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Slow second costs Pirates

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

THE SAVE: Brayden McCurley skies to keep the ball from going out of bounds in Calico Rock's Nov. 10 meeting with Valley Springs in the Highland Classic. Photo/Mullins
The Valley Springs Tigers played deep into the Class 3A State Tournament last season, and by the looks of things early this year, they might be poised for another such run in 2009.

Holding Class 1A Calico Rock to just one basket in the second period of play, the Tigers (6-0) pushed past the Pirates 61-38 Nov. 10 in the Highland Classic at the A.L. Hutson Memorial Center.

Valley Springs jumped out to a 7-2 lead in the first period before Brayden McCurley (nine points) drilled the first of his three treys in the game for Calico Rock.

The Pirates pulled within two points of the Tigers, 9-7, on a pair of free throws from Sam Nave (six points), but Valley Springs used a period-ending 6-0 run to move in front 15-7 after one period of play.

Things really bogged down for Calico Rock in the second period. The Tigers turned up the defensive heat and held the Pirates to just a 3-pointer from Jordan Green in the frame.

Outscoring Calico Rock 17-3 in the second, the Tigers took a big 32-10 advantage to intermission.

Jake Pool (12 points) got hot in the third period and drained a couple of 3-balls for Calico Rock, but Valley Springs managed to keep way in front of the Pirates.

McCurley knocked down a triple at the buzzer, but the Tigers stood in front 53-25 after three.

Calico Rock outscored Valley Springs 13-8 in the final frame, but it was the Tigers that ended the afternoon with a 61-38 victory.

Alex Skidmore finished with four points for Calico Rock, while Matt Stone logged two points in the contest.

The Pirates dropped a tight 51-49 decision to the Heber Springs Panthers Nov. 12 at Harold Ray Jeffery Gymnasium.

Calico Rock was on top 12-10 after one period of play, but the Panthers rallied to take a 27-26 lead at the half and 41-40 advantage after three.

McCurley and Pool fired in 14 points apiece for the Pirates.

Earlier in the evening, the Lady Pirates jumped in front 15-4 after the first period and rolled to a big 60-47 win over Heber Springs.

Emily Johnson tallied 17 points for Calico Rock, with Taylor Cox logging 16 and Brittany Fountain 12.

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