County foes ready to tangle

By Kevin Eckleberry Sports Editor

December 19, 2013

After taking care of one county rival this week, the Callaway basketball teams will try to make it two-for-two tonight.

On Tuesday, Callaway’s boys’ and girls’ teams both got past LaGrange in a pair of hard-fought games.

Today, Callaway will be at Troup High for the first meetings of the season between those county rivals.

The girls’ game will tip off at 6 p.m., with the boys’ game to follow at 7:30 p.m.

It’ll be the continuation of a busy week for Callaway’s teams, who will each have played four games in five days by the time Saturday is over.

That stretch began on Tuesday at LaGrange High, and it continued with games at Heard County on Wednesday.

After today, Callaway will travel to Lanett on Saturday to conclude the busy week.

All of Callaway’s games this week are on the road.

“We’ve got a tough stretch,” said Callaway girls’ coach Deyano Martin, whose team is 1-1 so far this week. “We’ve got LaGrange, Heard in a hostile environment, Troup, and we’re even going out of state. It’s going to be tough. We’ll try to use everybody we have.”

After holding on to beat LaGrange 48-42 on Tuesday, Callaway lost to Heard County 66-54 on Wednesday.

“You need these types of games for January and February,” Martin said.

The Lady Cavaliers carry a 2-2 record into today’s game, while the Lady Tigers are 1-4 after falling to Alexander on Tuesday in their Region 5-AAAA opener.

The Cavaliers, meanwhile, have strung together three straight wins since opening with a loss to Greenville.

That included Tuesday’s dramatic 73-68 win over LaGrange.

The Cavaliers trailed by 12 points early in the quarter, and they were still down by 11 with less than four minutes remaining, but they closed the game on a 19-3 run to pull off the win.

Callaway then thumped Heard County 85-39 to improve to 3-1.

Troup’s boys’ team, meanwhile, had won three straight games before meeting its match in Alexander on Tuesday.

The Tigers carry a 3-2 record into today’s showdown with the Cavaliers.

Also today, LaGrange High’s teams will host Heard County as they look to bounce back from the Callaway losses.

This will be the second time the teams from LaGrange and Heard County have square off this season.

On Dec. 6, the Grangers (3-3) rolled to a 72-43 win over the Braves (2-4), while the Lady Grangers won 45-44.