SILOAM SPRINGS, Ark. —
The Claremore Lady Zebras advanced to the fifth-place game of the Siloam Springs Holiday Invitational with a split decision in the first rounds Thursday and Friday.
Claremore opened the tournament with a 47-45 loss to Prairie Grove and then stormed back to beat Charleston, 59-42.
The aggressive scoring of freshman forward Lauren Chancellor — 11 points against Prairie Grove and 13 points against Charleston — paced the Lady Zebras offensive attack.
Claremore built a 14-9 first quarter lead and then cruised to a 34-20 halftime lead Friday against Charleston.
Chancellor’s 12 points in the first half and the fierce defensive pressure of Brylee Brasher frustrated Charleston’s offense.
Second-year head coach Stephanie Shaw was able to utilize her depth as nine of the 13 players scored against Charleston.
Senior guard Morgan Johnson came off the bench in the first half to convert a pair of three-pointers and finished the game with seven points.
Claremore’s offense continued to roll in the second half behind the perimeter shooting of Monica Taylor and Karlie Robinson, who combined for 16 points on five treys.
Brasher and Kaleigh Cox also added six points each in the second half.