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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Second half surge spurs Lady Pirates to victory

  • Concord blew open a tie game by opening the third quarter with a 9-0 run and the Lady Pirates never relinquished their lead in the second half, claiming a 53-41 victory over the visiting Lady Bears of Mammoth Spring.
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  • Concord blew open a tie game by opening the third quarter with a 9-0 run and the Lady Pirates never relinquished their lead in the second half, claiming a 53-41 victory over the visiting Lady Bears of Mammoth Spring. Tied at 21-all entering the third quarter, Concord took the lead on a rebound bucket from power forward Emanda Reeves. Post player Kayla Richardson added a midrange jumper from left baseline then point guard Megan Talley picked a steal and scored as the Lady Pirates suddenly took a 27-21 lead. Guard Molly Jefferson buried a three-pointer from right corner off an assist from guard Sydney Harlan to complete the run but Mammoth chipped away at its deficit and pulled within four by making 4-of-4 free throws sandwiched around a stick back by Reeves. Clinging to a 34-30 lead, Concord gained some breathing room with a quick 7-0 run sparked by Jefferson, who drained a three-pointer from left wing off an assist from Harlan, who then snatched two consecutive steals, both of which she turned into buckets, giving the Lady Pirates a 41-32 lead. Mammoth's Alex Taylor closed the third quarter with a basket following an offensive rebound then Taylor began the fourth quarter with another putback as the Lady Bears closed within seven before guard Kaylynn Bradford gave Concord a lift off the bench with a stick back. Harlan sank 3-of-4 free throws as the Lady Pirates pushed the gap to 12 but Caitlin VanGinhoven hit two free throws and Sammie Honeycutt scored from left block, leaving Mammoth with a sliver of hope. With 2:30 remaining, Concord worked the ball around the perimeter for a good shot, which was taken by Reeves, who followed her own miss for two, plus a foul. Reeves completed the old-fashioned three-point play and moments later Reeves notched a stick back for a 51-38 lead. Concord reserve guard Maghin England hit a midrange jumper from left wing, setting the final at 53-41. Harlan poured in a game-high 15 points for Concord (3-3) and Reeves followed with 13 points, including nine in the second half, while Richardson chipped in five points and Talley added four. Sydney Peck paced Mammoth Spring (3-3) with 14 points, including nine in the first quarter, while Taylor added 10 points and VanGinhoven finished with six.

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