Together everyone achieves more.
It took a total team effort from the Claremore Lady Zebras Tuesday night to blow out the Coweta Lady Tigers, 57-18 in Metro Lakes Conference play at the Claremore High School Gymnasium.
Fresh off a nail-biting 59-57 loss to Grove last Friday, the Lady Zebras bounced back with feisty defense to hold Coweta to six field goals in 32 minutes.
Sparked by tenacious play from senior point guard Kaleigh Cox and Monica Taylor in the backcourt, as well as dominating pressure from Lauren Chancellor, Anna McGuire and Bailey Steckline in the front court, Coweta’s offense never could find a rhythm against Claremore.
Claremore’s defense fueled the offense and allowed the Lady Zebras to jump out to a 9-1 lead after the first quarter.
Chancellor scored Claremore’s first five points in the opening quarter, and finished with seven on the night.
Claremore (2-1) built a 9-0 lead before Coweta’s Miranda Elliott converted a free throw with 1:03 remaining in the opening quarter.
After getting off to a sluggish start from the perimeter, Claremore answered with a pair of three pointers from McGuire and Taylor to extend the Claremore lead to 19-5 with 2:52 left in the first half.
Claremore outscored Coweta, 20-6 in the second quarter and carried a 29-7 lead into halftime.
Taylor, McGuire and Chancellor combined 21 of the Lady Zebras’ 29 points in the first 16 minutes.
Also, Claremore knocked down six treys, including two each from McGuire and Taylor.
McGuire’s second trey of the game put Claremore up 32-7 with 6:52 left in the third quarter. The long-range shot continued a 13-0 scoring that started with 1:03 left in the second quarter.
Both McGuire and Taylor scored 11 points on the night, followed by Chancellor with seven. Cox and Allison Howell also had six points apiece.
Brylie Brasher contributed off the bench with a short-range jumper from Cox that increased Claremore’s lead to 38-7.
Right before the end of the third quarter, Taylor knocked down her second trey and Morgan Johnson buried a three-pointer to push the Lady Zebras’ lead to 46-8.
Skylar Muncy capped the third quarter scoring with a steal and the layup that carried Claremore into the fourth quarter with a comfortable 48-8 lead.
Claremore’s offensive attack in the third quarter outscored Coweta, 19-1.
Throughout the second half, Claremore head coach Stephanie Shaw was able to utilize her bench, allowing her starters to rest.
Senior guard Alex Crews came off the bench in the fourth quarter to bury a three-pointer, putting Claremore up 55-12 with 2:30 left in the game.
Together everyone achieves more.
‘Team behind the Team’
For the second-straight year, the Claremore Zebra student training staff will be represented in the Oklahoma Coaches All-State games held in Tulsa.
Meranda Golbek and Sarah Szcinski, a pair of 2014 Claremore High School graduates, earned All-State honors for their athletic training careers and will join two other student trainers from Jenks and Stillwater High School on the East squad.
Claremore QB Club holds Fish Fry Aug. 2
The Claremore Zebra Quarterback Club will hold its annual Fish Fry fundraiser on Aug. 2 at the Claremore High School cafeteria.
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Lost Red Sox title ring returned by Yankees fan
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MLB: First-place Dodgers complete sweep of Giants
Manager Don Mattingly hardly considers a late-July sweep in San Francisco a turning point to put his Dodgers in the driver's seat atop the NL West.
Yet coming off consecutive series losses at St. Louis and Pittsburgh, Los Angeles needed some sort of spark as August approaches. The Dodgers found it in the ballpark of their biggest rival, and left the Bay Area in first place following an emphatic three-game swing.
Carl Crawford hit an RBI triple to back Hyun-Jin Ryu's third straight victory, and division-leading Los Angeles beat the Giants 4-3 Sunday night to establish some momentum behind their pitching and offense.
NBA: Lakers set on hiring Byron Scott for new coach
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Scott said this weekend that he has been hired by the Lakers, but the club insisted Sunday that no deal has been reached.
NASCAR: Jeff Gordon claims fifth Brickyard 400 title
With a tinge of gray hair at his temples, his hat on backward and his two young children by his side, Jeff Gordon celebrated as if he was 23 years old again.
Gordon won a NASCAR-record fifth Brickyard 400 on Sunday, eight days before his 43rd birthday and on the weekend Indianapolis Motor Speedway celebrated the 20th anniversary of his first Brickyard victory.
MLB: Thomas, Torre highlight HOF class
Frank Thomas choked back tears, Joe Torre apologized for leaving people out of his speech and Tony La Russa said he felt uneasy.
Being enshrined in the Hall of Fame can have those effects, even on the greats.
Thomas, pitchers Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux, and managers Bobby Cox, Torre and La Russa were inducted into the baseball shrine Sunday, and all paid special tribute to their families before an adoring crowd of nearly 50,000.
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The Three Rivers Bandits seem to be getting hot when they need to be, heading into next week’s state tournament.
The Bartlesville Indians were victims of the heat as the Bandits swept a doubleheader from them, 2-0 and then 9-2, on Saturday at Connors State College for their eighth straight win.
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