By Gaylen Duskey

A second quarter explosion and a plethora of three-point goals late in the third quarter proved to be enough to lead Ritchie County to a 73-49 victory over Calhoun in the LKC last place game.

Calhoun started slowly but held close to Ritchie County and was trailing by seven, 17-10, at the end of the first period. The Red Devils closed briefly in the second period but allowed the Rebels to sneak away with a 37-20 lead at halftime.

Personal fouls bothered the Red Devils in the first half as Ritchie shot 19 free throws to none for Calhoun.

The Red Devils came out firing in the third quarter and closed to within 11 points on one occasion. The Rebels, however, poured in four three-point goals near the end of the period to outscore the Red Devils, 22-17, and take a 58-35 lead.

The two teams played on even terms - 14-14 - in the fourth quarter to set the final score.

Zach Moore led the Red Devils, now 0-17, with 18 points and 13 rebounds while Josh DeWeese played a strong game with 17 points and 13 rebounds.

DeWeese also had three steals and two blocks while Moore added four assists.

Andrew Normal had eight points while Justin Gerwig added three and Lucas Morford two. Harold McCumbers, Chuck Kendall, Greg Myers, Anthony Richards and Cai Clothier all played but did not score.

Nate Barnes led Ritchie with 17 points while Caleb Jones added 12 and Quinton Jones and Jordan Adams 11 each.

Calhoun will try for that elusive first win again tonight (Friday) when it travels to Wood County Christian (in Williamstown) for a boys-girls doubleheader.

Following that three players will represent the Red Devils in the LKC Night of Champions Saturday. Moore and Gerwig will represent Calhoun in the Top Gun three-point shooting contest while DeWeese is Calhoun's Scholar Athlete.