Ready for the rematch

By Kevin Eckleberry

April 29, 2014

Callaway High girls’ coach Matt Leonard is hoping things go better the second time around.

In an early-season game, the Callaway Lady Cavaliers took on Pike County, and they ended up on the short end of a 9-0 score.

On Friday in Zebulon, those two teams will get together again, and this time the setting will be the first round of the Class AAA state playoffs.

Callaway finished fourth in Region 4-AAA to qualify for the playoffs, while Pike County won the Region 2-AAA championship.

At the time of the first Pike County game, the Lady Cavaliers were in a transition period because of a player who had just left the team, and there were also a few key injuries.

“It was early in the season. They got us,” Leonard said. “It wasn’t too bad. The girls played pretty good.”

The Lady Cavaliers went on to go 3-3 in the region to earn a playoff invitation.

Callaway is led by a group of nine seniors who have been a part of a lot of success over the years.

“It’s a good group,” Leonard said.

Callaway also has a talented group of underclassmen, including sophomore Brittany Mitchell, who is the team’s leading scorer.

“I think the girls will be ready. I think they’ll do pretty well,” Leonard said. “You can pretty much always count on them to give full effort. And they will Friday. We’ll be looking forward to scoring a goal or two from somebody.”

Leonard said the players will need to adjust to the size of the Pike County field, which is smaller than what they’re accustomed to.

“They have a narrow field,” Leonard said. “They have speed, athleticism. If we can contain that, we’ll have a chance.”