|By Mike Sims|
On a cold winters night at Mt. Zion, the Calhoun Middle School Boys basketball team battled the Doddridge County Bobcats.
In the seventh grade game, Calhoun started off slow leading only 8 to 5 after the first period. Calhoun picked up the defensive intensity in the second period, to take an 18 to 10 lead at the half.
Calhoun was able to break the game open in the third, behind the great defensive play of Luke Wilson and Kirkland Allen. This allowed the Red Devils to outscore the Bobcats 12 to 3 and to take a commanding 30 to 13 lead heading into the fourth period.
In the fourth period the coaches were able to empty the bench as the Red Devils posted a 38 to 17 victory over Doddridge.
Tyler Tanner lead a balance scoring attack as he had 10 points on the night. Also scoring for the Red Devils were, Tyler Sims with 9 points, Luke Wilson with 4 points, Tyler Gerwig 6 points, Kirkland Allen 7 points, and Sam Brady 2 points. Playing but not scoring were, William Baker, Luke Sheldon, Eythan Miller, Devon McKown, Riley Cain, Austin Bailey, Cole Boatright and Austin Gribble.
In the eighth grade game, Calhoun came out cold and Doddridge was able to jump out to a 6 to 0 lead.
In the second period, Ryan Slider caught fire scoring 9 of his 12 points as Calhoun battled back, outscoring the Bobcats 16 to 14 to trail by only 6 at the break 22 to 16.
In the third Calhoun was their own worst enemy, as they committed several turnovers and missed several easy scoring opportunities. This allowed Doddridge to outscore the Red Devils 10 to 2 and take a 32 to 18 lead into the fourth.
Again Calhoun tried to battle back in the fourth, but ran into foul trouble and Doddridge was able to hold on for a 35 to 23 win.
Scoring for the Red Devils were, Mason Sheldon 6 points, Logan Moore 5 points, and Ryan Slider 12 points. Playing but did not score were, Kameron Carder, Doug Parsons and Tyler Gerwig.