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Lady Pirates roll to tourney championship

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Scott Faulkner had seen this plenty of times before.

The way that the Calico Rock Lady Pirates would be firing on all cylinders, grabbing control of a game and not letting go.

As head coach of the Lady Pirates, Faulkner saw this lead to several Izard County Invitational Tournament titles.

And this year would be no different.

Matter of fact, the only real difference was, Faulkner was not sitting on the Calico Rock bench.

He was sitting on the opposite bench, in charge of the Salem Lady Greyhounds' plan to dethrone the Calico Rock Lady Pirates this time around.

But in the end, it was coach Josh Wright and his band of Lady Pirates, the top-ranked Class 1A team in the state and defending state champs, that notched another Izard County Tournament title, with a 74-58 victory over Salem Jan. 28 at the Cougars' Den in Brockwell.

Calico Rock used a big push in the first period to build a big lead over the third-seeded Lady Greyhounds.

The Lady Pirates were up 8-5, when they closed the first on a 10-2 run.

Emily Johnson (20 points) started the burst with a free throw, followed by two more from Sloan Lively (seven points).

Savannah Skidmore (11 points) then stuck back a missed shot, followed by a 3-ball from Kaitlyn Fry (10 points) and steal and layup by Johnson.

Dalina Perkey (seven points) stopped the Calico Rock spurt with a free throw, but the Lady Pirates led 18-7 after one.

Salem's Sidney Mitchum (20 points) was hampered by foul woes in the second and saw limited playing time.

Calico Rock built its cushion to 30-12 late in the frame.

Whitney Ward (five points) nailed a trey for the Lady Hounds, starting an 8-2 run for Salem.

Whitney Rose (six points) and Abby Blevins (four points) added free throws for the Lady Greyhounds, but Brooke McCurley (11 points) put in the last four points of the half for Calico Rock, giving the Lady Pirates a 36-20 cushion at the halftime break.

Calico Rock extended its advantage to 20 points in the third, and try as they might, the Lady Greyhounds just could not chip enough off the lead to edge within striking distance.

The Lady Pirates led 61-41 after three.

Karli Gillihan finished with 13 points for Calico Rock, while Kerrigan Cook had one.

Hailey Crisp logged 10 points for Salem, with Baylei Lamar adding six.

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