They’re heading back to state.
The Callaway Lady Cavaliers made their long-awaited debut in the Region 4-AAA tournament on Monday, and they needed a win over Haralson County to not only advance to the semifinals, but secure their invitation to the state tournament.
With the 47-28 victory over Haralson County, the Lady Cavaliers (16-8) know they’ll be playing in the state tournament, no matter what happens the rest of the way in the region tournament, which is being held at Haralson County.
“That punched our ticket to state,” Callaway coach Deyano Martin said. “That’s back-to-back years. To go to the state tournament two years in a row, that’s alright.”
Callaway, the tournament’s number three seed, will play second-seeded Central-Carroll at 4 p.m. today, with the winner advancing to Wednesday’s championship game.
The region tournament was delayed several days because of last week’s winter storm.
The Lady Cavaliers were originally schedule to play their first tournament game early last week, and the tournament was supposed to be over by Saturday.
Instead, the tournament didn’t begin until Saturday, and by the time they took the court on Monday, the Lady Cavaliers hadn’t played in more than a week.
They showed no signs of rust, though.
Haralson County had eight points at the half, and it had managed just 14 points through three quarters.
Haralson County scored half of its points in the fourth quarter after the outcome had been decided.
“We jumped out on them and silenced the crowd a little bit,” Martin said.
Monica Jackson had a terrific all-around game with 15 points, eight rebounds and three steals, and Tanesha Johnson added 14 points.