There is no telling what to expect when longtime rivals Claremore and Tulsa Kelley meet on the field of competition.

This was the case once again Tuesday night as the two Class 5A schools ended up dividing a basketball doubleheader at the Zebras' Frank Mobra Field House.

The No. 2-ranked Lady Zebras destroyed the No. 9 and previously unbeaten Lady Comets, 57-26. The Kelley boys, rated No. 11, answered with a 45-42 win over the No. 20 Zebras who just missed sending the contest into overtime.

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Due to the holiday break, it was the first time in 24 days for the Claremore teams to see regular-season action. The long layoff apparently didn't slow the Lady Zebras. They led from the first points, a pair of Claire Detter free throws, to the finish.

While the Claremore fans witnessed the same team hustle they have become accustomed to, the Zebras just couldn't get the shots to fall.

Claremore attempted 12 treys and hit two and only made six of 13 free throws. Kelley also shot a dozen 3-pointers and made four, then tacked on 11 of 15 foul points.


The Lady Comets entered the game with a 4-0 record and quickly discovered the 5-1 Claremore team was better than any they have ran into to date.

Detter started the point climb with her two foul shots and Logan Froese followed with an under-the-net bucket. Then Claremore started dropping in the 3-pointers. Jordan Schultz, Taylor Swift and Cassidy Bowen hit three straight, touching nothing but net.

Then to add a crowning touch, Bowen added a second trey.

Kristen Kelley scored five first-quarter points for the Lady Comets, but hers were the only team points and Claremore had 16.

The long ball cooled off but the Zebra points didn't as the Claremore lead stretched out to 31-11 by halftime. As good as they looked up to that point, the third period was near perfect for the Lady Zebras. Claremore outscored Kelley, 20-4, to take a 51-13 margin into the final period.

"We had some very good practices over the break and the girls looked good tonight," Zebras coach Mark Campbell said. "We still need to get in better shape, but they played hard tonight."

Bowen led all players with 14 points while Schultz and Froese each finished with 13.


Trailing since late in the first quarter, Claremore managed to rally for a late run and missed by less than an inch of reaching overtime.

Robert Boyles fired a shot from the left corner. As the buzzer cut loose, the ball rattled off the back rim and Kelley players and fans knew they had barely escaped.

Down by seven starting the final quarter, Claremore pulled to within 41-40 on a steal and following layup by Dakota Beller. The Zebras regained possession and had a chance to grab the lead with 48 seconds left.

Instead of getting a shot at the basket, the ball was knocked from a Zebra's hands. A tie-up gave the ball back to Kelley.

Matt Reynolds was fouled. The game's top scorer with 15 points had not shot a free throw during the first three quarters. Once in the fourth quarter, however, Reynolds stepped to the line for six shots and connected on each. The final four came in the final seconds.

While the Zebras did a good job shutting off Kelley's inside scoring, they couldn't stop the outside guard shooting. Joe Dowell and Jack Cameron scored 10 points apiece to back Reynolds.

For the first time this season, Claremore failed to have a player reach double figures. Taylor Shisler and Dylan James and nine each.

The Zebras dropped to 3-4 and Kelley improved to 4-2.



Tulsa Kelley 13 10 11 11 — 45

Claremore 9 8 10 15 — 42

Kelley — Reynolds 15, Dowell 10, Cameron 10, M.Maguire 3, A.Maguire 2, O'Brien 2, Walton 2, Johnson 1.

Claremore — Shisler 9, D.James 9, Beller 8, Caudill 7, Skimbo 5, B.James 2, Boyles 2.



Tulsa Kelley 5 6 4 11 — 26

Claremore 16 15 20 6 — 57

Kelley — Pelger 8, Kelley 7, Flusche 5, Heinrich 4, Karnish 2.

Claremore — Bowen 14, Froese 13, Schultz 13, Swift 6, Post 3, Barnwell 2, Detter 2, Martin 2, Wood 2.