One step at a time, great things happen.
Three games into the season, that remains to be the philosophy of the Claremore Zebras.
Despite losing their second-straight Metro Lakes Conference game Tuesday night, the Zebras continue to show positive signs of playing with a ‘never-say-die’ attitude.
Though Coweta came away with the 70-55 victory, the Zebras continue to build a foundation that hopefully pays large dividends down the stretch of their season.
Claremore (1-2) stayed on the heels of Coweta in the first quarter and trailed 24-16.
T.J. Wood’s three-pointer with 2:42 left in the opening quarter cut Coweta’s lead to 14-12.
Two plays later, Hutch Helbig knocked down a 10-foot jumper that once again cut into Coweta’s lead at 16-14.
A three-pointer and 12-foot jumper by Coweta’s DeVante McCool increased the Tigers’ lead to 21-14 with 1:09 remaining.
Caleb Norris’ three-pointer — his second in the first quarter — pushed the margin to 24-14 in favor of Coweta.
Norris and the inside presence of Cagney Roberson took over in the second quarter as Coweta outscored Claremore, 14-9, and carried a 38-25 lead into halftime.
Norris and Roberson combined for 19 points in the first half — 15 of those coming on four treys and a 3-of-4 free throw performance by Norris.
Reid Joyner teamed with Truman Burrage to score 16 of Claremore’s 25 points in the first 16 minutes.
Joyner had 10 points in the opening half — six coming in the second quarter to keep Claremore within reach of Coweta.
Roberson’s third-quarter scoring spree allowed Coweta to build a 48-30 lead with 4:59 remaining.
Back-to-back jumpers from Helbig and Jeff Oxford’s driving layup cut into Coweta’s lead at 54-41 with 2:16 left.
Oxford continued to be Claremore’s offense in the third quarter with a 10-foot jumper that brought Coweta’s lead to 59-43.
On the night, Oxford led Claremore with 14 points while Joyner added 12 and Wood contributed with 11. Helbig also finished with eight points.
Norris led Coweta with 21 points.
One step at a time, great things happen.
'Twice as Nice'
When it comes to the 3A State Tournament and Oklahoma City, the Verdigris High School basketball teams are a household name.
Head coaches Randy Upshaw and Mike Buntin lead their programs back to the 'Capitol City' this week for a chance to hoist the coveted 3A state championship on Saturday night at the Big House.
‘Soaring to State’
In the hometown of Carrie Underwood, Verdigris senior point guard Baileigh O’Dell proved to be Oklahoma’s ‘Basketball Idol’ in Class 3A Girls Basketball.
The 5-foot-8 floor general put the No. 4-ranked Lady Cardinals on her shoulders and carried Verdigris back to the the state tournament with the 53-40 win over No. 5 Tahlequah Sequoyah Friday night in the Area Championship at the Checotah Event Center.
3A AREA PLAYOFFS: Tahlequah Sequoyah wins nail-biter over No. 4 Verdigris
The Tahlequah Sequoyah Indians pulled the upset Friday night and punched their ticket to the Class 3A State Tournament.
Behind Caisen Green’s game-high 26 points and B.J. Leach’s 16 points, the Indians roared past No. 4 Verdigris, 64-55 in the Area Championship at the Checotah Event Center.
4A AREA PLAYOFFS: Stilwell eliminates Inola
The Inola Longhorns got behind early and never could recover as Stilwell rolled to a 73-47 win in the Class 4A Area Tournament Friday afternoon at Claremore High School Gymnasium.
4A AREA PLAYOFFS: Inola knocks out Locust Grove
The Inola Lady Longhorns moved one win closer to punching their ticket to the Class 4A State Tournament Friday afternoon.
With the 37-35 win over Locust Grove, the Lady Longhorns advanced to the Area Finals Saturday night against Vinita.
High School Basketball State Tournament Brackets
The Oklahoma High School Basketball State Tournaments will get under way this week in Oklahoma City and the Tulsa-Metro Area.
Below is a listing of the Class 3A-6A State Tournament Pairings.
Arkansas fires women's basketball coach Tom Collen
Arkansas fired women's basketball coach Tom Collen on Friday, bringing a close to a disappointing stretch for the program.
The Razorbacks (19-11) lost in the first round of the Southeastern Conference tournament to Mississippi on Wednesday, the eighth time in nine seasons they've failed to advance past the opening game.
SEC MBB: Alabama snaps Arkansas' 6-game win streak
Trevor Releford scored 24 points and Shannon Hale added 18 to lead Alabama to an 83-58 victory over Arkansas on Saturday, snapping the Razorbacks' six-game winning streak.
SEC MBB: Tennessee trounces Missouri, 72-45
Antonio Barton scored 16 points and Jarnell Stokes had a double-double Saturday as Tennessee trounced Missouri 72-45 to win its fourth straight game and boost its NCAA tournament hopes.
BIG 12 MBB: Crockett leads Texas Tech past Texas
Jaye Crockett scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Texas Tech to a 59-53 win over Texas in a regular-season finale on Saturday.
This was the Red Raiders' (14-17, 6-12 Big 12) first win over the Longhorns (22-9, 11-7) since 2008 in Lubbock.
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