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Calico Rock juniors split at district

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Calico Rock split championship titles in the 1A-2 South Junior High District Tournament Feb. 9 at Norfork High School.

The junior Lady Pirates, regular season title-holders, knocked off the Izard County junior Lady Cougars, the tourney's third seed, 43-17.

Taylor Cox paced Calico Rock with 12 points, while Brittany Fountain added 10. Emily Johnson tallied nine and Brooke McCurley eight. Malorey Brannon and Kaitlyn Fry finished with two points each.

Trish Arnold led Izard County with 10 points, while Mariah John and Stephanie Shrable had two points apiece. Kaydie Campbell, Amanda Perkins and Alli Roberts had one point each for the junior Lady Cougars.

In junior boys' action, the second-seeded Melbourne junior Bearkatz pulled off an upset, toppling the top seed from Calico Rock 39-37.

Melbourne held a three-point advantage late in the contest when Calico Rock's Brayden McCurley was fouled shooting a trey.

McCurley coolly stepped to the free throw line and sank all three charity tosses to lock the game at 37-all with seven ticks left on the clock.

But Melbourne had an answer.

Luke Miller got behind the junior Pirate defense and hit the game-winning shot to propel the junior Bearkatz to the district tournament title in thrilling fashion.

Dalton Grigg led Melbourne with 15 points, while Robert Nelson added 12. Adam Cooper had six, Keifer Smith four and Miller two.

McCurley tallied a game-high 20 points for the junior Pirates, with Sam Nave logging seven. Garrett Dockins and Alex Skidmore had four points each, while Matt Stone finished with two points.

Calico Rock (23-2) earned a spot in the finals with a 52-26 thumping of Cushman Feb. 7.

The junior Lady Pirates jumped in front 22-2 and never were challenged in the contest.

Cox had 14 points for Calico Rock, while Johnson added nine and Fountain eight. Brannon finished with five and Deloach four. McCurley and Fry tallied three points each, while Ashcraft, Eck and Lively ended the game with two points each.

The junior Lady Cougars punched their ticket to the finals by topping Melbourne 26-21 Feb. 7.

Izard County led 6-0 after one and 11-3 at the half, but the junior Lady Bearkatz rallied to pull within one, 15-14, after three.

As it turns out, Izard County was able to hold on and push past Melbourne by five points.

Arnold led Izard County with 10 points, with Doty adding nine points and 10 boards.

Cassie Gillihan paced Melbourne with 11 points.

The junior Pirates blasted Norfork 47-27 Feb. 7.

Calico Rock (22-1) jumped in front 9-0 to set the tone for the semifinal contest.

McCurley paced Calico Rock with a game-high 23 points, with Skidmore adding six. Green and Stone finished with four points apiece, while Mason and Nave had three points each. Lively added two, while Lamb and Dockins had one point each.

Melbourne made it to the finals by topping Izard County 46-36 Feb. 7.

Grigg tallied 13 points for the junior Katz, with Smith adding 11.

Jordan Everett scored 12 for the junior Cougars, while Josh Ball logged 10.



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