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Chase Dunn scores 10 in Tech win
Wildcats lose nail-biter to Owls
Lady Cats defeat Lady Owls 78-54
Mackenzie Sells nominated for McDonalds All American

 

Chase Dunn scores 10 in Tech wine


Overton County native Chase Dunn scored 10 points in Tennessee Tech’s 109-105 win over UT-Martin on Thursday, Jan. 13.

In 22 minutes on the court, Dunn shot 3 for 7 from the field and hit 4 of 5 free throws. He also made 2 assists and had 3 steals.

Tennessee Tech took on Murray State on Saturday, Jan. 15 and fell short 85-92.
Dunn played 16 minutes and was second in TTU scoring with 12 points, including a 3-pointer and hitting 3 of 4 on foul shots. He also had a steal, made an assist, and pulled down a defensive rebound.



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Wildcats lose nail-biter to Owls



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This just happens to be Livingston’s Mason Ramsey’s favorite shot and he makes it against Smith County.



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It could be dance, but its basketball and Livingston’s Kailen Melton has perfect form for either when he goes after a missed shot last Friday night against Smith County.



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LA’s Colby Reeder pulls in a missed shot surrounded by thee Owl defenders. Every rebound was a big one Friday night when Livingston and Smith County tangled in Carthage.

 

By Mac McLeod,
OCN Sports

When their respective teams squared off Friday night in Carthage, Livingston Academy coach Jimmy Miller and Smith County coach Dusty Whitaker had a lot more in common than met the eye, but through it all, they both wanted and needed a victory.

Both coaches had just recently inherited their head coaching spots, both had ties to Livingston Academy, and both were struggling to establish, in Whitaker’s case, and reestablish, in Miller’s case, credibility for their respective teams. This game was a lot more than just a district basketball game between two schools.

Miller took over as head coach of the Wildcats when Richard Melton stepped aside back in early December. Whitaker assumed the top spot with the Owls when Scott Apple resigned only a week ago. Both coaches were fairly new at what they were about to do, but both knew that the outcome of Friday’s game would be a big step in the direction both wanted their respective teams to go.

“We are Livingston Academy and everybody wants to beat us,” Miller would say after the game. “We get everybody’s best game.”

The Wildcats certainly got the Owls’ best effort Friday in a 52-51 Smith County victory that shocked everyone, including Whitaker.

“As dumb as I am, I coached my heart out tonight,” the likeable Whitaker would smile after the win, “but more importantly, my kids played their hearts out. This is a huge win for us. Any time you beat a Livingston Academy team you beat the best and that’s certainly true tonight. I have the highest respect for LA and I wish Jimmy (Miller) the very best, from here on out, but tonight, it was our kids who came out on top and I’m so proud of them and the way they played.”

Whitaker is no stranger to LA and he was very familiar to its program. He was an assistant coach at Livingston for four years, three under Danny McCoin and one under Melton, before moving to Carthage after the 2006 season. He knows all about LA basketball and its reputation and he was well aware of how big the win over the Wildcats was.

“The last time Smith County beat Livingston I believe was when I was assisting Danny,” Whitaker tried to recall. “It was my second year there and I think it was in the district. “I may be wrong there, but that’s the best I can recall. I guess I have to give McCoin some credit for this win, he taught me all I know,” he laughed.
Another little known fact about Friday’s game was it was the first time in a very long time that the Wildcats have lost two district games in a season, let alone in a row. Livingston lost to district rival Upperman one week back.

“We’re struggling right now,” Miller admitted. “We aren’t shooting well and when a team goes through that, they sometimes lose confidence. Tonight I thought we played much better defense than we did at Upperman and that’s something we’ve worked hard on this week in practice. Kailen (Melton) is really hard on himself since his shooting has fallen off, but he’ll work through it, and Mason (Ramsey) is missing shots he always makes. Logan (Ramsey) had a good game tonight, but our shooting has got to improve so we can do things we want to do offensively.

“Tonight you have to give Smith County credit,” Miller went on. “They made a lot of three-point baskets and some of them shouldn’t have gone in, but they did. On one of them Colby (Reeder) was all over the shooter but the basket fell. Those are things that you can’t stop and seem to happen to you when you’re struggling. I didn’t think we played badly tonight, we just didn’t take advantage of some of the opportunities, especially right there at the end. We had two chances to win in the last seconds, but didn’t.

“We’ll get better,” Miller concluded. “Our players want to be better, they know they are better and they will get better. Tonight we really could have used a win, but just have to stay positive. It will work out.”

Mason Ramsey got the cats off to a good start with a quick basket, then added a second moments later. Brock McCoin made a nice lay-up to put LA up by 4, 6-2, but then the Owls found the three-point range and nailed four in the next four minutes to take a 17-8 first period lead.

Logan Ramsey got the second period going, taking a perfect pass from Mason Ramsey to close the gap to 17-10. Jake Huitt, McCoin, and Logan Ramsey then led a strong 6-2 LA run to pull the Cats to within three at 19-16. Bubba Jolley followed with a basket, Melton hit a field goal, and Logan put back a missed shot by Reeder, and with 15 seconds remaining in the half, LA was finally back on top. At intermission, the Wildcats were ahead by two, 27-25.

By the end of the third frame it appeared the Wildcats were back in stride, leading 38-32 heading for the final 8 minutes.

To open the final period Melton fouled out and that put some limits on what the Cats could do, but for the first few minutes, LA moved ahead, tasking a 43-38 advantage. With 3:16 remaining, Smith County knotted the score at 45 and from that point it was anybody’s game. In the final minute the game was tied twice, once at 47 then again at 49.

With 45 seconds showing, Huitt put LA on top at 51-49, but a three-pointer at the other end of the floor put the Owls back on top, 52-51. That’s the way it would end, although Livingston had two good chances but neither time could they pull it off. With just over 2 seconds remaining, Huitt got one last chance, but his shot just wouldn’t fall.

Logan Ramsey led the LA scoring with 20 points followed by Mason Ramsey with 10. Huitt had 9, McCoin 6, and Jolley, Melton, and Logan Beaty all with 2.

At 10-10 overall and 3-2 in district play, Livingston will be on the road twice this week in non-league play, traveling to Pickett County tonight and to Clarkrange Friday.




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Lady Cats defeat Lady Owls 78-54



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Despite a strong defensive maneuver by the Lady Owls, Livingston’s Allison Dailey moves inside for two Lady Wildcats points in Friday ‘s game in Carthage.



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When she started scoring, Lady Wildcat Abby Miller, #14, was unstoppable Friday night. Miller led the Livingston scoring with 18 points, 13 in the third period alone.



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Inside can be a little tough, but Livingston’s Taylor Meadows, #5, still manages to get off a shot in Friday’s game.

 

 

By Mac McLeod,
OCN Sports

For two quarters the pesky Smith County Owls pecked away at the Lady Wildcats of Livingston Academy Friday night in Carthage, but when Abby Miller finally found her mark, it was all over but the final buzzer.

And on the heels of a heart-stopping win over Upperman a week earlier, it was another step on the ladder to perfect 5-0 district record and an 18-3 overall mark.
“Well, we haven’t been in school for a while,” the feisty Miller stated after she and her teammates rolled to an easy 78-54 win, “and I know I was a little rusty. It’s nothing all that big, but we ‘re out of rhythm just practicing and not going to school. When we finally got it going tonight, everything fell in place. It might not have been our best game, but it wasn’t all that bad either.”

Miller would lead the Lady Cats in scoring with 18 points on the night, but it was her 13 in the third frame that lit the fire and put the damper on the Lady Owls.

“Abby definitely had a good quarter,” explained teammate Samantha Maya. “For the first half it was just going through the motions it seemed and Smith County hung in there. They played well and we were getting in foul trouble and it just didn’t feel right.

“Coach (Lesley Riddle) warned us about fouling at the half and then tried to put some fire in us. Apparently Abby was paying attention. It was a good game for her and any district win is a big one,” Maya added.

When the action did get started, the Lady Cats started off with full court pressure, which the Lady Owls simply could not overcome. Mallory Mahaney got LA off to a 2-0 lead and Mackenzie Sells put the Lady Cats on top to stay at 4-3. Mahaney dropped a pair of free throws, Maya and Miller nailed field goals, and only a three point Lady Owls basket at the buzzer kept the game respectable. Livingston led at the end of the initial period, 15-9.

But to the credit of the Lady Owls, they wouldn’t go away; a basket here and a free throw there kept them in the game despite LA’s dominance. Chezney Hammock, Maya, Allison Dailey, and Tori Stocking teamed up midway through the period with 9-0 run that gave Livingston a 30-12 lead with 3:45 left in the first half. Another strong run late in the period with Sells, Maya, Dailey, Mahaney, and Miller all nailing points left the home team trailing 37-24 at intermission.

Then in the third period, Miller simply took it on herself to nail down the lid on the game. Sells and Maya scored the first six points of the quarter then Miller scored on a steal and fast break, a three-pointer, a feed from Kayla Williams, and two just plain field goals. Her 13-point period gave the Lady Cats a 57-33 advantage heading to the final 8 minutes.

In the final period, Riddle got a chance to put in her entire bench and they not only held the advantage, they increased it to the final 24-point win. In that final period, sophomore Sidney Staggs, and freshmen Marlee Sells, Jessika McAllister, Taylor Meadows, and Kendall Robbins all saw action.

Three Lady Cats scored in double figures including Miller with 18, Sells 16, and Maya 13. Mahaney and Dailey each added 8 markers, Marlee Sells and Meadows for 4 each, Stocking and Hammock 2, and Williams, Kendall Robbins, and McAllister 1 each.

The Lady Cats will be on the road for both games this week, traveling to Pickett County Tuesday to face a team they defeated 67-31 earlier in the season then to always tough Clarkrange on Friday. Livingston also defeated Clarkrange 53-51 in a barnburner earlier in the season.

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Mackenzie Sells nominated for McDonalds All American

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LA’s Mackenzie Sells is an All American nominee.

Livingston Academy’s Mackenzie Sells is listed among 22 players from Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky recently nominated to the McDonalds All American High School Girls Basketball Team.

A complete list of nominees is available on www.McDonaldsAllAmerican.com. The players were nominated by the McDonalds All American Basketball Team Girls Selection Committees, a group of 32 prominent basketball experts, including nationally-renowned coaches and top high school sports journalists.

McDonalds will name the final team roster during the 2011 McDonalds All American Selection Show at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10 on ESPNU.

The 34rd annual boys game will tip off at 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 30 at the United Center in Chicago, IL, and will air live on ESPN. The girls game will precede the boys game at 5:30 p.m. and will broadcast live on ESPNU.

McDonalds All American alumni include WNBA talent Seimone Augustus (Minnesota Lynx) and Candace Parker (Los Angeles Sparks) who made history at the 2004 McDonalds All American Games when she became the first woman to win the slam dunk contest at the POWERADE Jam Fest..

 

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