CALHOUN FALLS APART IN 4TH QUARTER - Doddridge Beats Devils 71-64

(02/10/2004)

By Gaylen Duskey SPORTS EDITOR

realfang@citlink.net

It took a long run for Tim Williams to kill Calhoun County in football. Monday night the Doddridge County senior did it from much closer range – the free throw line.

Williams hit a pair of free throws with :27 remaining to give the Bulldogs an insurmountable four-point lead en route to a 71-64 LKC victory over the Red Devils.

Actually Williams’ free throws were merely the exclamation point on a thoroughly miserable quarter, which saw the Red Devils outscored 32-17.<>P> “It was the worst quarter of basketball we have played all year,” Calhoun coach Tim Davis said. “Actually we didn’t play … we stopped playing.”

Calhoun, now 10-5, went into the quarter leading by eight, 47-39.

But it didn’t last long.

Doddridge, 8-7, chipped away quickly and took the lead for the first time since early in the game on a three-point goal by Curtis Ash, who had a game-high 32 points. Ash’s shot put Doddridge on top 50-49.

The next time Ash canned a three it gave Doddridge the lead for good at 58-55. From there on Calhoun tried unsuccessfully to catch up.

The Red Devils did mount a charge to pull within two, 64-62, on two free throws by Marcus Davis, who was last week’s West Virginia Player of the Week.

But Ash countered with two free throws to make it a four-point lead again. Jake Perkins then scored from inside to make it a two-point game again, 66-64, with :29 remaining.

But that was the last the Red Devils scored.

Davis and Perkins led the way for Calhoun with 18 points apiece. Perkins had 14 rebounds and Davis added 13. Tristan Harris had a “double-double” with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Zach Houchin had six points and 10 assists while Shawn Hillegas and Mike Batten added four points apiece. Ryan ‘Goob’ Fitzwater, Derek Metz, Tommy Gerwig and Chad Conley all played but did not score.

Calhoun returns to action Wednesday night at Webster County before playing host to Wirt County Friday.

Doddridge won the junior varsity game 54-38. Gerwig led the way with 19 while Conley added 17.


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