By Gaylen Duskey

An avalanche of personal fouls and a Wirt County outburst broke open a close game and sent the Calhoun Red Devils reeling to their 17th-straight loss, 76-50, Friday night in a game played at Elizabeth.

Calhoun led early - 15-13 at the end of the first quarter - and had the Tigers tied at 17-17 early in the second quarter. Wirt then went on a scoring binge while Calhoun racked up the personal fouls. The result was a 36-23 halftime lead for the Tigers.

Calhoun, meanwhile, was forced to do a lot of substituting as one starter after another got in foul trouble. Overall, Calhoun was whistled for 22 fouls while Wirt had 11. The Red Devils sent the Tigers to the line in both haves with the one-and-one bonus situation taking effect early.

Calhoun only got to the bonus situation very late in the game.

Zach Moore led Calhoun with 18 points while adding eight rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Josh DeWeese also played an excellent game as he scored 11 points while grabbing 12 rebounds. He also had a game-high four blocked shots, two steals and an assist.

Andrew Norman also broke into double figures with 10 points while adding five assists and a steal.

Justin Gerwig added six points while Lucas Morford scored five.

Greg Myers, Chuck Kendall and Harold McCumbers all played but did not score.

Jesse Ward led Wirt County with 16 points.

There was no junior varsity game.

Calhoun will go after its first win of the season Thursday night when it entertains Ritchie County in the game between the eighth place teams of the North Division and South Division of the Little Kanawha Conference.