CALHOUN DEFEATS CLAY 82-52

(01/21/2004)

By Gaylen Duskey SPORTS EDITOR

realfang@citlink.net

Zach Houchin is usually the man who hands the ball to someone else to score. In football he was the quarterback. In basketball he is the point guard. In both positions he helps someone else score.

Then there are nights like Wednesday night.

While Houchin did pass the ball to others – he had six assists – he added a scoring touch with a season-high 23 points to lead Calhoun County to an 81-52 romp over Clay County.

“I don’t know what he had for dinner,” Calhoun coach Tim Davis said, “but I hope he has it again.”

“Again” could come as early as tonight when the Red Devils travel to Braxton County for a rematch. Game time is about 7:30 p.m.

Calhoun jumped ahead of the Panthers twice on Mike Batten three-point goals, the second gave the Red Devils an 8-6 lead they never relinguished en route to their sixth victory in nine games. Batten finished the night with seven points.

The game was close throughout the first half with Calhoun on top by only five, 37-32.

But that was as close as it got as the Red Devils came out strong in the third quarter quickly pushing the lead to double figures behind the scoring of Houchin and Marcus Davis, who had a game-high 29 points. Calhoun outscored Clay 19-6 in the third quarter to essentially put things away early allowing Davis to play everyone on the bench early.

Jake Perkins also had a big night for the Red Devils with 10 points and 16 rebounds. Tristan Harris added seven while Ryan ‘Goob’ Fitzwater chipped in with three and Tommy Gerwig two. Derek Roberts, Chad Conley and Shawn Hillegas all played but did not score.

Calhoun won the junior varsity game 50-49 behind Gerwig’s 33-point effort.


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