(01/30/2013)
By Gaylen Duskey

realfang@citlink.net

Doddridge ended Calhoun's short one-game winning streak Tuesday night as the Bulldogs used the foul line in the fourth quarter to come away with a 56-47 come-from-behind victory.

Calhoun, 2-13, controlled the game most of the way until Doddridge caught up early in the fourth quarter. Once the Bulldogs took the lead they started marching to the free throw line as the Red Devils were forced to foul to stop the clock.

Doddridge enjoyed an 18-8 fourth quarter advantage with eight of those points - the last eight - coming from the free throw line where the Bulldogs took 15 shots in the period.

Calhoun jumped out to a 15-6 first quarter lead only to have the homestanding Bulldogs, 3-12, battle back with an 18-11 edge in the second period to make the halftime score 26-24 in favor of Calhoun.

The Red Devils continued to hold the upper hand even though a 14-13 Doddridge advantage in the third period cut the lead to one, 39-38, heading into the final quarter.

And that's when the Bulldogs made good from the foul line to slip away with the victory.

Calhoun actually compounded the problem by shooting a paltry four of 10 from the free throw line in the period making Doddridge's job easier.

Ryan Slider led Calhoun with 12 points to go along with his 10 rebounds, four assists, three steals and a blocked shot.

He was back by Mason Sheldon who had 10 points nine rebounds, two assists and two steals.

They were the only two Red Devils to hit double figures although Tyler Gerwig got close with nine. Gerwig also had seven rebounds. He was followed by Trent Phillips with five, Ricky Hall and Luke Moore with four each and Lucas Wilson with three.

Derek Dawson, Ethyn Miller and Sam Brady all played but did not score.

Ashton Hinzman led Doddridge with 10. He was the only Bulldog to hit in double figures although David Plaugher and Keith Britton had nine each and Dillon Muhley-Alexander and Drew Lett had eight each.

Doddridge won the reserve game by a 65-26 count as four players hit in double figures.

What kind of a night was it for the Bulldog reserves? So good that when the final buzzer sounder Tyler Padgett launched a 45-footer that went in. Padgett led the Bulldogs with 15.

Lett had a double-double of sorts with double figures in both the varsity and reserve game as he got 13 in the preliminary. David Lipscomb (12) and Josh Bee (10) rounded out the Bulldogs double figure scorers.

Brady led Calhoun with nine. He was backed by Dakota Jarvis with six, David Workman with four, Miller with three and Luke Sheldon with two. Riley Cain, MyKia Holbert and Nick Workman all played but did not score.

The Red Devils were scheduled to play South Harrison at home Thursday night but the Hawks asked to have the game postponed until Feb. 11 so they could play in the Hometown Invitational Tournament.

Calhoun will be idle until Feb. 4 when it is home to Wirt County in a makeup game. The Red Devils travel to Wood County Christian the next night (Feb. 5) before ending the week at home against Clay on Feb. 7.


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