzie Sells flatly pointed out after the game. “Tonight we put it all together and played almost perfectly. We played well on offense and our defense was just super.”

And teammate Samantha Maya fully agreed.

“I can’t remember, right off the top of my head, any game where we played any better, both offensively and defensively,” Maya added. “We put a lot of pressure on them and they couldn’t handle it and we shot the lights out, especially there in the first period. It was a fun game to be a part of.”

When broken down, Sells and Maya were saying this was one of the best overall games they’ve played in and they’ve been a part of 81 wins and only 30 losses over their four-year careers.

And even the coach was impressed.

“If that team plays all year like it played tonight, we will be a very good team. It was awesome,” pointed out a very pleased head coach, Lesley Riddle.

“We watched Greeneville play Friday and felt like they would be one of the very best in this tournament. I even told my coaches if we could get out with a two or three point win I would be pleased. Then we go out and shoot almost 100% in the first five minutes of the game and totally overwhelm them with a pressing defense. It was fun to be a part of that’s for sure,” Riddle added.

Saturday’s contest played at Livingston as part of the Coaches Vs. Cancer tournament, was third of the week for the Lady Wildcats and proved to be their sixth straight win of the season. In earlier action, Livingston rolled over Pickett County on Tuesday night 67-31 then ripped up Morristown East 66-45 on Friday.

Unlike recent engagements between LA and Pickett County, this year the Lady Bobcats were young and inexperienced and this time it was almost a walk in the park for the Lady Wildcats.

In the first period, Sells and Maya teamed up for the first 7 points and the LA defense forced three turnovers in the first three trips down the court for the visitors.

Livingston led 21-3 at the end of the first frame. Stocking and Allison Dailey got in on the scoring act in the second frame and when Dailey nailed a three-pointer at the buzzer, the Lady Cats were on top, 37-15.

The only thing that changed in the second half was different names doing the scoring. Chezney Hammock and Sidney Staggs did the scoring and with Abby Miller controlling the boards – at one point she had 6 straight, the Lady Cats simply played out the game with ease.

Mackenzie Sells paced the LA attack with 23 points and Stocking put in 10. Miller and Dailey added 7, Hammond 5, Staggs 4, Jessika McAllister 3, and Heather Cravens and Rachel Reeder 2 each.

Friday night saw the Lady Cats, now 5-0, taking on an unknown in Morristown East, but through her years of experience, coach Riddle felt like the caliber of ball played in east Tennessee would produce a tough opponent.

“Teams from east Tennessee always play tough, especially on defense,” Riddle pointed out, “so we just felt like it would be a good chance to see how we would play in that situation. Obviously, looking at the outcome, we did well.”

Riddle was pointing to the fact that her club didn’t miss a beat, especially after getting used to the situation in the first half. Livingston would win 66-45, but the game was closer than that early.

As has become a habit for her, Mackenzie Sells opened the LA scoring with a three and Kayla Williams followed with a field goal to put Livingston up 5-0. A basket by Maya and another three by Sells boosted the lead to 12-8. At the buzzer, the Lady Cats held to an 18-16 margin.

Both teams struggled offensively early in the second frame, but Sells finally broke the drought and finished the half with 14 of her 19 on the night. Livingston led by 10, 31-21, at intermission.

In the second half, LA got its scoring machine back on track. Stocking opened the second half with a free throw then Sells nailed a three. Stocking added a three moments later as did Miller and suddenly the Cats were rolling. Williams popped a field goal and Hammond nailed a three and going to the final frame, LA had a 20-point lead, 50-30.

Riddle worked in almost every player on her bench in the final frame and it didn’t seem to phase the LA attack. Kendall Robbins, Taylor Meadows, and Marlee Sells added their names to the list of scorers as did Reeder and McAllister.

Following Mackenzie Sells in scoring were Maya and Hammock with 8 each, Stocking with 6, Cravens 5, Dailey and Williiams 4, Miller 3, Reeder, Meadows, and Robbins 2, and Marlee Sells 1.

In Saturday’s almost “perfect storm” the Livingston girls simply overwhelmed their visitors, scoring 20 straight points to open the first period. Maya and Sells did most of the scoring damage while defensively, the remainder of the starting five of Williams, Stocking and Miller flustered the Lady Devils. LA led 20-0 before the visitors finally scored with 3:20 remaining in the frame and led 26-4 at the buzzer.

And it stayed that way all night. Livingston led 45-21 at intermission, and 63-30 heading into the final 8 minutes.

On the night, Sells led the attack with 25 points including five three-pointers. Maya was close behind with 20 and two threes. Cravens added 7, Stocking 5, Miller 4, and Reeder 3. Hammock, Dailey, and Meadows each had 2, and Mallory Mahaney, returning to the lineup following a back injury, had 1.

Livingston will be on the road tonight, Tuesday, Nov. 30 at Stone Memorial in Crossville then will return home Friday night for the first district game, hosting Smith County.



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All-State player honored at Senior Night in Iowa

Austin Andrew Shaver is escorted by his parents, Gina and Lance Shaver, during Senior Night activities.

Austin Andrew Shaver recently celebrated Senior Night at Burlington High School in Burlington, IA.

Shaver played both center and linebacker his senior year. His team was put out by Cedar Falls in the playoffs at University of Northern Iowa Dome. He finished second in the state of Iowa in tackles and was honored by making All-State. He also made all Mississippi Athletic Conference.

He is the 18 year-old son of Lance and Gina Coleman Shaver and the grandson of Butch and Lynda Shaver of Nashville and Jimmy and Wanda Coleman of Livingston, and the late Drucilla Hamilton Coleman. He is the great grandson of the late Bill and Ardean Coleman and Ray and Glennis Hamilton. He went to school in Murfreesboro until his family moved to Iowa when he began 8th grade. His sister, Morgan Lachelle, is a junior at Burlington High School where her cheer squad made second in state in Des Moines and BHS Dance Team is competing December 2 in Des Moines.

Shaver also plays baseball, although there is no spring baseball in Iowa, he plays for his high school throughout the summer. Last year he made 1st Team All -Conference in baseball, 1st Team All-Southeast Conference, 1st Team All-Hawkeye, and All-State.

He plans to major in Criminal Justice in college and to play football or baseball at the next level.




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Coaches vs. Cancer signed ball winners announced

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Jared Clements, left, and Cassandra Cravens, right, show off signed basketball they won during a drawing in last week’s Coaches Vs. Cancer Tournament at Livingston Academy. Each ball was signed by University of Tennessee basketball coaches Bruce Pearl and Pat Summit.


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