By Gaylen Duskey

It is a long trip to Blacksville, W.Va., where Clay-Battelle High School is located but it was just what the doctor ordered for a slumping Calhoun basketball team.

After losing five of its last six the Red Devils needed something positive to happen and Friday's 65-48 drubbing of Clay-Battelle in the West Virginia Hometown Invitational WVHIT) was just that.

After a typical slow first quarter start the Red Devils roared from behind to take the lead midway through the second period then to pull away from the Cee Bees the rest of the way.

Senior Ethyn Miller broke out of a bit of a shooting slump to lead the 7-8 Red Devils with 23 points, hitting on seven of 11 from the field. He also added eight of 10 free throws and three assists and three steals.

Miller was backed by Zack Yanero and Dylan Heiney with 15 and 14 respectively. Yanero also had 15 rebounds and the steals for the Red Devils while Heiney added two steals and two assists.

Ben Frederick and Austin Gribble had six apiece while Dakota Jarvis added one. Gribble also had a good night on the boards with 10 rebounds while Jarvis had three assists.

Sonny Wilson, Trevor Carder, Nick Murphy and Hayden Richards all played but did not score. Once again the Red Devils played with Caden Hicks, who is expected to return next week.

Clay-Battelle, 1-14, was led by Elijah Steele with 14 while Jarrett Hockenberry addded 12. Hockenberry, a 6-4, 220-pound quarterback who will walk-on for the Marshall football team also had 14 rebounds and five assists.

For Clay-Battelle Gunnar Brummage added seven, Cody Wilson six, Jeremy Ferraro four and Spencer Chisler three.

There was no junior varsity game.

Calhoun returns to action Tuesday night when it [plays host to Roane County.

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