Claremore Daily Progress


February 15, 2014

Cards rout Inola 98-80

Upshaw tallies game-high 27 points

INOLA — There was no denying Thursday night that the Verdigris Cardinals had no plans of sharing their Will Rogers Conference Championship.

Behind Cade Upshaw’s game-high 27 points and the accurate 3-point shooting of freshman forward Brewster Peacock, the Class 3A No. 4 Cardinals swarmed over Inola, 98-80.

The win guaranteed Verdigris heads into the district tournament this week as the Will Rogers Conference champions and the No. 1-seed against Metro Christian.

Upshaw scored 15 of his 27 points in the first half, and got help from Laef Payne and Peacock with a combined 25 points to help Verdigris jump out to a 52-37 halftime lead.

Upshaw and Payne scored 23 of Verdigris’ first 25 points in the opening quarter.

Inola kept the game close, until Payne’s ability to drive the lane for a pair of layups and his 3-pointer with 0:42 remaining made it 23-18 in favor of Verdigris.

Inola senior point guard Travis Hall capped the first quarter scoring with a transition layup to narrow the gap to 25-20.

Verdigris, however, wasted little time in the second quarter to set the tone, as Peacock scored 10 points on a pair of 3-pointers and Upshaw and Payne combined for 11 points.

Aaron Davis’ 3-pointer cut the Verdigris lead to 29-28 with 6:02 remaining in the first half.

But, Peacock’s 3-pointer with 3:51 remaining ignited an 18-0 run by the Cardinals that increased Verdigris’ lead to 49-32. During that scoring stretch, Ryan Skalnik and Payne also knocked down 3-pointers for Verdigris.

Peacock’s second 3-pointer in the first half carried the Cardinals into halftime with a 52-37 lead.

Upshaw and Payne tallied 15 points each in the first half, and Peacock had 10.  Tyler Monroe also contributed with seven, while Skalnik added three and Paul Hollon had two.

Davis highlighted Inola’s first-half scoring with 13 points and Casey Gill added eight.

Hall, who was held to four points in the first half, helped rally Inola in the second half with 21 of his 25 points. Hall knocked down three treys in the second half, and got Inola within Verdigris at 76-65 with 6:27 remaining in the game.

Verdigris outscored Inola, 46-43 in the second half.

Along with Upshaw, Peacock had 22 points and Payne finished with 19. Monroe also contributed in double figures with 13.

For Inola, Hall had 25 points, followed by Davis with 15 and Taylor Mootry with 11.


Text Only
  • DSC_0111web.jpg ‘Team behind the Team’

    For the second-straight year, the Claremore Zebra student training staff will be represented in the Oklahoma Coaches All-State games held in Tulsa.
    Meranda Golbek and Sarah Szcinski, a pair of 2014 Claremore High School graduates, earned All-State honors for their athletic training careers and will join two other student trainers from Jenks and Stillwater High School on the East squad.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • FISHFRYweb.jpg Claremore QB Club holds Fish Fry Aug. 2

    The Claremore Zebra Quarterback Club will hold its annual Fish Fry fundraiser on Aug. 2 at the Claremore High School cafeteria.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • MLB: Yankees cruise to 6th win in last 7 games

    Brandon McCarthy threw six more solid innings, fellow newcomer Chase Headley delivered another timely hit and the New York Yankees beat the Texas Rangers 4-2 Thursday for their sixth win in seven games.

    July 24, 2014

  • OU men's basketball honored for academic excellence

    The University of Oklahoma men's basketball program was recognized by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Wednesday with the organization's Team Academic Excellence Award.

    July 24, 2014

  • Tulsa begins new era in American Athletic Conference

    Not entirely unlike the nation that provides its namesake, the American Athletic Conference was born from an ideal in which members with ambitious goals are provided with the means to succeed in their quests for excellence.
    After nine seasons as a member of Conference USA, The University of Tulsa’s begins its’ membership in the American Athletic Conference today –– July 1, 2014.

    July 24, 2014

  • 2 Texas football players charged with sexual assault

    Two University of Texas football players were arrested and charged Thursday with felony sexual assault after a female student said she was raped in a campus dorm room last month.

    July 24, 2014

  • Mack Brown to serve as ABC College Football analyst

    Former Texas coach Mack Brown will serve as a studio analyst for college football games on ABC.

    Brown stepped down in December after 16 years with the Longhorns, winning the national title after the 2005 season.

    July 24, 2014

  • Auburn QB Marshall pays fine for marijuana

    Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall has paid the fines for possession of a small amount of marijuana and a window tint violation.

    July 24, 2014

  • NBA: Mavericks cut Rashard Lewis, add Aminu

    The Dallas Mavericks have reached a deal with free-agent forward Al-Farouq Aminu after scrapping a contract with Rashard Lewis because of a knee problem.

    July 24, 2014

  • NBA: T-Wolves weighing options with Kevin Love

    The summer of LeBron has quickly turned into the summer of Love. When it ends is anybody's guess.

    The Minnesota Timberwolves are weighing their options when it comes to trading All-Star Kevin Love, with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls both trying to land the versatile forward. But any talks are complicated by an NBA rule that requires a 30-day waiting period to trade any rookie that signs his contract.

    July 24, 2014