Callaway sweeps to region wins

By Kevin Eckleberry Sports Editor

January 3, 2014

It’s a nice feeling to look up at the scoreboard after the first quarter and see a big zero under the opponent’s name.

It was that kind of Friday night for the Callaway Lady Cavaliers, who took care of business early on the way to a 62-24 victory over Rockmart in their Region 4-AAA opener.

Callaway was up 12-0 after the first quarter, and it led 33-10 at the half.

The Lady Cavaliers (4-3) continued the onslaught in the third period to take a 50-16 lead through three quarters, and they cruised in the final period.

“Once I saw how the game was going, I just wanted everybody to go out there and compete,” Callaway head coach Deyano Martin said. “It’s always good to get everybody out there.”

Everybody on the roster played, and 13 of the players scored at least one point.

The leading scorer was freshman Alexus Scott, who poured in 14 points.

Scott made five shots from the field, and she converted both of her free-throw attempts.

“She’s fun to watch,” Martin said.

Tanesha Johnson added nine points for Callaway, and Ida Kortuelyesi contributed seven points.

“I thought we shot the ball better. We made our free throws,” Martin said. “We’ve been working on it.”

The task will be a lot tougher today.

In a rematch of last year’s region-championship game, Callaway will host Chapel Hill.

After beating Callaway for the region title, Chapel Hill went on to make it to the final four where it lost to St. Pius.

“We should be well-rested,” Martin said. “The starters didn’t play a whole lot of minutes.”

Martin said he did make sure to let the players know things will be considerably more difficult today.

“Just don’t expect to come out tomorrow early in the game and expect the same thing,” was Martin’s message to the players. “Don’t come out with a lull. You have to come out ready to do. If we do, then we should be fine.”

In Friday’s boys’ game, the Cavaliers found themslves trailing 32-26 at the half, but they dominated the third period to take a 12-point lead into the final period.

Callaway (5-2 overall) went on to claim a 71-56 victory in its first region game.

Ernest Patillo sparked the Cavaliers in the third period with 10 points, and he had a game-high 22 points.

Terry Godwin, who had six points in the third quarter, added 10 points for Callaway.

After falling behind 16-13 after the first period, Callaway rallied to take a 26-23 lead late in the second quarter.

Rockmart finished the half on a 9-0 run, though, to seize a six-point lead at the break.

It didn’t take the Cavaliers long to turn things in their favor in the third period.

A Godwin basket tied it at 32-32 with 6:43 left in the third quarter, and Godwin scored off of an offensive rebound 30 seconds later to give his team the lead.

Later in the quarter, Patillo scored eight straight points to push the lead to eight, and Patillo scored again with 1:10 left in the quarter to give Callaway a 14-point lead.

By the close of the period, Callaway was on top 51-39.

Rockmart got as close as eight points in the fourth period, but Callaway was never threatened.