Lady Cavaliers playing for region title
By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY
Under head coach Deyano Martin, the Callaway Lady Cavaliers have enjoyed plenty of success and have been a consistent winner, but they’ve yet to capture a region championship.
Callaway can rectify that with a victory over Heard County on Friday in the Region 5-AA championship game.
Callaway and Heard County were the region’s dominant teams during the regular season, so it’s no surprise that they’re the last two teams standing in the region tournament.
Callaway and Heard County finished tied for first in the region with 7-1 record, and Heard County is the host team for the tournament after winning a coin toss.
In the semifinals on Wednesday, Callaway overwhelmed Haralson County 64-31, and Heard County beat Temple.
“Like I told them earlier in the locker room, a goal all year was to make it to the region championship,” Martin said. “We’re there. We just have to go out and perform.”
In the first meeting between the two rivals, Heard County beat Callaway 48-40 in Franklin.
In the rematch, Callaway won 58-53 on its home court.
The Lady Cavaliers have won six of their past seven games, and that includes the victory over the Lady Braves.
It’s a Callaway team with a mix of veterans, including Gabrielle Johnson, Camryn Stargell and Niaoke Burks, as well as freshmen Jazmine Thornton and Lacy Thomas. There have been a few bumps in the road, but once the Lady Cavaliers started rolling, they didn’t look back.
“I’m really proud,” Martin said. “We’ve come together as a team. I knew if we had a few games under our belt we’d really be able to jell, so I’m super-proud.”