Callaway blows out Valley

Published 9:50 pm Thursday, February 1, 2024

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Thursday was a breeze for the Cavaliers as they hosted Valley (AL) and sent them packing with a tough 68-14 loss.

It was all Callaway from the get-go. The Rams were outscored 20-7 in the first quarter and that was the best offensive quarter for the road team as the Cavalier defense swarmed them all night. 

The suffocating Callaway defense was on full display regardless of who was in the game. Cavalier coach Deyano Martin used practically every player at his disposal and it did not matter as there was no drop-off on the defensive end when the reserves hit the court.

After a strong opening quarter, Callaway continued to pour it on, taking a 39-11 lead into halftime. The second half was no better for the visiting Rams as they were outscored 29-3 over the final two quarters, including a shortened fourth quarter in which Valley put up zero points.

Senior Lacey Thomas set the standard early for the Cavaliers, compiling 13 of her game-high 19 points in the opening quarter and single-handedly outscored the Rams in the quarter and across the entire game. Thomas was one rebound shy of a double-double while also chipping in five steals.

Thomas was not the only Cavaliers to outscore Valley on their own as starting point guard Keiyunna Maddox finished the game with 16 points. She also stuffed the stat sheet with eight steals and seven assists — leading the team in both statistics in the game.

In total, nine Cavaliers scored in the game including Raniya Mahone and Tra’Nita Mitchell scoring eight points apiece.

Callaway is on a tear, winning four in a row and 13 of its last 14 games to improve to 18-2 overall and 12-0 in region play. The Cavaliers will travel to take on region foe Columbia on Friday before hitting the road once again on Saturday to face East Coweta.