Cavaliers hold off Lions

By Kevin Eckleberry Sports Editor

January 14, 2014

The Callaway Cavaliers didn’t exactly sprint to the finish line Tuesday night, but it didn’t matter.

The home-standing Central-Carroll Lions closed the game on a 16-0 run, but the Cavaliers had built a big enough lead that they were able to withstand that flurry of points.

The Cavaliers (9-2 overall) improved to 5-0 in Region 4-AAA with an 83-76 victory over the Lions.

Dre Martin paced the Cavaliers with 22 points, Braylon Sanders added 17 points, and Pedy Leverette chipped in with 10 points.

The Cavaliers were hitting everything early, and they charged to a 26-7 lead after the first quarter.

The Lions found their footing in the second period, but they still trailed 40-25 at the half.

The Lions got as close as 12 points in the third quarter, but the Cavaliers went on a 16-0 run to take their biggest lead of the game at 58-30.

By the close of the third period, Callaway was ahead 69-48.

The Lions outscored the Cavaliers 28-14 in the fourth quarter, but the deficit was too great.

In the girls’ game, the Lady Cavaliers were within five through three quarters, but the Lady Lions went on an 18-6 run to start the fourth period, and they rolled to a 64-49 victory.

The Lady Cavaliers (6-5 overall) fell to 3-2 in Region 4-AAA, and Central-Carrolll (16-2) improved to 5-1 in the region.

Tanesha Johnson paced the Lady Cavaliers with 24 points, and Monica Jackson added 14 points.

Central’s best player, senior Sherae Bonner, was held to 14 points, but Wesli Simmons poured in 27 points.

“You hold her down to 14, you’re feeling good,” Callaway coach Deyano Marton said. “And you give up 27 points to somebody else.”

The Lady Cavaliers were down 14-6 through the first period, but they fought back in the second half to cut their deficit to 24-21.

It remained tight throughout the third period, but Central pulled away in the final quarter.

Callaway will host LaGrange today.