Not quite, but still a great year
It has been a long journey for the Calvert Lady Trojans. They have come back from the dead four years ago to State Semi-Finalist in 2014. For Tiffany Williams and Lakeydra Mosley, the journey has been a longer one, but the payoff this year has been great. Both young ladies as freshmen were part of a Calvert team, 4 years ago that won only 2 games all season. Williams would tear her ACL and Mosley would suffer through a 2-16 campaign without her best friend and running buddy. Their sophomore year, they were joined by freshman Diesha Clark, and the team began to come together. They won 18 games that year, finished 3rd in District, and won a playoff game. Their junior year they were joined by freshman Jaylonn Walker, and they got better still, finishing 2nd in district, winning 24 games and again winning a playoff game but losing out in the Area round. This year that foursome has brought the energy and the desire that Championship teams are made of. Adding Senior Raquel Wortham to replace graduated senior Jesha Ramirez, completed the “iron five” (all average at least 30 minutes a game), and now they are District Champions, Area Champions, and Region Champions, hold a 29-1 record, and are in the State Tournament for the 1st time since 2007. They will face the Roscoe Highland Lady Hornets at 1:30 Friday in the Semifinals. The Lady Hornets lost in the 2013 State Semifinals and are looking to avenge that lost so Calvert would have its hands full.
It looked typical of Calvert opponents since the playoffs began; the Roscoe-Highland Lady Hornets started 4 players who stood 5’10” or better. The big discrepancy between the teams in height, proved no big problem for the Lady Trojans, as they used their quickness and speed, to race by the taller Lady Hornets and move into the State Finals with a 53-45 win. Calvert’s Jaylonn Walker put on a shooting exhibition the 1st half scoring 21 of the Trojans 30 1st half points, hitting five 3-pointers in the 1st half. Walker would finish with 30 points and six 3-pointers (1 shy of the State record). Calvert’s aggressive defense forced the taller Hornets into many passing errors which the Lady Trojans would convert into baskets and lead at the half 30-26. The Trojans would build their lead to 13 after the 3rd quarter as Tiffany Williams and Diesha Clark would add 9 and 10 points respectively, and Lakeydra Mosley would add 2 key baskets and the Calvert Lady Trojans would find themselves in the Finals for the first time in school history, on Saturday night at 7:00 pm.
The Lady Trojans opponents just keep getting taller as they faced Nazareth in the Finals with it’s 6’4” and 6’ Van Djik sisters. Nazareth defeated Lipan 57-41 to advance to the Finals against Calvert. After surviving the height disparity all playoffs, the Lady Trojans finally ran into some size they could not overcome. Nazareth with its’ pair of Van Djik sisters standing 6’4” and 6’ along with a 5’10” sharpshooting guard was too much for Calvert and the Lady Trojans bowed out in the Finals 82-41 to the Swiftettes for the Title. The Lady Trojans had a chance early to take control of the game but missed to many easy shots and had some costly turnovers that hurt. After leading 9-8 after the 1st, Calvert went cold and Nazareth found its’ rhythm. They raced out to a 35-22 lead at halftime. Calvert’s shooting woes would continue and Nazareth would take full advantage and complete the run away win in the 2nd half. Jaylonn Walker had 22 points, Tiffany Williams 8, Diesha Clark 8, and Raquel Wortham 3, to complete the scoring for Calvert. It was a magnificent run for the Lady Trojans, who will end the year with a 30-2 record and as State Runner up, to cap what has been a remarkable year for Calvert Lady Trojan Basketball. You have made us all proud, Congratulations.
The Lady Trojan Track team 2013 State Runner up, led by its’ two State Champions Tiffany Williams (400 meters) and Lakeydra Mosley (100 meters) will be in action Thursday at the Bremond Tiger Relays. Overall the two won five medals at last years’ State Championship (2 gold, 2 silver, and a bronze).
Michael Cotton / Robertson County News