|By Gaylen Duskey |
Calhoun came close to giving the game away in the fourth quarter but did just enough to score a 44-41 LKC victory over Clay Wednesday night at Mount Zion.
The Red Devils seemed to put Clay away early in the final [period on three consecutive baskets but a sudden cold spell at the free throw line allowed the Panthers to claw their way back into the game. The Panthers had a chance to tie things up with time running down but missed a three-point attempt. Calhoun's Ben Frederick grabbed the rebound and was able to keep it away from the clawing Panthers as time ran out.
The Red Devils, 5-3, rode the shooting of Ethyn Miller to a seven-point lead but then had to hang on as they missed six of the next seven free throws before Miller hit a pair with :21 remaining.
Miller scored eight of his game high 17 points in the fourth period. He also had four assists and three steals on the game.
Zack Yanero was the only other Red Devil to hit in double figures as he had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Dylan Heiney and Frederick each had seven for Calhoun while Dakota Jarvis added one. Austin Gribble and Caden Hicks both played but did not score.
Clay County, 0-7, was led by Walker James, Noah Taylor and Reece Nichols with 10 apiece. Zach Dorsey added six while Zach Ahart had three and Mason Clark two for the Panthers.
Clay County won the junior varsity game by a 55-37 count as James had 19. The Panthers, 6-1, also had 11 from Ryan Burdette and six each from Garrett Quinn and Eli Osborne. Cullen Grose had three and Nathan Canfield, Levi Ramsey, Joel Walker, Nathan Morton and Michael Willis all had two.
For Calhoun, 1-5, Soney Wilson led the way with 15 while Hicks added 10. Trevor Carder had five, Frederick had three and Hayden Richards and John Long two each. Levi Gregory Noah Allen, Nick Murphy and David Marks all played but did not score.
Murphy led the Red Devils with seven rebounds, Carder led the team with two assists and Frederick and Wilson led with three steals each.
Calhoun returns to action Friday night when it entertains Gilmer while Clay travels to Sissonville the same night.