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.
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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