GURDON - Gunner Calhoun was unstoppable with 30 points to lead the Bismarck Lions past the Gurdon Go-Devils last Friday night 66-43 in Gurdon.
Calhoun hit three baskets in the first quarter and added a free throw, while Sawyer Hardage added a basket and Austin Simms put in two free throws for an 11-10 Bismarck lead by the end of the first quarter. Donald Haynie and Cameron Gulley put in a basket each and BJ Brewer, who led Gurdon with 14 points, put in three baskets and a free throw.
“I thought our effort was good the entire game, but we were sloppy in the first half and their pressure really hurt us,” Bismarck head basketball coach Chase Reid said.
Calhoun added two more baskets and made three are throws in the second period for the Lions. Cade Beckwith put in three free throws, while Jayden Howell and Dylan Clayton added baskets. Hardage sank two free throws to up the Bismarck lead to 29-22 by halftime.
For the Go-Devils, Haynie added another basket, Brewer put in two baskets, Trent Harper added a free throw, Isaiah Harper hit a 3-pointer and DeAndre Barners put in a basket.
“We had 17 turnovers and 12 missed free throws in the first half,” Reid said. “Our bench really stepped up and kept us in the game in that first half. We settled down right before half and was able to get the momentum going in our favor at the start of the their quarter. Cade hit a couple of threes that got us going and Austin Simms really got after them on defense. Gunner had a really good game effort-wise and it showed with his 30 points.”
Beckwith made two 3-pointers and added a basket to lead Bismarck in the third quarter. Calhoun put in four baskets and two free throws, while Simms added three free throws and Clayton put in a basket as the Lions opened up a 54-36 lead by the end of the third period.
Gurdon had 3-pointers from Haynie and KJ Tidwell, while eGulley hit a basket and sank two free throws, while Brewer and Trent Harper added baskets.
Calhoun added two baskets and two free throws in the fourth quarter, while Beckwith added two free throws, Brady Depreist put in a 3-pointer, Angel Ramos Garcia hit one of two free throws and Devin Cash got a basket for the Lions in the fourth period.
The Go-Devils were outscored 12-7 in the final stanza with Gulley getting a  basket, Brewer hit a free throw and Caleb Redford made two baskets.
“We couldn’t stop the Calhoun kid,” Gurdon head basketball coach David Davis said. “When we tried to zone, their shooters rained all over us. We had the early lead, but foul problems stymied our momentum.”
The Go-Devils played in the Kirby Invitational tournament on Monday night and the Lions will face the winner of the Gurdon game at the Kirby tourney on Wednesday night.

Lady Lions 54, Lady Go-Devils 38
Jasa Williams scored 24 points to lead the Bismarck Lady Lions past the Gurdon Lady Go-Devils 54-38 on Friday night in Gurdon.
Williams scored eight points in the first quarter and 10 more in the second period. She had seven points in the their quarter and made a free throw in the final period to lead the Lady Lions offense.
“Jasa Williams was tremendous again,” Bismarck Lady Lions head coach Chris Oestreich said. “Another double-double night for her. Hannah Weatheford now is beginning to show some consistency scoring the ball and being very, very active on defense and rebounding. Without question, Sara Scott and Mackenzie Efird are really doing a sensational job handling the ball for us and pressuring the other team. Hopefully, we can continue to build on the success we had in th last four games. This team is really developing a chemistry that could carry them a long way if they continue to grow in their skill.”
The Lady Lions led 18-2 by the end of the first quarter at Gurdon. Williams put in a basket, made two free throws and hit two more baskets for Bismarck in the first period. Efird added a free throw, Sierra Schwartz made two free throws, Weatherford had a basket, made one of two free throws and hit a 3-pointer to lead the Lady Lions to a 16-point lead. Kira Accor had the only Lady Go-Devils’ basket to that point.
Gurdon came alive to outscore Bismarck 15-13 in the second period. Accor made two free throws and a 3-pointer, Latrice Haynie added a basket and made one of two free throws, Daesha Ivory made a basket and Shayla Anna hit a 3-pointer to make it 31-17 at halftime. Bismarck was led by Williams with 10 points on four field goals and two free throws in the second period. Weatherford added a 3-point play for the Lady Lions.
Williams had three baskets inside and made a free throw, Weatherford added two free throws, Haley Vincent made one of two free throws and Cecilia Howell put in two baskets to put Bismarck up 45-25 by the end of the third quarter. Alicia Anna made a 3-pointer for Gurdon and Haynie added a basket, Ivory scored inside and put in one of two free throws for all of the eight points scored by the Lady Go-Devils.
Ivory scored two baskets and added a free throw in the fourth quarter to lead Gurdon. Shayla Anna made another 3-pointer, Haynie put in two free throws, Antwonette Laster put in a free throw and Quashia Dickens made a basket.
“Even though we lost, the girls played a better game than they did against Prescott,” Gurdon Lady Go-Devils head coach Edna Cooper said. “They were more attentive and aggressive. Their performance against Bismarck is what we need to be successful for the rest of the season.”

Gurdon junior Lady Go-Devils 29, Bismarck junior Lady Lions 20
Makayla Mayfield scored 16 points and Haven Cooper added 10 to lead the Gurdon junior Lady Go-Devils over the Bismarck junior Lady Lions 29-20 on Friday night.
Gurdon led 3-1 after the firs quarter and increased it to a 10-7 halftime lead. Mayfield added a free throw in the first quarter added a basket and four more free throws for Gurdon, while Cooper put in a basket and Emily Lamberton put in one of two free throws.
Bismarck’s first half scoring came from Esther Filipeck with a basket in the second quarter. Bianca Pettis put in three free throws in the second quarter, while Riley Eads made a free throw in the first and second quarters for the Lady Lions.
Bismarck closed in on Gurdon in the third quarter by outscoring them 10-9 to make it a 19-17 Gurdon lead. Cooper put in four free throws, Mayfield made three free throws and Kenzie Harper made a basket. The Lady Lions were led by Filipeck with two baskets and a free throw, Pettis put in a basket and Eads made three more free throws.
In the fourth quarter, the Lady Go-Devils outscored Bismarck 10-3 to pull away at the end of the game. Cooper added a basket and two free throws and Mayfield put in two baskets and two free throws. Filipeck made a basket and Gloria Berry put in a free throw for Bismarck in the final period.
“The junior girls are improving each game,” Cooper said. “They are becoming more aggressive, focused and more familiar with the game. This is an outstanding group of girls who are proud to represent the Lady Go-Devils basketball team.”