Lady Cavaliers Are Catching On With Deyano Martin

They’ve come a long way in the last three months.

Coach Deyano Martin has seen it for himself. Martin’s Lady Cavaliers have gone from a 2-6 team to the Class AAA State Basketball Tournament. Now that is a major transformation.

“It’s all about (team) chemistry. We’re trying to take the next step. We have a lot to learn, but we’re giving a lot of effort. We’re showing up, and we’re working together,” said Martin, who has been the Lady Cavaliers head coach for five years.

Callaway High does not have a team full of five-star players. These girls and their coach either win together or lose together. Defense is their calling card. The Lady Cavaliers survive on fundamentals, boxing out and taking the best available shot.

The Lady Cavaliers are on the upswing with an 11-10 record. This is not a team to be taken lightly. Callaway High finished second in Region 5-AAA behind Haralson County in the regular season.

And the Lady Cavaliers followed that up with a third-place finish in the Region Tournament last week in Carrollton. Callaway High beat Rockmart, 47-43 in the region consolation game on Saturday afternoon.

Sophomore center Chyna Cameron and senior guard Tanesha Johnson scored 18 points each for the Lady Cavaliers in that tournament game. The 6-foot-1 Cameron also pulled down eight boards. Callaway High’s Alexus Scott, the junior forward, also got off the hardwood for 13 rebounds.

“We’re balanced, and we still haven’t reached our full potential. But we are winning by committee. We’ve got a chance, and ReRe Porter is playing physical. She’s showingsomesavvy,”Martin said of the senior forward, who is one of the first players off the Callaway High bench.

The Lady Cavaliers have a pretty formidable starting lineup, too, with the 5-foot-6 Johnson, along with Cameron, Scott, senior guard Zamari Hardnett and junior guard Kiki Owens.

Cameron is averaging 11 points and 15 rebounds per game. Johnson is a consistent performer for Callaway High, too. Johnson is averaging 14 points per game.

“We have good guard play and good post play,” said Martin.

Chris Fernsler Sports Writer