By Gaylen Duskey

Visiting Wirt County scored 21 straight points to break open a close game Wednesday night and roll to an 86-53 victory over Calhoun as Kalob Bell hit 37 for the Tigers.

Calhoun was on top 17-15 when the run started and trailing 36-17 when a foul shot by Luke Moore ended the carnage and the Red Devils never recovered.

Bell, a 5-9 junior, was lights out for the Tigers as he hit 15 baskets including six of the three-point variety while adding a free throw on two attempts.

After scoring 16 first half points Bell punctuated his evening with 18 points in the third quarter.

Calhoun took an early lead but the 21-0 run late in the first period left Wirt on top 23-17 at the end of one. While the run continued Wirt outscored Calhoun 15-4 in the second quarter for a 38-21 lead at halftime.

With Bell putting up 18 Wirt enjoyed a 27-21 advantage in the third good for a 65-42 advantage heading into the stretch. The Tigers' 21-11 fourth quarter edge merely set the final score.

Austin McVey scored 12 to join Bell in double figures.

Trent Hardbarger had nine points and nine rebounds. Mark Cunningham had seven points, JT Stephens six, Dustin Garner five, Hunter McCoy four, Dylan Frazier three, Luke Smith and Chad Moore two each and Jeremy Kerby one. Shane Hinzman and Triston Nichols both played but did not score for the 6-11 Tigers.

Tyler Gerwig led Calhoun with 19 points while Ryan Slider added 11 points and 15 rebounds.

Luke Moore had nine, Sam Brady five, Lucas Wilson four, Trent Phillips three and Derek Dawson two. Ethyn Miller and Ricky Hall both played but did not score.

There was no reserve game.

Calhoun returns to action at home tonight (Thursday) with a doubleheader against Clay while Wirt County travels to Braxton tonight.

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