By Jesse Fuhrman
On Feb. 23 the Livingston Academy Boys’ basketball team faced the Smith County Owls in a District 8-AA semifinal game. The Wildcats began the game in typical fashion, with LA eking out a small lead, closing out the quarter with an 18-16 lead. They came out in the second quarter and began playing solid basketball, pulling away with a 35-27 lead to close out the first half. The third quarter was even more dominant for LA, with the score at the end of three periods coming out to 62-39 for a solid LA lead. The fourth quarter was a blur, and even a little stagnant, as LA finished the game with a score of 80-47. The final stat line was: Matthew Sells leading with 24, Isaac Story with 22, Eli Melton with 12, Nick Choate with 6, Nate Carwile with 5, Aiden Coffee with 4, Hunter Coffman with 4, and Jacob Morgan with 3.
The LA boys moved on to York Institute for their next game. Hogeye got out to a slow start, ending the first quarter with a 10-point deficit to go into the second quarter. After the first half they were trailing by even more, with York pulling away into a 15-point lead at the close of the first half, with a score of 31-16. The second half was a similar situation to the first, with York Institute gaining a bigger lead than they had in the first half. The final score was 60-36. LA moved on from this loss to a third place tilt against Watertown High School, with LA hosting.
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