After opening the season with 11 straight losses, the Callaway Lady Cavaliers broke through for their first victory of the season Tuesday night at Temple.
The Lady Cavs took control of the game from the start, and they never let up on the way to a 54-37 victory.
Callaway improved to 1-3 in Region 5-AA play.
“I’m very proud of them for hanging in there throughout (the season),” said Deyano Martin, who got his first victory as a head coach.
The Lady Cavs have come close a few times, most notably at Manchester when they lost in overtime.
Now, Martin said the key is for the team to build on win No. 1.
“We have to take this game and build confidence,” Martin said. “We see what it feels like to win and that’s a great feeling. I’m proud of all the girls’ effort tonight.”
The Lady Cavs were up 14-9 after the first quarter, and they led 36-20 at the half.
There was no letup in the second half, with Callaway charging to a 44-25 lead after the third quarter. Tytiyuana Gates led a balanced scoring effort with 11 points, while Monica Jackson, Jamonica Dean and Latasha Anderson each scored nine points.
Tyeria Cameron pitched in with eight points.
In the boys’ game, the Cavaliers (5-10 overall) evened their region record at 2-2 with a big road win
over the Tigers, who came into the game with a 12-2 record.
Led by an 18-point effort from point guard Tyrell Tigner, the Cavaliers jumped out to an early lead and didn’t look back.
“We played really well tonight,” Callaway head coach Terry Hayes said. “All of our guys really came out and played their hearts out tonight and we were able to get the win. It really gives us some confidence going forward. We are in good shape.”
Along with Tigner’s 18 points, senior post player Ricky Parks added 13 points, and Nehemiah Jones scored 11 points.
Callaway’s teams will take on Heard County Friday in Hogansville.