Lady Cavaliers chasing first win

Published 12:02 pm Saturday, December 21, 2019


Daily News

The Callaway Lady Cavaliers, coming off a hard-fought loss to defending Region 5-AA Lamar County, were unable to keep pace with visiting Greenville on Friday night.

Greenville broke open a competitive game in the second half on the way to a 72-33 victory.

Callaway (0-4), which is still seeking its first win, will finish a busy week with a home game against Newnan on Saturday.

On Thursday, Callaway went toe-to-toe with Lamar County before falling 51-46.

A day later, not much went right as Greenville eased to the one-sided win.

“Right now, our toughest thing is getting rebounds, and getting something in the paint,”

said Deyano Martin, Callaway’s head coach. “We have a tough time with that. And tonight, we had a little tough time beating the press for some reason. I don’t know if we were tired.”

In the second half with Greenville having the game well in hand, Martin made sure to empty the bench and give the starters some rest.

“Why sit there and just keep playing when they look tired? They needed that,” Martin said.

Gabrielle Johnson led Callaway in scoring with 14 points.

In Thursday’s game, Johnson had 19 points, and Niakoe Burks had a big night as well with 18 points.

After Saturday’s game, Callaway won’t play again until next Friday when it hosts Valley.

Callaway will resume its Region 5-AA schedule on Jan. 3 with a game at Temple.

Callaway is 0-2 in the region, with the losses coming to two of the favorites to win the region title, Heard County and Lamar County.

“(The record) is what it is, but I feel good,” Martin said. “I feel like we’ve got a chance against any team in the region.”