(02/22/2012)
By Gaylen Duskey
realfang@citlink.net

Although Calhoun's two seniors performed well it was not enough to stop Parkersburg Catholic from roaring to an 84-51 victory over the depleted Red Devils Tuesday night in the final regular season game of the year.

Seniors Caleb Schoolcraft and Ray Davis combined for 27 of the Red Devils points with Schoolcraft leading the way with a team high 15 while Davis came away with 12 points and seven rebounds in his first start of the year.

But the injury loss of starting forward Mason Sheldon and the illness-plagued play of Ricky Hall and Trent Phillips, both who played some short minutes despite being sick, put the 1-20 Red Devils in a hole before the game even started.

After the Red Devils took a quick 2-0 lead they spent the rest of the quarter being pounded on by the state-ranked Crusaders, 15-7. The Crusaders took a 26-6 first quarter lead and stretched that out to 48-19 at the half.

Calhoun made a run at the Crusaders in the third quarter and battled them on even terms but the fourth quarter belonged to PCHS as fatigue (from the numerical shortness of players) and the continual defensive pressure took its toll.

St. Marys transfer Brett Wright led PCHS with 20 points as he hit all 10 of his field goal attempts. He played only the first half.

Payton Sturm and Tony Allowatt both chipped in with 10 as all but one of the PCHS players scored.

While the two seniors provided Calhoun with a nice one-two punch they did have help from sophomore Ryan Slider with 10 points, nine rebounds and four assists and freshman Tyler Gerwig, who had 10 points and six rebounds.

Hall had four points in his short time on the court with Luke Moore, Phillips and Derek Dawson all played but did not score.

Parkersburg Catholic won the reserve game too but not before getting all it wanted from the Red Devils. The 42-23 final score was not indicative of the toughness of the game.

Gerwig led Calhoun with seven points while adding six rebounds. He was backed by Tyler Tanner, who had six points and eight rebounds before leaving the game with an ankle injury. Lucas Wilson added five while Derek Dawson had four and Sam Brady one. Luke Sheldon, Dustin Turner, William Baker, Davis and Nick Watkins all played but did not score.

The Crusaders were led by Seth Cwynar's game high 12 while Jake Boice added 11.

Calhoun returns to action Thursday night when it travels to Paden City to face the Wildcats in a tournament play-in game with the winner advancing to the sectional tournament and the loser ending its season.


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