TERRELL LESTER

Sports Editor



TULSA — Claremore’s Lady Zebras clawed back from a third-quarter deficit Saturday night, but then fell apart in the fading seconds, allowing Union to escape with a 37-36 decision in the finals of the Holiday Hoopla high school basketball tournament at the Union Multi Activity Center on the Union campus.

Claremore trailed by eight with two minutes left in the third period, and by seven in the opening seconds of the fourth.

It took a while, in terms of clock time, for the Lady Zebras to erase that negative, but they did so in a deliberate manner, and even took the lead with 65 seconds showing.

But then their workmanlike demeanor took a hit. A couple of errant passes, a couple of missed shots, and the Lady Zebras were left left holding the runnerup trophy.

Freshman Carrington Fox stepped open and scored from point-blank range with 51 seconds left to return the lead to Union, 37-36.

Down the stretch, Claremore was called for traveling with 39 seconds left, was assessed an offensive charging foul 21 seconds later, missed two shots from under the basket with under 10 seconds left, and could not clear the hurdle.

Claremore’s late problems overshadowed a fine comeback earlier in the quarter, and took the luster off a brilliantly played first half.

The score was tied four times in the first two periods, and the lead changed hands six times before Union seized a 24-22 advantage at intermission.

After Claremore tied things with the first basket of the third quarter, Union went on an 8-0 run over four minutes. As Union was sitting atop a 32-24 cushion at the 2-minute mark, the Lady Zebras had more turnovers, four, in the quarter than shots, three.

Still, Claremore had the resolve to come from behind. Logan Froese scored all six points in the period, including four in the final 90 seconds to cut the deficit in half.

Lauren Froese, who led the Lady Zebras in scoring, hit her fourth three-pointer of the game with 1:05 left to give Claremore its first lead, 36-35, since midway of the second period.

The shot seemed to ignite a fire on the defensive end, as the Lady Zebras vigorously challenged every Union pass, and harassed every Union player.

Still, Fox was able to break free and took a pass down low to score and regain the lead in the final minute.

In spite of the missed opportunities, Claremore continued to stay alive, thanks, in part, to fouls. The Lady Zebras had three fouls to give before putting Union in the bonus in the final quarter. They smartly used each and every one.

When Union regained possession following the Claremore charge with 18 seconds left, the Lady Zebras fouled twice, forcing the Lady Redskins to take the ball out of bounds.

Logan Froese intercepted the second in-bounds pass, with 13 seconds left, and there was hope on the Claremore bench.

Even after missing two close-in shots, Claremore still had a chance because the second rebound went out of bounds in favor of the Lady Zebras.

They threw it away on the in-bounds.

Claremore fouled on Union’s in-bound. Again, Union took the ball out of bounds, and was able to run the clock out on the in-bounds pass.

Claremore absorbed its second loss of the week, and stands at 3-2.

Lauren Froese and Skimbo were named to the all-tournament team, along with Lindsay Palmer and Jessica Roberts of Union. Roberts, who scored 14 against Claremore, was voted the tournament’s most valuable player.

Verdigris wins two

In other Saturday basketball, the two unbeaten Verdigris teams took the measure of Sperry at home.

The Verdigris girls had little trouble, opening a 14-6 first-quarter lead and expanding that to 34-14 at intermission en route to a 56-33 win.

The Verdigris boys exploded with a 24-2 second quarter and then coasted to a 55-42 breather.

Sequoyah split two games at Berryhill. The Sequoyah girls rallied in the third period, wiping out a halftime deficit with a 16-4 broadside, and won, 47-38. Sequoyah outscored Berryhill, 20-9, in the fourth quarter of the boys game, but came up short, 49-47.

Oologah and Vinita divided games at Vinita. The Mustangs took an easy win, outscoring Vinita, 41-15, in the first half en route to a 67-37 romp. The Lady Mustangs fell into a 21-3 first-quarter hole and could never get back on track, dropping a 61-36 decision.

Foyil drops two

On Monday night, Adair took a pair from Foyil. Playing on their home court, the Warriors hit their free throws down the stretch and outlast Foyil, 46-36. The Adair girls handed Foyil a 79-23 setback.

Foyil led the Warriors, 12-8, after a quarter, and trailed by two at halftime.

With two minutes remaining, Foyil still was within two.

But the Panthers had to foul, and Adair hit the resulting free throws to pull away.

“It was closer than the final score would indicate,” Foyil coach Jason Ward said. “If we could have hit some shots down the stretch, it might have been a little different.”

Foyil, 5-2, received 12 points from Taylor Antle and Eric Murray dished out 10 assists.



At Chelsea, Dewey turned back the Chelsea girls in the fourth quarter and picked up a 73-58 victory.

Tied at 54 with a minute remaining in the third quarter, Chelsea went cold. Dewey scored the last five points of the quarter, and the outscored the Lady Dragons, 14-4, in the fourth.

“We just hit a big drought,” Chelsea coach Charlie Hadley said.







MONDAY



ADAIR 46, FOYIL 36

Boys

Foyil 12 9 10 5 — 36

Adair 8 15 12 11 — 46

Foyil — Antle 12, Ward 10, Kersey 6, E.Murray 6, Mount 2.

Adair — Crawford 17, Timmons 8, White 6, Davis 6, Pepper 5, Kelley 3, Muse 3.



DEWEY 73, CHELSEA 58

Girls

Dewey 22 19 18 14 — 73

Chelsea 15 21 18 4 — 58

Dewey — Nitts 23, Moore 19, Gordineer 16, Nickles 10, Short 5.

Chelsea — Winters 18, McSpadden 17, Kolb 6, Morrison 6, Green 6, James 2, Vann 2, Roberts 1.



SATURDAY



UNION 37, CLAREMORE 36

Girls

Claremore 11 11 6 8 — 36

Union 11 13 8 5 — 37

Claremore — Lauren Froese 12, Johnson 9, Logan Froese 8, Skimbo 7, KnifeChief 0, Barnoski 0.

Union — Roberts 14, Fox 7, Winkler 6, Palmer 8, Frierson 2, Miller 0.





VERDIGRIS 55, SPERRY 42

Boys

Sperry 8 2 16 16 — 42

Verdigris 9 24 12 10 — 55

Sperry — Bundy 16, Battiest 6, Gaddy 6, McGarry 5, Apodaca 4, Winters 3, Teel 2.

Verdigris — Clarke 22, Schultz 11, Sam 8, Brown 7, Overholt 5, Hollon 2.



VERDIGRIS 56, SPERRY 33

Girls

Sperry 6 8 8 11 — 33

Verdigris 14 20 10 12 — 56

Sperry —Torix 16, Ward 7, Roberts 4, Goolsby 2, Haas 2, Ginn 2.

Verdigris — Nelms 15, Clarke 11, K.Heskett 5, Blan 5, M.Heskett 4, Stout 4, Ju.Mitchell 4, M.Schaub 2, Weber 2, Je.Mitchell 2, Dargel 1, Hilliard 1.



BERRYHILL 49, SEQUOYAH 47

Boys

Sequoyah 12 9 6 20 — 47

Berryhill 15 11 14 9 — 49

Sequoyah — Breshears 14, Miller 11, Adcock 10, D.Smith 4, Marsh 4, Mitchell 3, Haynes 1.

Berryhill — T.Funderburk 16, J.Funderburk 13, Green 10, Carter 5, Riley 5.



SEQUOYAH 47, BERRYHILL 38

Girls

Sequoyah 8 10 16 13 — 47

Berryhill 12 8 4 14 — 38

Sequoyah — Goad 11, Fuller 10, Morris 9,Weast 7, Conger 5, May 5.

Berryhill — Spencer 14, Woods 13, Hurley 6, Waggoner 2, Myers 2, Copp 1.



OOLOGAH 67, VINITA 37

Boys

Oologah 18 23 19 7 — 67

Vinita 9 6 11 11 — 37

Oologah — Barrett 12, White 12, Melton 8, Wright 7, Jacobs 6, Payne 6, Semkoff 6, Troutt 4, Risner 2, Walten 2, Keita 2.

Vinita — Dee Wilis 10, Dante Willis 7, Grimm 7, A.Ramsey 4, L.Williams 3, B.Williams 2, Breshears 2, Hiseley 2.





VINITA 61, OOLOGAH 36

Girls

Oologah 3 9 11 13 — 36

Vinita 21 11 14 15 — 61

Oologah — Jeffs 9, Linihan 8, Hotfelt 6, Parker 4, Allen 3, Haines 2, Young 2, Nanney 2.

Vinita — Rosebrough 13, Skinner 11, Fritz 10, Williams 9, Tyler 5, Daggs 4, Negrete 3, Hendrix 2, Callahan 2, Langley 2.









The high school basketball season comes to its first scheduled interruption this week, breaking for the holidays after a slate of Tuesday night games.

Claremore is home to Tulsa Kelley Tuesday night, while Oologah, Sequoyah, and Inola also have home dates.

Inola takes on the two unbeaten Verdigris teams, while Sequoyah plays host to Chelsea.

The Sequoyah girls and Chelsea girls are on four-game winning streaks. Sequoyah is 5-1, and Chelsea is 5-2.





TUESDAY GAMES



Tulsa Kelley at Claremore, Collinsville at Oologah, Verdigris at Inola, Chelsea at Sequoyah, Foyil at Caney Valley.