The hardwoods of Harold Ray Jeffery Gymnasium in Calico Rock were busy Jan. 11 as the homestanding Pirates tangled with the Salem Greyhounds in a pair of varsity games.
The Pirates proved to be too much for their visitors, winning the girl's game 41-36, and the boy's contest 69-53.In the girl's contest, both teams tried to establish an inside game without much success in the early going.The first half saw both squads struggling to find an offensive rhythm.
Lady Pirate Sara Walker, a junior, popped a jump shot at the first period buzzer for an 11-7 Calico Rock lead at the end of one.
Play bogged down in the second period that featured a total of 15 foul shots, and only two successful field goals.The Lady Pirates maintained a 4-point lead, 18-14, at the half.
The Lady Greyhounds grabbed the advantage, 19-18, just inside the third period start on a pair of inside buckets from senior Kimberly Taylor and sophomore Heather Bales.
The Salem lead was short lived as Sara Walker took over for the Lady Pirates with 8 points in the middle of the frame and a 28-21 Calico Rock lead.
The Lady Pirates held their biggest lead on the evening, at 30-21, thanks to a bank-in jumper by sophomore Reannon Nave to end the third.
The Lady Greyhounds refused to go away quietly as they used a 7-0 run starting at the 5:24 mark of the fourth period to narrow the gap to 36-31.
When Heather Bales dropped in a tough jumper in the lane, the Lady Greyhounds trailed by 4, 38-34 with 1:07 left in the game.
The Salem comeback slipped into neutral at this point, as the Lady Pirates made 3 out of 4 from the charity stripe to hold on for the 41-36 victory.Sara Walker led the Lady Pirates with 15.Heather Bales led all scorers for the Lady Greyhounds with 17.
In the boy's contest, the Pirates rushed out to a huge lead early, but had to regroup as the Greyhounds made things interesting in the middle rounds.
The Pirates enjoyed a 20-4 lead at the end of one, largely due to sophomore Buster Branscum's 10 first period points.At the 4:47 point of the second frame, the Pirates were out in front 28-8.
The Greyhounds began to chip away at the lopsided margin with a 15-7 run behind the play of sophomore Robbie Hurtt.By the time Hurtt canned a pair of back-to-back corner treys, the Greyhounds had fought back to a 36-23 halftime score.Salem opened the second half by playing man-to-man defense instead of the zone they preferred in the first half.This helped to cut down on the Pirates east look at the basket and the Greyhounds pulled closer, down 46-38 with 7 seconds left in the third.
This left just enough time for Buster Branscum to drive the length of the court for a layup and a 48-38 Pirate lead going into the final period.
A ten point deficit was as close as the Greyhounds could get to the Pirates advantage in the fourth.
The Pirates converted their free throw attempts to round out the 69-53 victory. Buster Branscum posted a game high 19 for Calico Rock, followed by Scottie Sanders with 17.Leon Harvey led Salem with 14 points.