|By Gaylen Duskey |
Nothing much the Calhoun Middle School A Team did worked Thursday night and Wirt came away with a 41-21 victory. It was the Red Devils second loss in two days.
Wirt set the tone of the game early but jumping out to a 7-2 lead and from there the Tigers slowly pulled away.
Wirt was led by big Thornton Hardbarger with 11 points while Josh Trembley added 10.
Calhoun, which drops to 1-2 on the season, was led by Tyler Gerwig with nine points and 14 rebounds.
Calhoun actually held a slight rebounding edge over the bigger Tigers, 38-31, but the Red Devils 27 turnovers more than nullified the rebounding advantage. Calhoun's turnover problems were evident early as it turned the ball over the first three times down court on offense.
After the early Wirt lead Calhoun came back briefly only to falter as the Tigers took a 20-10 halftime lead. The second half was nearly a mirror image of the first as Calhoun was outscored by a 21-11 count.
For Calhoun Lucas Wilson, Tyler Sims and Tyler Tanner added four each while Sam Brady, Luke Sheldon and William Baker all played but did not score.
Tanner had a good night on the boards with 11 rebounds while Brady added six to go with his two assists, two steals and a block.
Calhoun dropped the B game 42-17.
In that game the Red Devils played with only six players.
Despite being short in number the Red Devils led the game at the end of the first quarter 10-6. But after that Wirt's size and the inability to give any of the starters a rest caught up with Calhoun and the Tigers pulled away.
Ethyn Miller led the way with 11. He was backed by Dustin Turner, Nick Murphy and Justyn Starcher with two each. Jerry Jones and Nick Watkins played but did not score.
Turner led Calhoun with nine rebounds while Watkins and Miller chipped in with six each.
Wirt was led by Jason Ellison with 12 while Tristan Nichols added eight.
Calhoun will try to get back on the winning track Tuesday at Spencer.