Mark one down each for a pair of longtime rivals. With each playing their final scheduled games of the high school basketball season, Claremore and Pryor were forced to divide victories Monday night at the Frank Mobra Fieldhouse.
The Lady Zebras used an 11-0 first quarter run and then held Pryor without a field goal in the final period on the way to a 49-31 win. It was Claremore's 20th victory against one setback.
Pryor's boys used a 3-point thunderstorm of baskets to drench the Zebras, 64-51, in the final contest.
All Claremore senior players, managers and their parents were recognized in special ceremonies between games.
It took the Lady Zebras awhile to get started. Scoring the first two baskets, Pryor led, 8-2, at the midway point of the first quarter. It appeared the Tigerettes might be gearing up to make a serious run.
Claremore junior Cassie Bowen stepped up to toss a monkey wrench into any such plans. She popped in a pair of treys, the first with 3:35 left in the quarter, to start the 11-0 Zebra charge.
Mandi Walker added another from the opposite side of the court to lift Claremore to within 10-8. With 1:36 on the clock, Logan Froese tied the score on a short bank shot. Twenty-five seconds later, a Froese foul shot put Claremore on top to stay.
Pryor, 13-9, managed to remain within striking range through the second and third periods. The fourth quarter was a different story. Claremore added 13 points to its side while holding Pryor to four free throws.
The low-scoring affair saw Audra Skimbo and Froese lead all players with 13 points each. No Pryor player reached double figures.
There was little Claremore's boys could do to stop Pryor's first-half flood of 3-point shooting. The Tigers made 9 of their first 12 attempts behind the arc while jumping out to a 30-19 edge.
With six different players coming up with treys, Pryor finished with 11 of 16 in the game.
Claremore's Kyle Moseley went full court for a lay-up to pull his team to within 39-33 late in the third quarter. Down by 18 points shortly before, that would be Claremore's last serious challenge.
Phillip Galvin ended the period with a Pryor basket, then started the final quarter with another. This, teamed with a following Brook Hall layup, pushed the Tigers back out front by a dozen points.
Weston Cox used four treys to take scoring honors with a 20 points. Hall, getting half of his points on free throws, finished with 14 and Galvin had 10.
Claremore, now 10-12, also had three players in double figures. Alex Miller finished with 16, getting all but three of his points in the second half. Jaren Riley and Robert Boyles each added 11.
PRYOR 64, CLAREMORE 51
Pryor 12 18 11 23 — 64
Claremore 9 10 14 18 — 51
Pryor — Cox 20, Hall 14, Galvin 10, Mibb 9, Dobrinski 6, Ballard 3, Jarboe.
Claremore — Miller 16, Riley 11, Boyles 11, James 5, Shisler 4, Moseley 2.
CLAREMORE 49, PRYOR 31
Pryor 10 10 7 4 — 31
Claremore 16 9 11 13 — 49
Pryor — Otto 9, Kerns 7, Keen 6, Schultz 5, Cox 3, Sordahl 1.
Claremore — Skimbo 13, Froese 13, Bowen 9, Walker 9, Barnwell 3, Davis 2.