Just when it looked like Calico Rock had found an answer to Mountain View's scrambling defense, the Yellowjackets churned out an 8-2 run in the fourth period to hold the Pirates at bay.
Pushed into a deep hole in the first two periods of play, Calico Rock made a hard charge at Class 3A Mountain View in the second half of play, but still fell 52-34 Nov. 17 at the Highland Classic.
It was all Yellowjackets in the early going, as Mountain View burst out to an 8-0 lead to start the contest.
The Yellowjackets' aggressive defense, coupled with some cold shooting from the floor on Calico Rock's part, helped Mountain View off to that quick start.
Alex Skidmore (eight points) got the Pirates on the scoreboard with a trey at the 4:08 mark of the first, but Mountain View led 10-3 after one.
The Yellowjackets canned a pair of treys early in the second to move ahead 22-4.
Brayden McCurley (12 points) sank a pair of free throws and Remi Lively (five points) hit a layup, but the Pirates were facing a 27-10 deficit at the break.
Calico Rock went on a nice 7-3 run early in the third to keep the Yellowjackets from running away and with 2:24 left in the frame, McCurley was fouled shooting a triple and cashed that into a 4-point play, pulling the Pirates within 36-23 heading into the final frame.
A pair of freebies from McCurley at the 5:48 mark of the fourth edged Calico Rock within 11, down 38-27.
But that was as close as the Pirates would get.
Mountain View reeled off six straight points, part of an 8-2 run, to close out the victory.