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Turnovers, turnovers

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011523 lion basketballJ.T. Randolph attempts to evade a defender on his way to the rim. Jayden Randolph lays in two of his 14 points.

By Brian Besch
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Livingston basketball lost its district opener Friday 86-51 to Hamshire-Fannett in a game that was closer than the score would indicate. 

Turnovers and fouls kept the Lions behind in the first quarter. Livingston had trouble maintaining possession and several errant passes went the other way, while a 10-2 difference in fouls would benefit the state-ranked Longhorns for a 20-8 lead.

Livingston pulled within five at one point in the second quarter when they took care of the basketball, but Hamshire-Fannett would stretch the margin to 33-24 at the half. 

The Lions remained competitive with the No. 16 team in Class 4A until the end of the third quarter. 

“Turnovers, turnovers,” Livingston coach Frederic Camp said. “It is like I said, I never can tell who is going to show up. When you don’t do what you were asked to do, that is what happens. You have to do what you’re asked, and if not, it is not going to happen.”

Scoring 27 and 24 in the third and fourth quarters, the ‘Horns did not meet much resistance from the Lion defense. 

For Livingston, Willie Dault had 15 points, Jayden Randolph had 14 and Tyrell Fagan added 12.

Camp believes Friday’s game was the most turnovers he has seen from one of his teams.

“Probably about 25 or 28,” the coach said trying to estimate. “We got beat by that much, so that’s probably how many there were.”

He then talked about his frustrations with the defense.

“Here comes a guy full speed and we sit there and look at him and don’t even step over there and let him run over us. We tell them to step over there and take the charge, because they are coming at the top of the key to the goal. He is going to run over you. If he passes the ball or if he shoots the ball, he is going to run over you. We will take one or two, but that is about it and we let the rest go. It’s just ugly.”

The Lions will take a road trip to Huffman and take on Hargrave Tuesday, then return home for a match versus Hardin-Jefferson Friday. 

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Lion Golf

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011223 lion golfLion Golf Livingston golf took first place at the Hardin-Jefferson tournament played at Idlewild. Team members include (left to right) Drew Davidson, Brayden Akers, Brandon Munson, Tucker Cherry and Jack New. Cherry took first place overall and Akers placed second at the event. Courtesy photo

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Top 10 Football Athletes

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011223 Supercat VarsityLivingston High School recently held offseason competition to determine its top athletes. The varsity (above) and freshmen (below) athletes were separated into different classes. 011223 SUpercat Freshman

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Morris commits to Centenary College of Louisiana

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010523 gage morris signsLivingston High School Senior Gage Morris has committed to Centenary College of Louisiana and will be playing for the Gentlemen’s baseball team. Morris played shortstop and outfield for the Varsity Lions for three years. The Lions finished the season as regional quarterfinalists the last two years. Morris was selected all-district honorable mention his sophomore year and first team all-district shortstop his junior year, along with academic all-district both years. While in high school, he also played football and basketball. He was selected first team all-district shortstop in 2022 and is a member of the National Honor Society and Best Buddies. Morris is pictured with his parents, David and Bria, brother Jace, and grandmother Kathy Lowe.

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Second quarter dooms Lions

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010523 lion basketballJayden Randolph is fouled on a dunk attempt. Willie Dault scored 11 points Tuesday. Photos by Brian Besch

By Brian Besch
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Livingston basketball traded punches with the Jacksonville Indians for one period, then took a knockout blow in the second round, dropping a 75-51 contest Tuesday in Lion Gym.

The home team held a lead for about 11 seconds in the first quarter and the game was tied at 16 going into the second, but that would be erased quickly. The Lions turned in a poor performance on the defensive end in the second quarter, allowing 30 points. Indian ball handlers were allowed to drive without much resistance, with several layups and a few dunks mixed in.

“We need to play defense and quit looking and watching. We watched too much,” Livingston coach Frederic Camp said. “When one of our players has the ball, we just stand there and won’t do anything to get open. Most of the guards I’ve got are looking for somebody to pass the ball to. If they don’t move, they can’t pass the ball, so they get caught. I never can tell you who is going to show up. I don’t know if the 80 (points) bunch is going to show up, or the 40 (points) bunch. Anything that we just went over yesterday, they didn’t do any of it today.”

The Lions were adequate, if unsteady, on offense turning in good results in the first and third. Willie Dault and Ziekus Garner led the team with 11 each. Jayden Randolph had 10 points and Ta McNeal had nine.

Livingston has been off for a week during the holidays after playing in the New Caney tournament. There, they took on larger schools, suffering losses to Nederland, Kingwood Park and Fort Bend Travis, while defeating Rosenberg Terry.

The coach said If his team will begin to play as they are coached, they will compete for the district title. However, he isn’t sure the team’s effort will reflect that of a championship squad each week.

“Whenever they (opponents) are going down the middle of the court and you are backing up and watching him, something is wrong. We (coaches) can design it, but we can’t play it. If they don’t play, it isn’t going to work.”

Camp said he has had conversations about the desire to win with his team, pointing out a player on the team who was part of Livingston’s historic football group from two years ago that secured a district title. He wants his team to have the same feeling of their names on a championship banner, but said that will be determined by their aspirations.

Livingston will have the first opportunity when district starts next week. Until then, they will challenge Kingwood Park at home Friday and are on the road at Huntsville Tuesday. 

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