By Gaylen Duskey|
Five games in six days takes a toll even on the young.
That may have been the case Saturday night when Webster County posted a 59-47 victory over visiting Calhoun in a week when the Red Devils played five games in six days including the last three on the road.
Webster started out on a fast pace and Calhoun, while matching the pace, was flat from the floor while shooting the ball and the rest was a big lead, 18-5, for the Highlanders after the first period.
But the Red Devils got their bearings in the second quarter and sliced into the lead trailing by only five, 26-21, at intermission.
Calhoun started out quickly in the third quarter but almost immediately had leading scorer Ryan Slider pick up his fourth foul while Sam Brady picked up his third forcing the Red Devils to go to the bench.
That allowed the Highlanders to move the lead out to double figures forcing the Red Devils to try to play catch-up the rest of the way.
Calhoun did trim the margin back to five on one occasion but could get no closer than that as the Highlanders used a hot shooting stretch to go back ahead by double figures once again before finally settling on 12 as the final margin.
Ryan Slider and Tyler Sims led Calhoun, 8-12, with 10 apiece while Mason Sheldon added eight. Ethyn Miller chipped in with six while Tyler Gerwig had four. Brady and Lucas Wilson added thre apiece while Austin Gribble had two and Luke Sheldon one. Cody Starcher, Dylan Heiney and Zack Yanero also played but did not score.
For Webster, 6-14, Brian Andrews led the way with 16 while Robbie Cogar had 12 and Jake Thayer eight.
Calhoun coach Danny Bunch said he was proud of the way the team did not giving up despite getting way down early.
He said they hustled and kept their heads up, it was a good game for them.
Calhoun returns to action Tuesday night when it travels to Clay for the regular season finale.