The Kingston Lady Yellowjackets are well-versed in the art of winning close games in the state tournament the past couple of years.
After all, the Lady Yellowjackets played themselves all the way to the state championship game last season, that performance coming on the heels of Kingston walking away with a state title the year before.
There's probably little doubt that experience paid off big-time for Kingston in the opening round of this year's Class 1A State Tournament March 2 at Hillcrest High School in Lynn.
The Lady Yellowjackets trailed a big chunk before rallying late to knock off the Calico Rock Lady Pirates 41-36.
Kingston used a big 14-6 run down the stretch to come from behind and overtake Calico Rock.
Still feeding off their big win over Viola in the regional tourney finals a couple of days earlier, the Lady Pirates (29-8) jumped on top of Kingston (27-5) 8-3 early.
But the Lady Yellowjackets shook that off and used an 8-0 run to pull in front 11-8 after one period of play.
The second period belonged to Calico Rock and when the half rolled around, the Lady Pirates had managed to push their lead to 20-17.
However, Kingston kept hanging around and with a shade over four minutes left in the game, Brooke Poole hit a 3-pointer for Kingston that knotted the contest at 32-all.
Poole led all scorers with 20 points and she wasn't yet done for Kingston.
With two minutes showing on the clock, Poole hit a jumper that gave the Lady Yellowjackets their first lead since the first period.
Kingston extended its lead to four points, but with 34 ticks remaining, Taylor Cox hit a tough shot that pulled Calico Rock within two, down 38-36.
Calico Rock had a chance to pull even when Kingston's Lindsay Davis missed the front end of a one-and-one with 22 seconds left, but the Lady Pirates threw the ball away after grabbing the rebound.
Kingston made sure the Lady Pirates had no more chances to edge closer by icing the game with three free throws in the waning seconds.
Emily Johnson led Calico Rock with 15 points. Cox added 10.
Brittany Fountain finished with six points, with Brooke McCurley hitting for five.