By Mac McLeod,
“We’re getting better and better playing as a team, and that has really helped us,” Livingston Academy senior basketball player Jordan Key pointed out Thursday afternoon. “Our serving is getting better, moving the ball from player to player is much improved, and our front line is doing a great job of scoring points.
“This team is different from last year’s team in a lot of ways, but both teams wanted to win and we’re getting better at it. Our intensity is really strong and overall, it’s our total team play that has us undefeated so far.”
Against Jackson County last Thursday at home, the Lady Cats ran their season record to 7-0 with a 3-game sweep of the Lady Blue Devils. In an earlier meeting between the two teams in Gainesboro, Jackson County avoided a sweep, winning one of the four games.
This time around, Livingston was improved and showed it as the Lady Cats had little trouble winning the match in three straight games – 25-14, 25-8, 25-15. In none of the three games was the outcome ever in doubt, but late in the third contest, Jackson County rolled off five straight points late to close a 21-9 gap minutes earlier.
“That gave us a chance to get a lot of players in the game,” head coach Christie Jenkins explained. “This entire team is so much pleasure to work with and I’m just so proud of the way they are playing now. They want to win and they want to simply get better, and that’s a really good thing.
“We’re going to Gatlinburg this weekend and play almost all day Saturday and the experience will really help us against some real good teams. We’ll see just how much it helped when we get back here (home) Monday against Smith County,” the coach concluded.
“I really think the way we’re moving the ball around and getting great sets is one of the big reasons we’re doing so well,” Keaton Webb explained. “Watch how Jordan (Key) and a couple others set up the ball on the second shots to make it easy for a good point shot. This is fun and all of us really enjoy playing with each other. Let’s go all the way to state this time.”