It was no surprise that the Claremore Lady Zebras proved to be the queens of the ball.

What was unexpected was the gate-crashing performance of the Claremore boys.

The Class 5A No. 3-ranked Lady Zebras walked away with the girls championship crown (or trophy in this case) at the 43rd Port City Classic Saturday night by downing Broken Bow, 54-33, in Catoosa.

Behind the standout three-day performance of Logan Froese, Claremore (13-1) was never threatened. Playing three games during a 53-hour period, the Lady Zebras outscored their opponents in all 12 quarters.

The 6-0 Froese was selected as the girls most valuable player. Her 70 points were the most scored by a single player, male or female.

While the girls were going full steam, Claremore's boys also caused more than a few raised eyebrows.

After shocking top-seeded Tahlequah in the semifinals, Claremore came close to doing the same to No. 3-seed Bartlesville before losing, 49-43, in the championship contest.

With 29 seconds left to play Claremore (7-7) was down by three after trailing by 14 at one time.

Both Claremore teams will return to acton Friday at Skiatook.


As the popular Catoosa tournament entered the final day of play, Froese had already made a serious bid for the MVP selection. She wasted no time by trumping her bid against No. 2 seed Broken Bow (9-5).

Despite being double-teamed on defense from the opening tip, she scored her team's first 14 points. On her way to a game-high 25 points, the four-year starter for Zebras coach Mark Campbell hit 11 of 12 from the field and added three of four at the free throw line.

There is no telling what totals she might have accumulated had not Claremore quit going inside pretty much after the first quarter. Froese missed her one field goal early in the second half, then shot only four more times the rest of the game.

Broken Bow attempted to give the Lady Zebras a game at the start and even took a 7-6 lead on a three-pointer by Presley Davis.

Jordan Schultz, named to the all-tournament team, finally ended Froese's hex on the Lady Savages. The slender sophomore forced a Savage turnover just beyond midcourt and raced back for an uncontested layup.

It came just seconds prior to the first-quarter buzzer and gave Claremore a 16-10 edge.

Schultz' selection to the all-tournament was earned. Thanks to a 28-point game the first night, she scored 66 overall, second only to her senior teammate. She finished with 16 against Broken Bow.

The lone Lady Savage in double figures was reserve Courtney Hendon. During the second half, she fired up seven treys and hit four of them for 12 points.


Bartlesville, the tournament's top team three of the past four years, expected to meet Tahlequah in the finals. The Tigers had already won 11 of 13 games this season. This included a 10-point victory over Claremore.

Broken Bow was actually the No. 2-seeded team when the tournament bracket was announced. By the time it was learned that six of the team's top players were left at home for disciplinary reasons, it was too late to make changes. The Savages (5-9) lost all three games.

The Zebras, improving each night they step on the court, came out on the short end of the score. But not before giving the larger Bruins all they wanted.

At halftime, it appeared Claremore's impressive run was all over. Bartlesville had climbed out to a 17-8 lead in the first-quarter lead with a 11-3 closing run. When the Bruins opened the second period with the first five points, they were in control, 22-8.

Before the half ended, the Zebras were only able to cut the gap to a dozen points.

Then Claremore started making the climb upward. Dakota Beller started it with a trey and Taylor Shisler, Michael Skimbo, Robert Boyles and Jimmy Williams followed with twos. With 1:15 to go in the third, Claremore was within 39-34.

As the third quarter started with a 3-point Claremore basket, so, too, did the fourth. This time, Williams did the trick and the Bruins led by only 41-39.

Then Bartlesville's Nate Jones stepped up and may have wrapped up the boys’ MVP honor with a 3-point bucket himself for a 44-39 count. That would prove to be the winning points.

Regardless, there was still action remaining. Dylan James hit a trey for Claremore, Bartlesville's Dontre Tuttle delivered a layup and James answered with a tip-in.

Up 46-43, Adam Wooten and Heath Deaton tacked on three foul points for the Bruins during the final 28 seconds.


Girls, championship

Claremore 16 11 8 19 — 54

Broken Bow 10 7 7 9 — 33

Claremore — Froese 25, Schultz 16, Bowen 7, Barnwell 4, Post 2, Swift 0.

Broken Bow — Hendon 12, Whitmore 8, Ramsey 3, Neal 2, Burris 1.


Boys, championship

Claremore 8 10 18 7 — 43

Bartlesville 17 13 11 8 — 49

Claremore —Williams 9, Boyles 8, D.James 7, Skimbo 7, Beller 6, Shisler 6.

Bartlesville — Deaton 13, Jones 11, Clopp 7, Tuttle 7, Wooten 6, Hicks 5.


Boys, third place

Tahlequah 26 22 12 10 — 70

Catoosa 15 13 14 10 — 52

Tahlequah — Cox 17, Qualls 15, Todd 13, Tinsley 12, Stovall 11, Peace 2.

Catoosa — Ninehuis 17, Poorboy 12, Goad 9, Beer 6, Robertson 4, Lorg 2, Davis 2.


Girls, seventh place

Catoosa 17 21 11 18 — 67

Hale 8 14 6 5 — 33

Catoosa — Hall 19, Brown 13, Beer 10, Magness 9, James 9, Starr 4, Presley 2, Young 1.

Hale — Jones 13, Laster 8, Smith 5, Flagg 4, Thompson 3.

All-Tournament teams


MVP — Logan Froese, Claremore

Jordan Shuultz, Claremore

Courtney Ward, Bartlesville

Brittany Harris, Bixby

Katie Atkins, Tahlequah

Presley Davis, Broken Bow


MVP — Nate Jones, Bartlesville

Robert Boyles, Claremore

Richard Thompson, Bartlesville

Matt Qualls, Tahlequah

Trevor Nienhuis, Catoosa

Matt Graham, Victory Christian

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