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McCurley shoots lights out

Thursday, February 19, 2009

CONTACT: Calico Rock's Emily Johnson gets fouled on her way to the basket in action from the 1A-2 North Junior High District Tournament Feb. 14. Photo/Mullins
There are a number of different ways to measure heat.

There's smoking-hot, white-hot, scorching-hot and just plain old red-hot.

But after the show she put on in the championship game of the junior girls' 1A-2 North District Junior High Tournament, a new way to measure heat has been found.

Brooke McCurley-hot.

McCurley was locked into in an un-real shooting zone and knocked down seven treys en route to a game-high 30 points, helping Calico Rock to a 54-39 victory over the Hillcrest junior Screamin' Lady Eagles Feb. 14 at the Longhorns Corral in Viola.

The junior Lady Pirates' (20-1) only setback of the year came at the hands of Mountain View in the finals of the Melbourne Junior High Tournament.

But in this one, there was to be no setback, only a whole lot of McCurley, who Hillcrest just had no counter-plan for.

Sloan Lively (four points) hit Calico Rock's first basket of the evening, followed quickly by the first of McCurley's seven trifectas in the contest.

Mattie Jo Branscum stuck back a missed shot and Kaitlyn Fry (seven points) dropped in a pair of charity tosses to give the junior Lady Pirates a 9-6 lead after one.

Then McCurley got clicking.

She tossed in Calico Rock's first two hoops of the second period, and after two Hillcrest baskets, knocked down another trey to push Calico Rock in front 16-10.

Emily Johnson (nine points) started a 9-2 run for the Lady Pirates, aided by McCurley's third 3-ball, a layup from Savannah Skidmore and jumper from Lively, giving Calico Rock a 25-18 cushion at the break.

Calico Rock began to pull away early in the third.

Fry drilled a triple, Johnson added a bucket and there was McCurley again, with another big 3-pointer, pushing Calico Rock in front 33-18.

McCurley just could not be contained, or even slowed down, by Hillcrest's defense and she tossed in two more treys in the last 1:45 of the third, giving the junior Lady Pirates a 42-29 cushion heading into the final frame.

This proved to more than enough and the junior Lady Pirates added the district tournament title to their regular season crown with a 54-39 victory over the junior Screamin' Lady Eagles.

Calico Rock played its way to the championship game with a 47-22 win over Mammoth Spring in the semi-final round Feb. 12.

Johnson paved the way with a game-high 20 points for the junior Lady Pirates.

Tiffany Angotti tallied 14 points for Mammoth Spring.

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