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LA teams play for Ensworth Christmas Tournament championships
Resolution Run 5K set for New Year’s Day in Nashville
LA teams take opening round losses in Sunshine Classic

LA teams play for Ensworth Christmas Tournament championships

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Tori Stocking led the Lady Wildcats with 16 points in the semi-final win against Ensworth.

Mac McLeod file photo
Mason Ramsey was named All-Tournament in the Christmas Tournament.

By Mac McLeod,
OCN Sports

Both Livingston Academy basketball teams are in Florida this week, soaking up the sun, playing a lot of basketball, and recalling some exciting moments of last week’s tournament at Ensworth Academy in Nashville.

For the Lady Wildcats, it was a matter of a free throw here or a free throw there that was the difference in taking the tournament championship and coming home with the second place prize. In the case of the boys, it was two heart-stoppers to reach the finals, then an encounter with one of middle Tennessee’s finest teams that resulted in another runner-up prize.

In the opening round of the three-day event, the Lady Wildcats strolled through Columbia Central 65-27 then came back the next night to topple host Ensworth 45-35. On Wednesday, it was a date with Clarksville, the team many expected to take the title with ease. As it turned out, Livingston and Clarksville played a game that could have gone either way and the outcome left the 11-2 Clarksville team only a basket better than the Lady Wildcats in a 54-52 thriller.

“It was a tough loss for us,” LA coach Lesley Riddle explained. “We felt we could have and should have won the game. We played well, but our free throw shooting really hurt (1-7). Both teams played hard and either could have won. We’ll take a lesson here and there and move on to Florida.”

In the semi-final game with Ensworth, Livingston rode the hot three-point shooting of Tori Stocking (4 threes in the second quarter) to move out to a 25-16 halftime lead. The combined shooting of Abby Miller, Samantha Maya, and Kayla Williams upped the margin to 35-26, then in the final 8 minutes, the lady Cats forced three Lady Bulldogs to foul out and cruised to the 10-point victory.

Stocking paced the Livingston attack with 16 points, Mackenzie Sells had 9, Williams 7, Miller 6, Maya 4, and Mallory Mahaney 3. Mahaney’s 3 points seemed small at the time, but the bigger news was it was her first points in over a month, having been sidelined with muscle problems.

In the championship contest against Clarksville, Maya hit the first five points of the night and Mahaney dropped home a big three-pointer and Livingston raced out to a 12-10 first period lead. Sells scored the final four points of the period.

Clarksville came back early in the second period and took the lead at 14-12, but again Mahaney nailed a 3-pointer to keep her team on top. Midway through the period Maya left the game with a slight injury, but it was enough to allow Clarksville to go on a run and take a 30-25 halftime lead.

In the third period, Sells opened with one of two free throws then Mahaney nailed her third three-pointer to close the gap to one, 30-29. Mahaney later tied the score at 37, but a three-pointer and field goal gave Clarksville a 42-37 lead going to the final 8 minutes.

In the final period, the game was tied numerous times and Sells had a shot, although not the best look, with seconds to go and Clarksville leading 54-52. A good Clarksville defense made it almost impossible for Sells to make the points, and the clock was almost out of time. The senior tried her best and even released the ball and it actually went in the hoop, but the horn had clearly sounded.

Sells’ 17 points led the LA scoring with Mahaney dropping home 13. Maya had 9, Miller 7, and Stocking and Williams each had 3.

Sells and Miller were named to the All-Tournament team.

For Jimmy Miller’s boys team, the march to the championship game was anything but a stroll in the park. It took a 25-point effort by Mason Ramsey and a clutch field goal with 2 seconds remaining in overtime by Brock McCoin to get the Wildcats past Nashville Central Christian 64-63 in the opening round then a heart-stopping three-pointer at the buzzer by Kailen Melton to send the game into overtime against Christ Presbyterian Academy (CPA). In overtime, LA rode out to an 81-77 win. In the title game, LA simply couldn’t handle the talent of the home team, Ensworth, and fell 84-53.

The game stayed close throughout its entirety as neither team would simply go away.

LA led 22-21 at the end of the first period and got three three-pointers, two by Melton and one by Mason Ramsey, to stay on top at intermission, 42-40.

CPA went on a 6-0 run early in the third period to lead 46-42, but LA came back on a pair of baskets by Logan Ramsey and two free throws by Mason Ramsey. Logan Ramsey’s basket at the buzzer capped a final minute push that saw McCoin hit three free throws and Melton knock down a field goal. LA held a 55-47 lead going to the final frame.

With 41seconds remaining in the game and LA trailing 65-61, Jake Huitt hit a huge three-point basket to pull the Wildcats to within one, but two free throws at the other end left Livingston trailing by three with only 12 seconds left.

Melton then struck with a three-pointer to send the game into overtime, then LA simply moved away.

Mason Ramsey had 23 points to lead the LA scoring. Huitt and Melton each had 17, Logan Ramsey had 16, McCoin 4, and Logan Beaty 2.

In the championship contest, Livingston stayed close to the number two ranked Bulldogs early in the game actually leading 7-4 at one point. Then the talented home team simply ran away with the game, playing superior defense – at one point later in the game, LA turned the ball over 7 straight times – and making just about every offensive shot.

Ensworth led 21-13 at the end of the first period then 41-33 at the half. In the third period, it took Livingston almost 5 minutes to get off its first offensive shot and a pair of free throws by Huitt with 3:12 showing were the first Wildcat points of the quarter. Ensworth took a 63-42 lead to the final period.

Huitt’s 12 points led Livingston in scoring. Mason Ramsey had 10, Melton and Beaty had 9, McCoin 6, and Colby Reeder 2.

Mason Ramsey, Melton, and Huitt were all named to the All-Tournament team.

The Livingston girls then held a 13-2 overall record while the boys were even at 7-7.

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Resolution Run 5K set for New Year’s Day in Nashville
United Cerebral Palsy and The Nashville Striders recently announced the eighth annual Resolution Run, slated for a start time of 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011.

Race day registration and packet pickup begins at 8:30 a.m. at Hall of Fame Park across from Bridgestone Arena. More than 1,200 participants are expected in this year’s event.

Proceeds from the event will benefit United Cerebral Palsy’s Durable Medical and Adaptive Equipment Exchange Program. UCP provides direct services to individuals with all types of disabilities throughout Tennessee.

Organizers are continuing many of the activities that have made the event a growing New Year’s Day tradition for serious runners and fun-seekers, as well. These include door prizes, medals to winners in all age categories, and a traditional New Year’s Day meal of black-eyed peas and cornbread provided to all event participants after the race.

Music City’s newest men’s chorus, Nashville Singers will be performing the national anthem before the start of the race.

Awards will be given to the top three in each of the 5-year age categories for both men and women. Also included are plaques for overall, masters, grandmasters, senior grandmasters and wheelchair division winners. The event is a sanctioned Corporate Challenge event, with medals and plaques for corporate teams.

The certified 5k (3.1 mile) course starts on Demonbreun Street across from the Country Music Hall of Fame and proceeds across the Cumberland River. Runners loop around a portion of the Coliseum on Titans Way and Victory Avenue before once again crossing the Cumberland River via the Pedestrian Bridge.

Pre-registration is $20 for individuals and $50 for families up to three people. All pre-registered participants are guaranteed a t-shirt. Those interested in participating may register online at www.runnashville.org. Registration can also be completed on the day of the race and is $25 for individuals and $65 for families.

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LA teams take opening round losses in Sunshine Classic
By Mac McLeod,
OCN Sports

It was not a good day for the Livingston Academy basketball teams as both the Wildcats and Lady Wildcats dropped opening round games in the Sunshine Classic in Daytona Beach, FL, Monday.

In the boys game, LA blew several leads to fall to Sunland Baptist Academy of the Bahamas 58-55, and the Lady Cats forced their game with Perry Central of Hazard County, Kentucky, into overtime only to lose 72-66. With the loss, the boys’ record drops to 7-8 and the girls fall to 13-3 on the season. It was the second consecutive loss for both squads as they both reached the finals of last week’s Ensworth Christmas Tournament only to lose in the championship games.

In Monday’s boys game, Livingston trailed 3-2 early in the game then tied the contest at 7 and raced out to a 29-24 halftime advantage against SBA. In the first half, the Cats rode the scoring of Kailen Melton (9) and Logan Ramsey (8) in the first two quarters.

Early in the second half, behind Logan Ramsey, Mason Ramsey, and Melton, the Cats ran off 8 straight points to go on top 39-32, but SBA simply refused to go away and Devon Gibson, who had not scored a single point in the first half, found his range and it proved fatal for Livingston.

Gibson would score all of his game high 19 points in the final 16 minutes in the win for SBA.

Colby Reeder would open the final period with a three-pointer that would give LA a 44-40 advantage then Gibson took over, putting his team on top 48-47 with 4:30 left in the game. It was the first time SBA had led since the first period. Brock McCoin put the Wildcats back on top at 49-48 and a three-pointer by Logan Beaty knotted the score at 52. LA would lead again at 55-54, but that was as far as it got. Sunshine Baptist then took control and a pair of free throws, with only seconds remaining, sealed the win.

Melton led the LA scoring with 11 points, Logan and Mason Ramsey each had 10, Reeder and Jake Huitt added 7, McCoin 6, and Logan Beaty 4.

It was much the same story in the girls game as the Livingston Academy Lady Cats led early on a pair of three-pointers by Mackenzie Sells, but trailed Perry Central at the end of the first frame, 18-14.

Abby Miller hit two straight buckets to open the second period and pulled the game to a tie at 18. Mallory Mahaney then nailed one of her three 3-pointers of the night to give LA a 21-19 lead and that was kinda the way the game went all the way to the end of regulation play. The score was tied at 32 at the intermission.

Livingston trailed 46-45 going into the final period. Back to back three’s by Tori Stocking kept the game a point or two on either side and actually gave the Lady Cats a 61-58 lead with one minute to play. Perry County then used free throws to tie the score at 61 and send the contest into overtime.

In the overtime period, Miller scored all of Livingston’s 5 points, but the parade to the foul line gave the win to Perry County.

Miller led the LA scoring with 19 points while Sells added 17, Stocking 16, Mahaney 9, Allison Dailey 3, and Samantha Maya, 2. In the game, Maya suffered an ankle injury that could possibly sideline her for the remaining two games of the tournament.

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