By Gaylen Duskey|
Calhoun wanted to go out with a bang by beating Paden City then challenging Williamstown Saturday night in the quarterfinals of the Class A sectional tournament.
Instead it went out with a whimper as homestanding Paden City rode the hot shooting of a pair of freshmen to a 69-39 victory over the Red Devils.
Freshman Zach Heasley led the Wildcats, 6-16, with a game high 27 points barely outscoring fellow freshman Kennedy Cain, who had 25 points and 10 rebounds.
Both were helped by an uncanny eye at the three point line with Heasley hitting six of nine and Cain getting five of seven.
One other Wildcat - Geoffrey Bidwell - had 12 but it was almost an after thought as he made several easy lay ups in the fourth quarter.
It was a close game throughout the first half with Paden City jumping on top by eight at intermission, 32-24, thanks to a deluge of three-point shots (six) in the first half.
That deluge became even worse in the third quarter as Paden City hit four threes and broke things open with a 24-8 advantage. The fourth quarter was merely a continuation of the third only not quite as lopsided as the Wildcats outscored Calhoun 13-7.
The Red Devils were led by Mason Sheldon with 13 points and seven rebounds. He was the only Red Devil to hit in double figures.
Ryan Slider was next with seven points and seven rebounds while Tyler Gerwig hit six, Ricky Hall five and Luke Moore and Caleb Schoolcraft had two each.
Sam Brady, Lucas Wilson, Ray Davis, Derek Dawson and Trent Phillips all played but did not score.