For the first time in many years, the Concordia Lutheran Cadet ladies will not enter a season with an established “star” player leading the way after the graduation of all-time great Carissa Garcia. So now they will look to several girls to step up in a variety of ways. But where Garcia was critical in tempo, pace and energy will step CC Calloway.
After averaging 5.5 points per game last season, Calloway is the top returning scorer for this team. She also averaged an assist and a half and one steal per game while shooting 37 percent from the field. As with many of the players around this area in our preseason rankings, those numbers are expected to go up significantly for Calloway because of her team’s immediate need for players that can put the ball in the basket.
Heading into her junior season, Calloway will be pretty seasoned. Two of her best games last season came against NE8 champion Bellmont (10 points, 4 assists) and ACAC champion Jay County (13 points, 3 steals). Another good sign of what could be coming from Calloway: she peaked in Sectional play, putting 19 points, three assists and a pair of steals on Woodlan in the Sectional semi final. Calloway is a tenacious player that spent part of last season a little raw with her skills, but she saw significant development along the way. Raising her profile through more consistent shooting has to be focus number one, but she plays determined basketball and will need to step into a variety of Garcia’s abandoned roles.
“CC will need to provide on court leadership with the absence of Carissa [Garcia],” noted Concordia Lutheran coach Dave Miller.