The Calico Rock Lady Pirates dropped their second 1A-2 North game of the year in a 61-57 setback to Hillcrest Feb. 2 at Harold Ray Jeffery Gymnasium.
Calico Rock was up 15-9 after the end of the first period, but the Screamin' Lady Eagles rallied to lock the game at 24-all at intermission and 41-all after three.
Hillcrest hit six of eight free throws late in the contest to fend off Calico Rock.
The loss, coupled with Viola's win over Mammoth Spring Feb. 3, gives the Lady Longhorns the conference title by virtue of their 9-1 mark. The Lady Pirates finish second in conference play.
Hannah Wright tallied 14 points for the Lady Pirates, while Taylor Cox, Brittany Fountain and Kori Lamb finished with 10 points each. Miranda Jones scored eight points, Mallory Brannon had three and Emily Jenkins two points.
In boys' action, the Pirates (10-16, 3-6) routed Hillcrest 72-53.
Brayden Fountain paced Calico Rock with 19 points and Jake Pool logged 15.
The Pirates jumped in front 14-6 after one, held on to lead 23-20 at the half and then extended their advantage to 44-33 after three.
The junior Lady Pirates (16-1, 7-0) remained perfect in conference play by opening the evening with a 44-29 win over Hillcrest.
Emily Johnson tallied 12 points for Calico Rock, while Kaitlyn Fry had 10 and Brooke McCurley nine.
The Lady Pirates got back on the winning track with a 70-48 victory over Izard County the following night, Feb. 3, at home.
Calico Rock (21-5, 7-2) led 19-11 after one and 41-22 at the half. Wright scored 20 points for the Lady Pirates, with Lamb adding 17.
Rachel Harmon tallied 15 points for the Lady Cougars.
In boys' action, Izard County grabbed its third victory of the season, first in 1A-2 North play, with a 51-47 win over the Pirates.
The Cougars led 12-10 after one, but Calico Rock re-grouped to go on top 25-18 at intermission.
In the third, Izard County got rolling and grabbed a 40-37 advantage after three periods of play. The Cougars put the game away from the free throw line in the fourth.
Gage Wolford led Izard County with 19 points. Ethan Porter added 16 and Ryan Walker 13 for the Cougars.
McCurley logged 13 points for the Pirates, with Jacob Moss posting 12.
The junior Cougars started the evening with a 44-17 victory over the junior Pirates.
Jordan Everett finished with 14 points for Izard County, with Josh Ball adding 10 points. Mitchell Pool paced the junior Pirates with seven points. Sam Mason added six points for Calico Rock.