More changes for tourney
By Kevin Eckleberry firstname.lastname@example.org
For the Callaway High basketball teams, it’s a waiting game.
The winter storm that has hit the state this week has had an impact on the Region 4-AAA tournament at Haralson County, which was supposed to begin earlier this week.
Because of the storm, though, the start of the tournament has been pushed back few different times, and now it won’t begin until Saturday, and the Callaway teams won’t play until next week.
The Lady Cavaliers, who have seen the date of their first tournament game change four times, will play on Monday at 4 p.m. against either Rockmart or Haralson County, who are playing Saturday.
If the third-seeded Lady Cavaliers win that game, they’ll make it to the semifinals on Tuesday, and they’ll be guaranteed a spot in the state tournament.
The Cavaliers, meanwhile, won’t play until Tuesday at 4 p.m., and they’ll face either Chapel Hill or Jackson-Atlanta.
The Cavaliers, by virtue of their second-place finish in the region, have earned a bye into the semifinals, meaning they’ll be in the state tournament no matter what happens.
The Cavaliers (17-6) are coming off a successful regular season, and they have won four consecutive games.
By the time they play on Tuesday, though, the Cavaliers will have gone more than a week without a game.
The team has also had its practice time diminished because of the winter weather.
As Callaway head coach Terry Hayes said, though, it’s something all the teams are dealing with.
“One thing about it, everyone is in the same boat we’re in,” Hayes said. “There won’t be any advantage.”
The Cavaliers practiced on Monday, and after not practicing the next three days, they’ll get back in the gym today and Saturday.
After one more practice on Monday, they’ll be ready to roll on Tuesday.
“We’ll try to get our legs back, and get our minds ready to win a region championship,” Hayes said.
If Chapel Hill advances, it would set up a third meeting against Callaway, and they have each won once.
“We’ll probably face a familiar foe in Chapel Hill,” Hayes said. “I assume that’s who it’ll be. I think Chapel Hill will beat Jackson.”
The Lady Cavaliers, meanwhile, could be looking at a showdown with Haralson County, which would have home-court advantage.
Callaway has beaten Haralson County twice, and while the first one was a blowout, the second game was decided by just two points.
On Feb. 5, Callaway edged Haralson County 50-48.
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