(02/17/2012)
By Gaylen Duskey
realfang@citlink.net

The streak is over!

Fourty-one games and no longer counting.

Calhoun finally got that losing streak monkey off its back Thursday night when it whipped homestanding Tyler Consolidated 51-48 in the LKC playoff game for 13th place.

Calhoun won the game by doing the things it did not do in Wednesday night's heartbreaking loss to Doddridge County - it made its shots and didn't throw the ball away in the fourth quarter.

Calhoun outscored Tyler 20-19 in the fourth quarter (it was outscored 24-8 Wednesday night) thanks in large part to hitting 14 free throws when the Silver Knights were forced to foul.

Calhoun led basically the whole game as it used a controlled offense and a strong game on the boards to keep the Silver Knights at bey.

The Red Devils took a two-point lead after one (9-7) and pushed it out to four at halftime in the slow-paced game, 18-14.

Calhoun continued to hold a small but steady lead after that and was on top by two, 31-29, heading into the final period.

In that period the Red Devils were able to maintain their composure and repel anything the Silver Knights threw at them.

Ryan Slider, who was battling illness, led the Red Devils with 15 including an impressive nine for 11 at the free throw line as Calhoun shot a solid 19 for 26 on the game.

Mason Sheldon, continuing his strong play in the second half of the season, added 10 while Calebl Schoolcraft and Ricky Hall had nien each. Luke Moore added six and Tyler Gerwig had two in lifting the Red Devils to 1-19 on the year. Trent Phillips, who is usually a starter for the Red Devils, did not play due to illness.

Dylan Romine had 13 for the 1-19 Silver Knights.

Calhoun will have a few days to enjoy the victory before playing host to Parkersburg Catholic in the last regular season game on Tuesday night. The game was moved up since the Red Devils have a tournament play-in game at Paden City on Thursday night.


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