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Lady Pirates' D too much for Concord

Thursday, November 6, 2008

QUICK THINKING: Calico Rock's Taylor Cox saves the ball from going out of bounds in the Lady Pirates' 65-30 rout of Concord Oct. 28. Photo/Mullins
Overwhelming their guests with defense like they had probably never seen before, the Calico Rock Lady Pirates routed the visiting Concord Lady Pirates 65-30 Oct. 28 at Harold Ray Jeffery Gymnasium.

Later in the night, the visitors from Concord evened the score with a 61-50 victory over their hosts from Calico Rock in senior boys' action.

In the girls' contest, it was obvious from the outset that Calico Rock's feet were far to quick and its hands way to sticky for Concord to handle. The home team used steal after steal to score layup after layup, keeping the action mostly on Calico Rock's end of the floor for the evening.

Seven different players scored a bucket for Calico Rock in the first period of play, as head coach Scott Faulkner rotated his players into the game in waves.

Calico Rock was up 7-6 with a shade under four minutes left to play in the first, when the homestanding Lady Pirates grabbed control with a big 12-1, period-ending run.

Naomi Wright (six points) started the burst with a spinning move inside, followed by steals and hoops by Miranda Jones (10 points) and Malorey Brannon (eight points). Courtney Lester (six points) added a free throw before Brannon uncorked a big triple.

Concord broke up the run with a charity toss with 40 ticks left, but Calico Rock got a layup near the buzzer from Naomi Wright to take a commanding 19-7 lead after one.

Calico Rock continued its frantic, up-and-down pace in the second period, resulting in a 12-zip burst for the home team.

Taylor Cox (eight points) popped a jumper, followed by back-to-back buckets from Hannah Wright (six points). Brittany Fountain capped the spurt with three straight hoops, giving Calico Rock a 31-9 advantage with 5:17 left until halftime. Fountain led a balanced Calico Rock scoring attack with 11 points.

Concord managed just two field goals and seven total points in the second period, as Calico Rock took over the proceedings with a 41-14 lead at intermission.

Calico Rock didn't let up in the second half and ended the evening with a 35-point rout of Concord.

Emily Jenkins and Heather Parker finished with four points apiece for Calico Rock, while Kori Lamb added two points.

In boys' action, Concord's big one-two punch of Chase Thomas, the 6-2 skywalker, and big-man Michael Vuckovic, was just too much for Calico Rock. Thomas tossed in 20 points for Concord, while Vuckovic tallied 17 for the visitors.

But the most damaging blow for Calico Rock was its inability to score down the stretch in the fourth period.

Trailing Concord 44-42 after three, Calico Rock scored just three field goals, and eight points total, in the game's last eight minutes.

Craton Fountain scored five of his six points in the game for Calico Rock in the fourth, with Brayden Fountain (five points) busting a trey for the home team's other field goal in the fourth.

Thomas posted six points for Concord in the fourth, with Vuckovic adding seven.

Calico Rock opened the contest strong and generated a 9-0 run early in the first out of its full-court press.

Jake Pool (six points) started the run with a pair of hoops, followed by a jumper in the paint from Sam Nave (12 points) and ended with a 3-ball by Jacob Moss (six points), giving Calico Rock a 9-2 lead.

Concord fought back, but Calico Rock remained in front 17-13 at the end of the first period.

Calico Rock got a pair of big triples from Dockins and Moss in the second to stay on top by a single point, 28-27, at intermission.

Then Concord grabbed the lead for good early in the third, due in large part to a 7-0 run.

Calico Rock closed the frame strong with a 7-2 run, started by an old-fashioned 3-point play from Craton Fountain.

Nave shook free right before the buzzer to sink a layup that brought Calico Rock within two, 44-42, after three.

But that was as close as Calico Rock could get, as Concord outscored Calico Rock 17-8 in the fourth to win 61-50.

Brayden McCurley finished with nine points for Calico Rock.

Andrew Powell had three and Garrett Dockins one point for the Pirates.

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