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.