When Callaway coach Terry Hayes looked back on Tuesday’s loss to Chapel Hill, one number jumped out.
The Callaway Cavaliers attempted 18 free-throw attempts, and they made four of them.
The Cavaliers were unable to overcome the free-throw misses in a 67-59 loss to the home-standing Panthers.
The Cavaliers (12-3 overall) fell to 7-1 in Region 4-AAA, and they saw their eight-game winning streak come to an end.
“They made their free throws,” Hayes said. “They made 90 percent, and we made 22 percent. We made four out of 18. That was the difference.”
It was a close game throughout, and the Panthers held on largely because they made 18-of-20 free-throw attempts.
“Give Chapel Hill credit,” Hayes said. “They shot the ball, they ran the floor well, they broke our press.”
Dre Martin paced the Cavaliers with 18 points.
It was the second straight big win for Chapel Hill (8-11, 6-3), which handed Douglass its first region loss on Saturday.
Callaway is now in a first-place tie with Douglass in the region.
In Tuesday’s girls’ game, the Lady Cavaliers were unable to keep pace with a strong Chapel Hill squad.
Chapel Hill (15-4) improved to 9-0 in the region with a 68-45 victory over Callaway.
The Lady Cavaliers (9-6 overall) fell to 5-3 in the region, and they saw their three-game winning streak end.
The Lady Cavaliers got off to a slow start with just four points in the first period, and while they played much better offensively the rest of the way, they were unable to make a game of it.
Monica Jackson led Callaway with 12 points, and Tanesha Johnson added nine points.
Callaway’s teams will try to get back on the winning track when they host Troup today.
The girls’ game tips off at 6 p.m., with the boys’ game to follow at 7:30 p.m.
Callaway’s teams are both looking to complete a season sweep of Troup.