Just over a week after Calico Rock saw its impressive stretch of home victories come to an end with a setback to Viola in the 1A-2 North District Tournament, the Lady Pirates blasted their way through the Class 1A Region 2 Tournament, capped by a 70-40 throttling of the Weiner Lady Cardinals in the championship game Feb. 24 in Brockwell.
And this one may not have been as close as the 30-point spread indicates.
The Lady Pirates (32-6) came out clicking on all cylinders, earning a trip to Magnolia and the Class 1A State Tournament in the process.
A night after they had drained 10 3-balls against Hillcrest in the semis, the Lady Pirates went off for 11 triples against Weiner (22-14).
Brooke McCurley (16 points), Emily Johnson (15 points) and Kaitlyn Fry (12 points) all dropped in bombs for Calico Rock in the first frame.
Johnson even converted a rare four-point play with 34 ticks left in the first, helping Calico Rock to a commanding 24-8 lead after one.
The Lady Pirates used back-to-back buckets by McCurley and Johnson to open the second, but then Calico Rock fell into a bit of a lull.
The Lady Cardinals scored nine unanswered points to keep Calico Rock from running away and hiding, but when the half rolled around, the Lady Pirates were still on top 31-19.
Karli Gillihan (seven points) opened the third with another 3-pointer for Calico Rock, as the Lady Pirates refused to give Weiner much ground.
Fry and Savannah Skidmore (13 points) also added deep shots in the stanza, giving Calico Rock a 53-29 cushion after three.
Weiner just could not string enough buckets together to make a serious run at Calico Rock's lead in the fourth and the Lady Pirates cruised to a 70-40 victory.
Lauren Weatherford finished with three points for Calico Rock, while Sloan Lively had two and Tiffany Post one.
Weiner was paced by 14 points from Katelyn Junyor.
The Lady Cardinals also advanced to state tournament play, despite the loss.
McCurley, Skidmore and Fry were all named to the All-Tournament team, while Johnson was selected as the Regional MVP.
The Lady Pirates advanced to the championship game by drilling Hillcrest 56-27 in the semis Feb. 24.
Calico Rock hit 10 treys in the game and were never threatened, leading 17-7 after one, 33-13 at the half and 52-20 after three.
McCurley led the way with 14 points. Johnson and Fry had 12 points apiece.
Skidmore logged eight, while Lively had four, Gillihan three, Kimberly Lancaster two and Rachel Bevill one.
In the opening round, Johnson went off for 34 points and 13 rebounds to help the Lady Pirates to a 75-60 victory over Crowley's Ridge Academy Feb. 23.
Calico Rock led 11-8 after one, 35-22 at the half and 51-37 after three.
Gillihan added 14, while Fry had 10. Skidmore tallied nine and McCurley eight for the Lady Pirates.