Calhoun's defense shut down Clynt Bell and the other Wolverine players scoring attack last Friday night. Bell was held to only seven points in the game.
By: Eddy Gifford, Publisher
The Dade County Wolverine basketball team
returned to action last Friday night after the Jan. 15th game was canceled. The
cancelled game gave the team a chance to catch their breath after such a busy
schedule since returning to the hardwood after Christmas break.
Jackets of Calhoun came to town as the top team in Region 7AA and the
Wolverines were looking for revenge for an earlier season loss at Calhoun.
started with Jarrett Page shooting three free throws, making two to give the
Wolverines an early – and their only – lead.
Jackets responded with eight unanswered points and set the tone for the rest of
Jackets defense slowed the Wolverine scoring machine of Cole Birchfield and
Clynt Bell – holding the pair to only four first quarter points, which were all
made by Birchfield.
defense was stifling the Wolverine scoring the Yellow Jackets were knocking
down three pointers, four in the first quarter, to take a 21-9 lead.
played better in the second quarter, thanks to hitting eight of 12 free throws,
but still trailed the visiting Yellow Jackets 32-23 at the end of the first
At the end of
the half Birchfield had scored nine points, seven of those were free throws and
Bell had only one point. The teammates had been averaging over 25 points per
In the second
half the Yellow Jacket defense kept up the pressure but Birchfield came to life
early in the third quarter scoring 11 straight points for the Wolverines,
including three straight three pointers. That cut the visitors’ lead to only a
single point, 35-34, but the Wolverines could never retake the lead.
the fourth quarter the Yellow Jackets were up 49-41.
the first shot of the fourth quarter to cut it to 49-43 but six straight points
by the Yellow Jackets sealed the Wolverines fate as they couldn’t get any
closer the remainder of the game.
behind by 17 a Wolverine time-out seemed to motivate them as they scored six
quick points to cut it to 60-49.
The Yellow Jackets
responded by hitting six of nine free throws down the stretch to claim a 68-54
The home loss
was a rare one for the Wolverines and dropped them to 4-3 in region play.
the Wolverines with 25 points and was the only Wolverine in double figures.
Dustin Howard and Clynt Bell scored seven each. Birchfield and Howard grabbed
eight rebounds each with Howard also blocking six shots.
This week the
Wolverines traveled to Model Tuesday and will host Armuchee Friday.
11 17 19 68
9 14 18 13
Dade (54)-Cole Birchfield 25, Howard 7,
Chitwood 3, Sharp 2, Bell 7, Gaddis 6, Walden 2, Page 2
Three Point Field Goals: Dade 5
(Birchfield 4, Bell)
highlights: Birchfield 8r; Howard 8r, 6b (DC)