By Julie LaFollette
The Caldwell Redskins hosted Shadyside in the Division IV Sectional Championship on Friday, with the Reskins getting their 20th win of the season, 75-43, marking the most wins in a season in school history.
“I am really happy for my guys,” said Caldwell Head Coach Clint Crane. “We have lost the
sectional title game a lot of times in the last decade and I know we were feeling some pressure.
“We also are playing without Carter Wheeldin and had to figure that out,” the Redskins’ coach continued. “Once we got going, we did well. We accomplished some our goals tonight – 20 wins which is a school single season record and a sectional championship. Now we get to move on and see what it is all about.”
The Tigers took an early four-point lead in the game before Bede Lori closed it to one with an “and one” play. The Redskins took the lead midway through the opening quarter on another bucket by Lori before back-to-back baskets by Karl Tsoras and Elijah Brock gave the Tigers a four-point lead with a minute left.
Lori hit a pair of technical foul shots to close the gap to two, 13-11, at the end of the stanza, and he finished with nine points in the quarter.
The lead changed hands several times early in the second quarter before Tyce DeVolld tied the game at 23-all with four minutes remaining in the half. DeVolld then scored 10 straight points to put Caldwell up by eight, 31-23.
After a foul shot by Brock, Dylan Wheeler and DeVolld both hit a three to give the Redskins a 13-point lead, but a basket by Luke Bell closed it to 10 at halftime, 37-27. DeVolld led Caldwell with 17 points in the period.
The third quarter saw the Redskins extend the lead to 23 on a bucket by Lori and they led 60-37 with eight minutes left to play. The Caldwell seniors led the attack with Lori scoring 10 and DeVolld eight.
Midway through the fourth quarter, a Lori shot gave Caldwell a 30-point lead and Crane took the
opportunity to rest the starters for the remainder of the game.
Dylan Schott hit a bucket to extend the lead to 31 and Brayden Erb scored the last five points of the game to give the Redskins the 32-point victory.
“Elijah Brock got into some foul trouble and then went down with an injury,” Coach Crane noted. “I
hate to see that as he is a really good player. We did not have an answer for him so that was a game changer.”
Caldwell hit 29-of-68 (43 percent) from the floor; 7-of-31 (22 percent) from behind the arc and 10-of-10 (100 percent) from the free throw line.
DeVolld led the Redskins with 28 points, eight steals and two assists while Lori scored 24 points and had six rebounds.
“Tyce played with a lot of energy tonight,” said Coach Crane. “He needed that. He has had a rough
few weeks with some things going on for him outside of basketball that people do not know about. I am happy for him.”
Shadyside was led by Dylan Booth with 10.
The Redskins hosted Beallsville in their D-IV Sectional opener on Tuesday, with Caldwell advancing to with a 60-14 victory.
The Redskins started the game with a 12-point run before Kinley Hughes put the Blue Devils on the board when she hit a “three” halfway through the period. Caldwell closed out the stanza with a 16-6 lead.
The second quarter saw the Redskins up their defensive intensity and hold the Blue Devils scoreless while scoring 26 points to take a 42-6 lead into the locker room for halftime. DeVolld led Caldwell with 10 points in the period.
Coach Crane turned to the reserves in the second half and the lead widened to 49-8 after three rounds and to 46 by the final buzzer.
The Redskins shot 21-of-41 (51 percent) from the floor; 6-of-19 (32 percent) from behind the arc and 1- of-3 (33 percent) from the charity stripe.
Lori led Caldwell with 15 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals while DeVolld scored 14 points.
Beallsville was led by Hughes with six points.
The Redskins (20-4) travel to Cambridge to face Hiland in the Division IV District Semifinal on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The winner of that game will face the winner of the River vs. Strasburg game in the D-IV District Championship Game on Friday at a site to be determined.