(02/02/2012)
By Gaylen Duskey
realfang@citlink.net

For 30 minutes Wednesday night Calhoun played basketball as well as it had all season. Maybe better.

But a high school basketball game is 32 minutes long and in those other two minutes the Red Devils made enough miscues and missed enough shots to allow Doddridge to sneak away with a 64-51 victory.

The game was the high water mark for Calhoun's offense as the 51 points topped its previous high of 47 it scored in a loss at Wirt County. The 16 turnovers for the Red Devils were one of the lower totals of the season and the individual efforts of two or three of the players was outstanding.

Still it was not enough to keep the Red Devils from being winless on the season (0-16) and nursing a 38-game losing streak stretching back to the final game of the 2009-10 campaign.

Rallying behind the inspired play of sophomores Mason Sheldon and Ryan Slider the Red Devils led early, were close at halftime, closer even at the end of the third quarter. Then came to two bad minutes.

After cutting the Doddridge lead to two, 40-38, heading in to the fourth quarter.

But that was it as a turnover on one end of the court led to a Doddridge basket on the other. A missed shot became another Doddridge basket then a three-point goal pushed the Bulldogs ahead by seven.

After that Calhoun had to gamble some on both offense and defense and the Bulldogs slowly pulled ahead by double figures as Jeff Bonnell, Corey Aichele and Keith Britton combined for 22 of their team's 24 points.

Bonnell led with nine including a three-point goal, while Aichele had seven, including a three-point goal. Britton, who came off the bench, had all six of his points.

Doddridge, now 3-12, was led by Aichele with 23 while Bonnell added 17.

Shane Yeater added nine, eight which came in the first half, while Hinzman added six, burly Clayton Yeager five and Daniel Plaugher and Clay Hileman added two each to round out the score.

Slider led Calhoun with 114 while grabbing six rebounds and dishing out four assists. Sheldon, playing his best game of the year, had 13 points, 13 rebounds two assists and a blocked shot.

Trent Phillips added eight, Caleb Schoolcraft five, Tyler Gerwig and Ricky Hall four each, Luke Moore three and Lucas Wilson played but did not score.

Doddridge also won the junior varsity game by a 49-42 margin as Hinzman had 12 and Dylan Hayes 11.

Calhoun, now 0-12, was led by Tyler Tanner with 13 points and 12 rebounds. He was backed by Wilson with eight, William Baker with five, Derek Dawson and Sam Brady with four each, Ray Davis and Luke Sheldon with three each and Gerwig with two.

Calhoun seeks that first elusive win Friday night at South Harrison while Doddridge is idle until playing host to Williamstown next Wednesday.


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