The bad times are behind them, and the good times are here.
To say the least, the Lady Cavaliers are growing up. Callaway High has won four of its last seven basketball games. That is good to hear and fun to see for CHS head coach Deyano Martin.
To say the most, the Lady Cavaliers are getting it.
“We’re starting to execute. We’re playing with a lot of energy. We’re playing as a team, and we’re getting in the passing lanes. We’re playing pretty good defense,” said Martin.
The Lady Cavaliers did all of the above on Tuesday evening in a convincing and a raucous 61-35 victory over Columbus Jordan in Region 5-AA basketball on the Callaway home court in Hogansville. The natives were happy.
Chyna Cameron, the 6foot-2 junior center, led the way for the Lady Cavaliers with 23 points, 15 rebounds and three steals. She has quick hands. Cameron would also block three shots on this night.
She was off the hinges and playing two feet off the floor.
“Chyna is getting more intense, and she is demanding the ball,” said Callaway High assistant coach Sam Cotton.
The Lady Cavaliers shot out to a 14-3 lead in the first quarter behind Cameron, who had back-to-back field goals during one stretch. Callaway High also got some toasty inside play from sophomore forward Haley Holliday.
She barreled through for a layup with 1:05 left in the opening period for a 17-3 Lady Cavalier lead. Jordan senior guard Akeviah Davis did sink a three-pointer to begin the second quarter. That shaved the Callaway lead to 12 points.
The Lady Red Jackets went on a 7-1 run. Jordan shrunk the Callaway High lead to 18-10 after consecutive layups from senior guard Nosilla Garner. But the Lady Cavaliers turned their emotion back up two octaves as Cameron scored a pair of field goals on a putback and layup.
Callaway was ahead, 2210, and it would soon be 24-10 after a layup from senior guard Ki Ki Owens. Cameron brought some more offensive punch with three straight offensive moves, resulting in field goals in the third stanza as well.
The Lady Cavaliers were on top by 19 at 33-14. They did make it look easy. In the fourth quarter, Callaway sophomore forward Qua Beasley banked in a threepointer. The Lady Cavaliers also got a three-pointer from Holliday in the final quarter of play.
Callaway was playing some dominating basketball. The Lady Cavaliers are 4-3 in the region and 4-11 overall. Columbus Jordan is 9-9 overall and 3-4 in the region.
The Lady Red Jackets were not the equal of Callaway High. This was a Region 5AA mismatch.
“We’re still learning how to fight through adversity. It was just their night,” said Jordan head coach Cherine Cobb.
The Lady Red Jackets did respond now and then with 18 points from Garner and six points from Davis. Callaway High simply had a few more runs with Cameron, Holliday (13 points, eight rebounds), Owens (12 points, seven steals) and Beasley (five points, seven rebounds).
Callaway owned the backboards with 58 rebounds.
Chris Fernsler Sports Writer