By Gaylen Duskey

It probably wasn't the result that Tim Moore wanted in his debut as Calhoun High School's new head basketball coach, but he did have a player step up.

While Calhoun was falling at Roane County 68-57 Tuesday night it wasn't the fault of senior Jake Perkins.

All Perkins did was score 35 points and keep Calhoun in the game despite sitting on the bench with four personal fouls for a good while.

Roane County jumped to a quick lead on a free throw by Dustin Simmons and was never headed.

The Raiders led 15-8 at the end of one quarter as Calhoun fell into a hole it could not dig itself out of.

In the first quarter Perkins got five points but more importantly the Red Devils' 6-3 center Tristan Harris picked up two quick fouls and had to go out of the game.

Roane broke it open in the second quarter and took a 40-25 lead at the half.

Perkins led Calhoun with nine in the second quarter.

After intermission Calhoun cut into the Roane lead and got it down to five points, 59-54, midway through the final quarter. But that was as close as Calhoun would be able to get and Roane would slowly pull away at the end.

For Roane 6-7 Derek Hardman led the way with 23 points and 19 rebounds.

The Red Devils travel to Braxton County for a game Thursday night before playing host to Doddridge next Monday night.