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Lady Pirates come from behind to beat Viola

Thursday, February 7, 2002

The Calico Rock Pirates and the Viola Longhorns finally got some games in, and the Pirates took the majority of the games. The junior Pirates of Calico Rock used a 13-6 fourth quarter to take a 48-36 victory in the opening game of the night.

In the senior girls' action, the Lady Pirates of Calico Rock finished off strong, outscoring the Lady Longhorns 27-9 to pull the come-from-behind win, taking a 71-56 decision.Viola jumped out on top when Ashley Jones made a steal and went the distance, hitting the layup. Calico Rock came right back with a couple of free throws from Mindy Kovalaske and a trey from Kasey "Bosco" Moser, putting the Lady Pirates up 5-2.

The Lady Longhorns ran off 11 straight points to retake the lead, starting with a Courtney Hamby trey. Kovalaske stopped the Longhorns run with a free throw and then a short jumper off the baseline, pulling the Lady Pirates to within 5.Viola outpointed the Lady Pirates 8-2 to take a 21-10 lead, but Kovalaske hit a trey out of the left corner and then came back with an 8 footer in the lane to get Calico Rock to within 6 at 15-21.

Melinda Guffey and Hannah Benton each knocked down a deuce to start the second quarter, staking the Lady Longhorns to a double digit lead at 25-15.

After a couple of free throws were traded out by both teams, Martha Wright put back a rebound and then came back with a charity toss to cut into the Lady Pirates deficit.

A Kylee Shrable free throw put the Lady Longhorns back up by 8 at 28-20, but Reannon Nave got back-to-back buckets to pull Calico Rock to within 4 points. The Lady Pirates outscored Viola 7-6 to finish off the half, with the Lady Longhorns holding a 34-31 lead at the break.

Benton sparked the Lady Longhorns with 4 quick points to start the third quarter, and Brandi Shrable and Kylee Shrable each added a bucket, extending the Viola lead to 42-31. Sara Walker hit a jumper off the right baseline, pulling Calico Rock to within 4 points.

After a Brandi Shrable layup stopped the Pirate run, Moser drained a trey to cut into the Viola lead, but Jones showed her sharpshooting eye and drilled a trey of her own from the left corner, keeping the Lady Longhorns up by 6.

Wright hit a free throw and Moser hit a couple to send the game into the fourth quarter with Viola up by 3, 47-44.Calico Rock came out in the fourth quarter and turned the tables on the Lady Longhorns, racking up points and shutting down the opponent. The Lady Pirates held Viola without a field goal for the first 4 minutes and 16 seconds.

The Lady Pirates opened the fourth quarter with Wright getting a stickback and then Clarissa Speak hitting one of two free throws to knot the game at 47-all. Walker came down on the 2-on-1 break with Speak, and hit the layup while drawing the foul, then converted the old-fashioned 3-point play to give the Lady Pirates the lead for good at the 6:39 mark. Walker added another layup to extend the Calico Rock lead to 52-47 before Kylee Shrable hit a free throw at the 6:24 mark to stop the run.

A trey from the top and then a couple of free throws from Moser started the next Lady Pirate srun, this one to put the game out of reach. The Lady Longhorns broke the run by Calico Rock when Benton stuck back a rebound, the first field goal for Viola, coming at the 3:44 mark.

The Lady Pirates would get outscored 6-5 for the rest of the game, but the contest had already been decided, and Calico Rock took a 71-56 win.

For the Lady Pirates: Moser (20), Walker (15), Kovalaske (14), Wright (14) Nave (4), Speak (3), and Jones (1).For the Lady Longhorns: Benton (14), Jones (13), Hamby (8), B. Shrable (6), K. Shrable (6), J. Shrable (4), Batterton (3), and Guffey (2).

In the nightcap, it went down to the wire before the Longhorns pulled out a 72-61 victory.

The Pirates jumped out for the first score when Scottie Sanders canned a trey from the right wing, but Dustin "Big Country" Jones hit back-to-back buckets to regain the lead for the Longhorns. Sanders drilled his second trey seconds later, giving the lead back to the Pirates.

Jones tied the game back up at 6-all, then Kyle "Boomer" Baumunk got fouled on the attempted dunk, and sank a free throw to change the lead back in favor of Viola. A couple of free throws by Travis Bennett and a jumper by Brandon Sanders gave Calico Rock the lead once again, and the Pirates would hold onto the lead and end the first quarter, 17-14.

Sanders opened the second quarter just like the first, with a trey from the right side, but Viola got back-to-back buckets to pull back to within 2. Scottie Sanders extended the Pirates lead back to 6 points when he pulled a rare feat, the 4-point play. Sanders hit a trey from the left wing, and drew the foul. He then drained a free throw to extend the Pirates lead to 24-18.

Both teams traded out baskets until halftime, with Calico Rock taking a 33-27 point lead into the break.

The teams started the third quarter trading out buckets until Baumunk hit a layin to pull the Longhorns back to within 4 at 38-42, then Justin Batterton cut it to 1 with a bucket at the 3-minute mark.Buster Branscum hit a bucket to put the Pirates up 53-52, but a Baumunk charity toss tied the game at 53-all with only seconds to go in the third. Seconds was all Daniel King would need to give the Pirates the lead once again, and he hit the jumper off the right wing at the buzzer, sending the game into the final quarter with Calico Rock up by 2 points.Scottie Sanders was up to his old ways, scoring 3 points to start the quarter. The only difference was this was a traditional 3-point play, pushing the Pirates lead out to 58-53.Viola came roaring back with the "Twin Mountains" of Jones and "Big Jake" Oliver. Jones pulled an old-fashioned 3-point play after getting hammered on a putback, then Oliver hit a left- handed layup, then came back with one of two free throws to give the Longhorns the lead at 59-58 with 6:23 to go.Calico Rock would reclaim the lead when King grabbed a rebound and went the distance for a layup, but Viola would come right back to knot the game at 61-all.Oliver gave the Longhorns the lead for good when he nailed a turnaround jumper off the right baseline with 2:07 remaining, Viola tacked on free throws to run out the game, taking a 72-61 win.For the Longhorns: Batterton (28), Jones (17), Baumunk (11), Oliver (9), Winter (5) and Hancock (2).For the Pirates: S. Sanders (23), Moody (11), Williams (8), B. Branscum (5), Bennett (4), King (4), B. Sanders (4), and Vredenberg (2).

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