The one-two punch of Calico Rock's Kyle Moody and Kevin Branscum on the low blocks was too much for the Evening Shade Tigers to handle Feb. 4 as the Pirates knocked off the homestanding Tigers 67-56 in non-conference action.
Branscum (16 points) came out hot for the Pirates as he tossed in 10 of Calico Rock's 16 points in the first period.
Calico Rock built a 14-8 lead before Jody Kirk (19 points) nailed a trey with 40 seconds left in the frame to edge the Tigers closer, down 14-11.
The Pirate lead stood at 16-11 after one.
Scottie Sanders opened play in the second period with his first 3-ball of the game to give the Pirates a 19-11 advantage.
The first Tiger field goal of the period came at the 3:45 point on a jumper from Jeff Shell (eight points) with Evening Shade down 25-16.
Eight unanswered points from the Pirates saw their lead at 33-16 before the Tigers ripped off seven straight points to close the period.
A 3-pointer from Michael Nunnally started the Tiger run, and the teams went to the half with Calico Rock ahead by 10, 33-23.
The second half belonged to Kyle Moody (27 points) as he owned the space right underneath the basket.
The Tigers hung tough in the third frame as Jonathan Stroud (12 points) opened the period with a stickback that sent Evening Shade on a 10-5 run that put them within five, 38-33, at the 4:49 mark.
Moody logged the last five points of the period for the Pirates in the lane as they led 49-41 after three.
Calico Rock started the fourth period with a 10-5 run of their own, including seven points from Moody, as the Pirates began to pull away with a 59-46 lead.
The Pirates maintained this lead and took the game 67-56.
Meeting for the second time inside a week, the result was the same as the Lady Pirates won a close game, 49-43, over the Lady Tigers.
Calico Rock edged Evening Shade the previous week in the Izard County Tournament in Mount Pleasant as the Lady Pirates marched on to the tourney title.
Sara Walker came out smoking for Calico Rock as she notched nine of her 13 points in the first period, all on 3-pointers, to open the game.
Evening Shade's Arika Qualls (18 points) also had a big first period with six points as the Lady Tigers trailed 18-10 after one.
A baseline jumper by Amber Johnson (10 points) to start the second period sent the Lady Tigers on an 8-4 run that closed the gap to 22-18 with 3:41 left.
A pair of free throws by Clarisa Speaks (seven points) put the Lady Pirate margin at five, 26-21, as the team went to halftime.
The Lady Pirates stretched their lead out in the third period as they opened the frame with an 10-2 run to go up 36-23.
A jumper from Mindy Kovalaske (15 points) ended the third with Calico Rock in front 40-29.
Evening Shade tried to climb out of this hole by outscoring the Lady Pirates 14-9 in the fourth period, but that was not enough to hold off Calico Rock.
A 3-ball by Qualls at the 4:26 point of the period pulled Evening Shade closer at 43-35.Six straight Lady Tiger points saw Evening Shade within five, 46-41, with 2:00 left in the game.
The Lady Pirates hit three free throws in the final two minutes as the Lady Tigers ran out of gas and could get no closer.
Lisa Guinnip's (11 points) hoop at the buzzer made the final score 49-43, Calico Rock.