Winning night for Lady Cavaliers
By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY
Gabrielle Johnson poured in 20 points to help the Callaway Lady Cavaliers upend visiting Lanett 48-39 on Tuesday night.
Johnson, who had 21 points in each of her previous two games, scored seven of her points in the fourth quarter as Callaway held off a Lanett charge.
Trailing by 14 points early in the fourth quarter, Lanett got as close as seven before Callaway put it away.
“I felt like we moved a lot better on offense. I felt like we played better as a team,” said Callaway head coach Deyano Martin, whose team was coming off a 69-53 loss to East Coweta on Saturday. “We were a little bit more sound. The post players, they were so aggressive as far as rebounding the ball. We got a few extra shots because we followed our shots.”
Jazmine Thornton added nine points for Callaway, Lacy Thomas scored eight points, and Camryn Stargell contributed seven points.
Bre Glaze paced Lanett with 19 points, including nine points in the fourth quarter to help spur the comeback.
Callaway led 13-11 after the first quarter, and it was ahead 27-21 at the half and 35-26 through three quarters.
Johnson began the fourth quarter by making a 3-pointer and two free throws, and Callaway’s lead was 40-26 with 7:07 to play.
Lanett hung tough and made it a 42-35 game with 3:53 to play on a Glaze basket, but Johnson answered moments later with a basket of her own to push the lead back to nine.
Lanett got within seven on two other occasions, but it couldn’t get any closer.
Martin knew what Lanett was capable of, so he was never comfortable, even as his team built a healthy lead in the fourth quarter.
“I’ve seen this team on film, and I’ve see them come back and get back in the game, so we knew we’d better keep our foot on the gas,” Martin said.
The two teams will play again on Saturday at Lanett.