Quicker and slicker than a band of pickpockets.
That might be a good way to describe the Norwood Lady Pirates.
Moving up and down the court in free-wheeling style, the second-seeded Lady Pirates topped the third-seeded Couch Lady Indians (23-5) 55-29 in the semi-final round of the Class 2 District 9 Tournament Feb. 28 at Mansfield High School.
While there's no doubt Norwood's speed played a big part in the game, equally deadly to the Lady Indians' cause were the first and third periods in which Couch managed to score a combined 12 points in the two frames.
The Lady Indians got off on solid ground, taking a 4-0 lead on back-to-back hoops in the paint from Whitney Mills (seven points). This would be the first of the two times, all in the first period, that the Lady Indians would enjoy the lead, as hoops became hard to get for Couch, while Norwood got cranking.
Julie Grey (21 points) hit the first of her four 3-pointers on the game for the Lady Pirates' first bucket of the clash.
Kandy York (eight points) sank a layup to give Couch a 6-5 lead, then the Lady Pirates took over, scoring the last eight points of the first, including back-to-back 3-pointers, to take a 13-6 lead after one.
Courtney Redus hit Couch's first bucket of the second but Norwood refused to give much ground to the Lady Indians.
Tara Combs and Kassi Burr (six points) racked up buckets late in the second for Couch, but Norwood still led 26-13 at intermission.
Needing points in a hurry in the third to climb back into contention, the Lady Indians found very few.
Mills connected on a layup, while Lorra Wicker got free for a bucket in the paint. These were Couch's two lone hoops of the third.
York did toss in two free throws that made the score Norwood 35, Couch 19.
Then the Lady Pirates ended the third on a 7-0 run to take a 42-19 lead after three.
This cushion turned out to be enough for the Lady Pirates' to end Couch's season with a 55-29 loss in the semi-final round of the district tourney.
Shany Collins finished with two points for Couch.
In opening-round action Feb. 24, the Lady Indians overpowered Gainesville 58-40.