T-Birds take fifth at South Callaway Tourney

T-Birds take 5th at South Callaway Tourney
The North Callaway Thunderbirds took fifth place at the South Callaway Tournament Saturday. Here, they show off their newly acquired hardware.
Nathan Lilley
General Manager

Two words best sum up North Callaway’s first-quarter play in Saturday’s basketball game.

Red hot.

Callaway squared off against their South Callaway Tournament host and opened with a 29-12 flourish; they never looked back in a 84-70 win, claiming the fifth-place tourney trophy.

Speaking of red hot, Webb Langworthy accounted for 27 of Callaway’s total points. Langworthy scored 22 points in the first 10 minutes of the contest and sank five 3-pointers for the game. He finished with a double-double, pulling down 10 rebounds as well.

The contest was a reminder of Callaway’s firepower, with four players in double-digit scoring.  Cody Cash flirted with a triple-double, scoring 19 points while collecting 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Sam Pezold converted on three 3-pointers en route to an 11-point night; Matthew Weber also had 11 points.

Dovetailing into the Thunderbird scoring spree was their rebounding, controlling the boards for 39 team rebounds. The win pulls North Callaway to an overall 7-6 record on the season.

“It’s good to be above .500 for the first time this season,” said coach Matt Miller, who called the game “a good step forward.”

No. 7 South Callaway was 17-for-46 from behind the 3-point arc. Trace Helsel had 17 points, Brandon Brewer, 14; Trynnen Gray, 14; and Tayber Gray, 12. South Callaway falls to 6-8 overall with the loss.

Here's how the Thunderbirds fared earlier in the tourney:

North Callaway Girls

A slow start proved too much to overcome as the North Callaway girls fell 58-34 to No. 2 Hermann Monday night, Jan. 11, at the South Callaway Tournament. The No. 7 seed, Callaway fell behind 14-2 at the end of the first quarter but steadied the ship in the second quarter, trailing 22-14 at the half. Hermann would answer, outscoring Callaway 36-22 in the second half.

Abrille Burgher had 13 points and 4 assists for Callaway; Kyanne Kellerman had 8 points and 6 rebounds. Kenzie Eaker also had 8 points, coming off the bench.

Hermann used their depth with nine players contributing, led by Maya Wideman, who had 12 points.

“We just couldn’t make our shots in the first quarter,” said Callaway coach, Morgan Beamer.

Beamer noted how the team rallied in the second quarter and made the game interesting. Callaway pulled to within three points in the third quarter before Hermann answered.

Wednesday night, Callaway had an 8-point lead in the fourth quarter but couldn’t collect their second win of the season against No. 6 New Bloomfield. New Bloomfield led 20-13 after the first quarter but the Thunderbirds came back in the second, entering the intermission with a 28-28 tie. Callaway outscored New Bloomfield 14-8 in the third quarter, but the fourth would shift the tide.

“The girls played a hard-fought game,” said Coach Beamer. “We had the lead and just couldn’t hold on to it.”

That lead dissipated in the fourth quarter, as New Bloomfield outpaced Callaway 17-7 on the way to a 53-49 win. The loss eliminated Callaway from the tournament.
Burgher led North Callaway with 17 points; Kellerman had 12 and Allen had 8 rebounds and 5 steals.

New Bloomfield was led by Ellie Emerson, 17 points; Asysa Nichols, 16; and Makenna Branch, 15.

Callaway’s stands at 1-10 as they gear up to host Fayette Monday night (results not available at press time).

North Callaway Boys

After being held scoreless in the first quarter, Vienna’s 6-foot-6 Trey Snodgrass exploded for 24 points against the North Callaway Thunderbirds in opening round action at the South Callaway Tournament Tuesday night, Jan. 12. While the Vienna big man was thriving under the basket, the Callaway offense had one of their lower point-production nights of the season, making for a long night.

Callaway led 25-23 at the half but No. 4 seed Vienna outpaced the No. 5 T-Birds 21-8 in the third quarter en route to the 57-44 win.

“As the score shows, the third quarter really hurt us,” said Callaway coach Matt Miller.

North Callaway has put up some NBA-like point totals in the 2020-21 season, but that wasn’t the case versus Vienna. Callaway shooters were 18-for-46 from the field (39 percent), 3-for-7 from the free-throw line, and 5-for-18 from behind the 3-point arc.

Cody Cash led Callaway with 23 points and 4 assists. Matthew Weber had 11 points and Noah Scrogum had 7 rebounds.

North Callaway offense returned to life Thursday as they defeated New Bloomfield 71-41. Cash picked up two early fouls in the contest, causing his first-half playing time to be significantly reduced. But he made up for lost time with 20 second-half points, finishing with 22 for the game. Cash converted on four 3-pointers and added 6 assists. Weber had 16 points, hitting on four 3-pointers.Grant Eichman scored 5 points off the bench and added a career-high 8 rebounds.

“Our starters did an excellent job,” said Miller, who also credited the bench for their contributions. “It was a good team win.”

New Bloomfield’s Adam Deppe had 18 points. New Bloomfield dropped to 1-11 overall with the loss.

Callaway JV splits with Centralia

Centralia defeated the North Callaway girls 41-12 in junior varsity action Monday night, Jan. 11.

Callaway stands at 1-5 after the loss.

The North Callaway jayvee boys defeated Centralia 39-33, improving to 3-5, fueled by a 22-point night from Sam Pezold. Pezold hit two 3-pointers and was 4-for-4 from the free-throw line.

Austin Orth led Centralia with 9 points.

The North Callaway junior varsity hosts Wellsville Tuesday, Jan. 19 (results not available at press time).



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