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.
3A AREA PLAYOFFS: Verdigris battles Tahlequah Sequoyah in Checotah
Verdigris senior guard Caitlyn Hanslovan drained two key 3-pointers during Saturday’s Class 3A Regional Finals that provided a spark and a huge win over Vian.
Hanslovan, who is accustomed to winning state championships in soccer, will look to move the No. 3-ranked Lady Cardinals one step closer toward a berth in the 3A State Tournament at 6:30 p.m. on Friday in the area finals against Tahlequah Sequoyah at Checotah High School.
Catoosa HS set to host Class 6A Girls Area; 5A Boys Area tourneys
For high school basketball enthusiasts in Rogers County, Catoosa High School is the place to be on Thursday and Friday.
Catoosa High School will host the Class 6A Girls Area and Class 5A Boys Area over the two-day period.
Class 3A Regional Champions
It’s takes two to tango and the Verdigris basketball teams are dancing their way to the Class 3A Area Finals.
With a state tournament berth on the line Friday night, both Verdigris teams return to a familiar place on the road to state in Oklahoma City.
The Class 3A No. 3-ranked Lady Cardinals waltzed past Vian, 58-46 and the No. 4-ranked Cardinals decked Eufaula, 66-53 to cap off the regional championship night Saturday inside the Jack Collins Fieldhouse.
Claremore set to host 4A Area Basketball Tournament
Claremore High School will be a busy place Thursday through Saturday with several of the state’s top Class 4A basketball teams competing in the area tournament.
West Virginia, Baylor top Big 12 Women's BB Tourney
It took West Virginia two years to make a splash in the Big 12.
The seventh-ranked Mountaineers earned a share of the regular-season title in their second year in the league and take a 10-game win streak into the conference tournament that starts Friday at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
BIG 12 MBB: No. 16 Iowa State looks to close with win over Oklahoma State
Iowa State is more than ready for the postseason after playing 17 games in the nation's most grueling conference.
Still, the Cyclones wouldn't mind picking up a little momentum before heading to the Big 12 tournament and beyond.
No. 16 Iowa State (22-7, 10-7 Big 12) has dropped its last two games, road losses to Kansas State and Baylor, after going 7-1 in February.
NBA CAPSULES: Duncan paces Spurs past Heat
Tim Duncan had 23 points and 11 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs never trailed against the Miami Heat, weathering a sluggish third quarter for an intense and emotional 111-87 victory Thursday.
MLB: Hill arrives at Red Sox camp following son's death
Red Sox pitcher Rich Hill starts spring training with a heavy heart.
Hill reported to Boston's camp on Thursday following the death of son Brooks, who was less than 2 months old when he died on Feb. 24.
Sports medicine pioneer Frank Jobe dies at 88
Dr. Frank Jobe, a pioneering orthopedic surgeon who was the first to perform an elbow procedure that became known as Tommy John surgery and saved the careers of countless major league pitchers, died Thursday. He was 88.
AP Source: 10-second rule withdrawn by committee
Round one of the pace-of-play debate goes to the proponents of fast football.
The NCAA football rules committee tabled a proposal Wednesday that would have penalized offenses for snapping the ball before 10 seconds had run off the 40-second play clock, The Associated Press has learned.
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