|By Gaylen Duskey |
Calhoun was cold from the field. Doddridge was hot from the foul line.
That combination was enough to allow the Bulldogs to come into Mount Zion on Senior Night and slip away with a 63-57 victory ending the Red Devils' winning streak at five.
Oh, there were other things that led to the Bulldogs' victory but the big one was Calhoun's inability to hit shots that were falling during the winning streak and Doddridge's ability to hit free throws as 15 of 26 in the fourth period would attest.
Calhoun's best chance to put the Bulldogs came in the first half when Doddridge's leading players Drew Lett and Ashton Heinzman both picked up their third foul and were taken from the game.
But instead of applying the kill shot to the Bulldogs the Red Devils frittered around and led by only one – 25-24 – at the half. That gave the Bulldogs life.
Doddridge got more life in the second half when Ryan Slider picked up his fifth foul on a questionable call while he and a couple of Doddridge players were on the floor.
The Calhoun bench questioned the questionable call and was assessed a technical foul.
At the time (3:37 remaining) Doddridge had a modest four-point lead, 43-39. But when the free throws – four of them – were shot and the Bulldogs were given the ball out the score was then 48-39 and the hill the Red Devils needed to climb had become a mountain.
The closest it got after that was four points as Doddridge kept the Red Devils at bey at the foul line.
Tyler Sims led Calhoun, 6-10, with a game-high 17 points. He was backed by Ethyn Miller with 11 and Sam Brady with nine. Slider added seven while Lucas Wilson had five and Tyler Gerwig and Mason Sheldon four apiece. Cody Starcher, Dakota Jarvis, Luke Sheldon and Austin Gribble all played but did not score.
For Doddridge, 4-12, Lett and Jesse Lackey led the way with 15 apiece while Heinzman added 13. Brandon Smith had nine, David Lipscomb seven, Garrett Devericks three and Hunter Riddle one.
Calhoun returns to action tonight with a doubleheader against South Harrison at Mount Zion while Doddridge is home to Tyler Consolidated.