Callaway girls basketball sees season end in first round of the playoffs

Published 9:44 pm Tuesday, February 21, 2023

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The Callaway girls basketball team saw its season come to an end on Tuesday night with a 62-50 loss to KIPP in the opening round of the AA state playoffs. 

The first quarter proved to be the Cavaliers undoing as they were outscored 22-6 in the opening eight minutes of play. It was an uphill battle from there with the Cavaliers making some headway in the second quarter, cutting the deficit to 10 points heading into halftime. This was in large part due to Raniya Mahone, who lifted the Cavaliers offense out of the depths by scoring 12 of her team-high 19 points in the second quarter. 

Callaway could not find the same momentum on the other side of the break and ended up trailing by 11 going into the final quarter. Any attempt at a rally fell short as the Cavaliers season came to an end in Atlanta. 

The Cavaliers got no bench production on offense as the starters had to shoulder the bulk of the load. Lacey Thomas finished with 12 points while Jailyn Baker had 10. Aniyah McFarland scored five points and Keiuynna Maddox finished with four to round out the scorers for the Cavaliers. 

It will be back to the drawing board for the Cavaliers, who put together back-to-back trips to the state quarterfinals the two previous seasons before this year’s first round exit. The Cavaliers finished the season with a 17-8 record.