The Calico Rock Pirates moved into second place in the 1A-2 North standings with a big 55-47 victory over the Viola Longhorns Nov. 24 at the Longhorn Corral in Viola.
The Pirates (6-5, 2-1) jumped in front 16-8 after the first period, and by weathering an 8-1 run by the Horns (8-3, 0-2) in the second period, led 24-18 at intermission.
Calico Rock maintained its advantage at 35-32 heading into the final frame before winning by eight points.
Brayden McCurley paced the Pirates with 16 points, while Jordan Green added 15 and Sam Nave 12. Alex Skidmore had six, Jake Pool four and Garrett Dockins two.
Jackson Rains scored a game-high 17 points for Viola, with Blake Baumunk adding 15 and Ethan Houghtaling seven.
Jordan Cotter logged five points and Jacob Luther finished with one for Viola.
In girls' action, Calico Rock dropped Viola by 10, 46-36.
Tied at 25-all in the third period, the Lady Pirates (9-5, 3-0) outscored Viola (9-5, 0-2) 15-6 to grab command of the contest.
Brittany Fountain led all scorers with 18 points, while Brooke McCurley had 12. Taylor Cox and Emily Johnson logged six points each. Sloan Lively and Mattie Branscum ended the game with two points each.
Leslie Barker tossed in 14 points to lead the Lady Longhorns, while Michaela Thompson logged 10.
Dedra Johnston scored five, Taylor Griggs had four, Leslie Shrable two and Heather Simmons one.
In junior boys' play, Austin Gardner completed a 3-point play with a shade over a second left in the game to give Viola a tight 33-32 win over the junior Pirates.
Gardner led Viola with 19, while Remi Lively tossed in 19 to pace Calico Rock.