CATOOSA — Things started off a little slow and somewhat sloppy. Still, when a basketball team leads the whole game and wins by 25 points, something is going right.

That's what happened Friday night with the Claremore Lady Zebras. Class 5A's No. 3-ranked club rolled over Metro Lakes Conference rival Tahlequah, 68-43, in the girls semifinals of the Port City Basketball Classic.

Claremore (12-1) played in the tournament's girls championship game Saturday night for the ninth straight year, facing Broken Bow, a 61-57 winner over Bartlesville.

Logan Froese and Jordan Schultz paced the Lady Zebras with a combined 47 points.

The senior Froese topped all players with 25 points and added a game-high 11 rebounds.

The sophomore Schultz hit five 3-point baskets on the way to a 22-point game.

The Lady Tigers also had two players in double figures — Katie Atkins with 16 and Kaley McNeil with 15.

While Froese and Schultz compiled their numbers, the other Zebras also were playing big.

Devoting the final three quarters to her defensive play, the Zebras' Taylor Swift shot only once. It missed, but her first-quarter shooting more than made up for it. She was involved in all 10 team points as Claremore took the opener by a 10-4 count.

Filling in for injured senior starter Claire Detter, the junior fireball Swift was perfect with a trey to start the scoring and added a pair of two-point baskets. She also assisted Schultz on her first trey.

Cassidy Bowen, Leslie Post, Sierra Barnwell and Memory Wood turned in fine defensive games as the Zebras outscored Tahlequah in each quarter. At halftime, the Tigers had only a dozen points.



Girls

Semifinals

Claremore 68, Tahlequah 43

Broken Bow 61, Bartlesville 57

Consolation

Bixby 47, Catoosa 33

Victory Christian 45, Tulsa Hale 36





CLAREMORE 68, TAHLEQUAH 43

Claremore 10 21 17 20 — 68

Tahlequah 4 8 15 16 — 43

Claremore — Froese 25, Schultz 22, Bowen 9, Swift 7, Post 5.

Tahlequah — Atkins 16, McNeil 15, Sampson 7, Medlock 3, Blankenship 2.



BIXBY 47, CATOOSA 33

Bixby 9 15 16 7 — 47

Catoosa 2 9 10 12 — 33

Bixby — Harris 10, Hanus 9, Bittle 6, Feet 5, Roberson 4, VanGilder 2, Borin 1.

Catoosa — Beer 10, Harris 7, Brown 4, Young 3, Star 2. Magness 2, Presley 2, James 2.



BROKEN BOW 61, BARTLESVILLE 57

Bartlesville 11 13 26 7 — 57

Broken Bow 4 24 16 17 — 61

Bartlesville — Ward 25, Phillips 11, Dean 8, Sarver 7, Landrum 6.

Broken Bow — Davis 14, Whitmore 13, Broades 12, Hendon 8, Burris 5, Blackwell 4, Brown 3, Neal 2.





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