Callaway struggles in region tournament semifinals, will enter playoffs as third or fourth seed

Published 8:49 pm Wednesday, February 15, 2023

The Callaway girls basketball team could not find any sort of rhythm on Wednesday as they fell to Landmark Christian in a 73-29 loss in the semifinals of the region tournament. 

It was tough sledding for the Cavaliers offense on the evening. 

Despite keeping the game close enough early, trailing 19-10 after the first quarter, eventually the pressure broke the dam and Callaway could not find a way back in the game. By halftime, the deficit had grown to 20 points. It only got worse from there as the Cavaliers could not find an answer for anything Landmark Christian threw at them offensively and defensively. 

By the time the fourth quarter rolled around, the Cavaliers trailed by 30+ and two minutes were mercifully cut off the final quarter of play. 

The Cavaliers had no answer for Gabbie Grooms, who scored a game-high 20 points. No other player in the game scored in double figures for either team.

Callaway was led in scoring by Lacey Thomas and Raniya Mahone who finished with eight points apiece. Jailyn Baker finished with a quiet six points with Aniyah McFarland only able to manage three points. Keiyunna Maddox and Tra’Niyah Mitchell each scored two points to round out the Cavaliers that got in the scoring column on the day.

Callaway fell to 16-7 overall. The Cavaliers will play in the third-place game on Friday against Eagle’s Landing at Columbia High School. Callaway won both regular season matchups by double-digits and with a win will earn a three seed in the state playoffs while a loss will see the Cavaliers enter the AA state playoffs as a no. 4 seed.