By Gaylen Duskey SPORTS EDITOR

The game was close for a while.

Yes, Webster County did lead during the game. The Highlanders led 9-7. But 19 unanswered Calhoun points broke open a close contest and the Red Devils went into cruise control en route to a lopsided 86-41 win Wednesday night.

The 19-point outburst gave the Red Devils a 26-9 first quarter lead. It was pushed out to 30 points - 46-16 - at halftime. Then, with the Red Devils substituting as liberally as possible since Mike Batten was unable to play and Tommy Gerwig and Chad Conley were limited to two quarters each because they played in the junior varsity game, the lead was expanded.

"We played some real good defense in the middle two quarters," Calhoun coach Tim Davis said.

The Red Devils limited Webster to seven points in the second and five in the third. As a matter of fact the Highlanders only scored double figures in the fourth period and that was against all the subs Calhoun could muster.

"I guess the starters played about two and a half quarters," Davis said.

Marcus Davis led the way for Calhoun with 30 points while Jake Perkins added 26 and Tristan Harris 12. Zach Houchin and Derek Roberts had four each. Ryan 'Goob' Fitzwater and Conley added three each and Shawn Hillegas and Gerwig two each for the Red Devils, now 8-3.

Davis, the leading free throw shooter in the LKC, was six-for-six from the line while adding four treys along with six two-point field goals. He also had nine rebounds and four steals.

Perkins, the second leading rebounder in the LKC, helped his cause with 16 caroms while Harris had seven. As a team Calhoun had 43 rebounds.

Houchin, one of the leading assist men in the area, had nine assists and four steals.

Calhoun returns to action Friday night at top-ranked Class A Gilmer County.

Webster County won the junior varsity game, 51-46, despite a 25-point effort by Tyler Shartiger.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Coverage of the Calhoun-Clay game was not on the Herald because it was down, changing servers. It can now be found on 1/21/04 (ARCHIVES)

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