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.
Hrdlicka, Teter pour ‘heart’ into Zebra soccer program
For the past four years, Claremore High School seniors Katelin Teter and Nick Hrdlicka have represented the ‘heart and soul’ of the Lady Zebra and Zebra soccer programs.
The soccer duo will join seven other seniors on Friday night for Homecoming against Collinsville at Lantow Field.
9 straight for Lady Zebras
Claremore sophomore forward Bailey Steckline got the ‘hat-trick’ plus one Tuesday night in the Lady Zebras’ 10-0 win over Tulsa Memorial at LaFortune Stadium.
Steckline tallied two goals in the first half, and added two more in the second to complete her impressive night.
Tulsa Memorial holds off Zebras, 2-1
Tulsa Memorial scored a pair of first-half goals to steal the momentum away from the Claremore Zebras, as well as the 2-1 win Tuesday night in Metro Lakes Conference action at LaFortune Stadium.
BASEBALL: Whatley, Howe power Zebras past Tahlequah
Claremore’s Matt Whatley has proven over the past four years that he’s one of the toughest outs in the Metro Lakes Conference.
On Tuesday, Whatley went 3-for-4 with two singles and a triple while sparking the Zebras to a 12-2 win over Tahlequah in five innings at American Legion Park.
BASEBALL: Dewey takes pair from Sequoyah
It’s very difficult to win when you can’t score.
Class 4A third-ranked Dewey blanked homestanding Sequoyah 7-0 and 2-0 in a district doubleheader on Tuesday, improving to 21-3 with a dominating two-hit pitching performance in the opener and a four-hitter in the nightcap.
SOCCER: Sequoyah topples No. 15 Catoosa, 1-0
Sequoyah boys soccer coach Bob Campbell had one phrase to sum up his feelings following the Eagles’ game with 15th ranked Catoosa at home Tuesday night.
“We’re in the driver’s seat.’’
Alex Bourgeois scored late in the first half and Sequoyah made it stand up for a 1-0 victory over the Indians in a showdown for the district lead.
Jackson sprints Zebras to 1st place at OBU Relays
Claremore senior sprinter Tyler Jackson felt the need for speed Wednesday afternoon at the Oklahoma Baptist University High School Invitational.
Jackson notched a pair of first-place victories in the 200-meter dash and the 400-meter dash to help Claremore earn 130 points for top honors.
BASEBALL: Arkansas Tech roughs up ‘Cats
The Rogers State University baseball team had a disappointing finish in its home finale as No. 12-ranked Arkansas Tech blanked the Hillcats 11-0 Tuesday evening in non-conference action from the Diamond Sports Complex.
BASEBALL: Southwest Baptist slips past NSU, 5-3
The Northeastern State baseball team lost 5-3 to Southwest Baptist Thursday afternoon at Dobson Field.
The RiverHawks (19-22, 15-18 MIAA) held a 3-0 lead early in the contest, but a late rally from the Bearcats (23-18, 19-13 MIAA) and costly errors from the visitors allowed the home team to secure the series-opening triumph.
WOMEN'S TENNIS: Conference champion NSU lands top seed in MIAA tourney
The No. 31-ranked Northeastern State women's tennis team has drawn the top seed in the 2014 MIAA Women's Tennis Championship, the league announced Thursday morning.
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