CALHOUN PLAYS REVITALIZED WIRT TONIGHT

(01/07/2004)

By Gaylen Duskey SPORTS EDITOR

Realfang@citlink.net

Though the season is barely under way Wirt County is winless and en route to being a punching bag for other teams.

The Tigers are 0-5 and it hasn’t been pretty.

But that may be changing according to Calhoun County assistant coach Tim Moore, who thinks the Tigers will rapidly improve.

"They are getting some guys back that didn’t play earlier," Moore said.

The Tigers just recently got center Brandon Frame, forward Jarred Watson and guard Clint Stanley back.

"Watson ate us alive inside last year," Moore said. "Getting him and the other two back will be a real plus."

And the timing couldn’t be any worse for Calhoun since they travel to Elizabeth tonight to face the Tigers.

Calhoun is 3-2 following a split in the Notre Dame Tournament this past weekend. The Red Devils lost to second-ranked Class A Charleston Catholic on Friday before beating host Notre Dame Saturday night in the consolation game.

Saturday’s game saw the emergence of Calhoun’s two-time all-state player Marcus Davis.

Davis torched Notre Dame for 41 points on red-hot night from the floor and the line. The 6-3 senior was 6-12 from three-point land while hitting seven of 10 two-point shots. He was also nine-of-nine from the charity stripe. On the season he is averaging 24 points a game. He also averages 8.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists for the Red Devils.

He is backed by junior Jake Perkins who is averaging 15.6 points a game. His 12.6 rebounds per game leads the Little Kanawha Conference.

One of the big reasons Davis was able to pile up the points against Notre Dame was his senior teammate Zach Houchin, who had nine assists in that game. Overall, Houchin is averaging six assists per game, which is good enough to lead the LKC. He is also averaging 7.6 rebounds per game.

Calhoun’s other starters will be Tristan Harris and Mike Batten.

Following tonight’s game the Red Devils travel to Roane County Friday night for a rematch of the season opener. Roane beat Calhoun in the game 53-49.


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