The Callaway Lady Cavaliers used a strong closing stretch to outlast LaGrange High 48-42 Tuesday night.
Callaway was clinging to a two-point lead with 3:43 remaining, but it outscored LaGrange 8-4 the rest of the way to secure the hard-earned win.
“We came into this environment, and it’s always hostile when you play a cross-town rival, and won the game,” Callaway head coach Deyano Martin said. “LaGrange played really, really hard. They played well. We were able to pull it out. We played with a lot of heart.”
Callaway led 16-12 after the first quarter, and it was on top 25-21 at the half.
In the third period, LaGrange managed just six points, and Callaway was able to take a 34-27 lead into the final quarter.
The Lady Grangers fought back.
They got within one at 34-33 on a basket by Antoinesha Dozier with 5:53 remaining.
After Callaway went back up by six, LaGrange again closed to within two points at the 3:43 mark.
The Lady Cavaliers scored the next four points to go up 44-38 with 2:30 left, and Cheteyha Tucker’s basket with 2:15 remaining made it a four-point game.
That’s as close as LaGrange would come, though.
Callaway was patient on offense, and it came up with some crucial steals on defense to secure the win.
Kristy Daniel and Tanesha Johnson each scored 12 points for Callaway.
Dozier led LaGrange with 13 points, Erica Daniel added 11 points, and Tucker scored nine points.
Callaway will be back in action today for a road game against Heard County.
LaGrange will host Heard County on Friday.