Sloppy, yet victorious for the Claremore Lady Zebras.
Behind Lauren Chancellor’s game-high 15 points and Kaleigh Cox’s 10, the Lady Zebras whipped Pryor, 51-27 Friday night in Metro Lakes Conference play at the Burdick Center.
With the win, the Lady Zebras improved to 6-2 overall and 4-1 in conference.
Both teams showed an inability to set any offensive momentum in the first half, as the first quarter ended in a 6-6 tie, and the Lady Zebras carrying a 19-10 lead into halftime.
Claremore, though, pulled away in the second half and took advantage of Pryor’s poor ball-handling.
Morgan Johnson’s wide-open three-pointer off the assist from Cox increased Claremore’s lead to 26-14 with 3:50 left in the third quarter.
After a Pryor layup made it 26-16, the Lady Zebras closed out the third quarter on a 10-0 run.
Chancellor and Cox combined for eight of the 10 points during a three-minute stretch to push Claremore’s lead to 36-16 going into the fourth quarter.
Along with Chancellor and Cox, Monica Taylor buried three three-pointers for nine points and Anna McGuire added five points.
Hunter Gilstrap led Pryor with seven points.
In the night-cap, Pryor overcame a 23-21 halftime deficit to outlast the Zebras, 55-50.
Claremore’s Truman Burrage had a pair of three-point opportunities in the closing seconds rim out, and Pryor answered with two free throws to seal the five-point victory.
Jeff Oxford and T.J. Wood sparked the Zebras with 13 and 12 points, respectively. Burrage also contributed with nine points on three treys.
A pair of treys by Burrage in the fourth quarter gave Claremore a 46-42 with 6:06 remaining.
Pryor, though, relied heavily on the inside presence of Spencer Henson, who finished with 13 second-half points.
Henson scored 11 of his 13 in the third quarter to help Pryor even the margin at 40-40 going into the final eight minutes.
Tyler Arnold led Pryor with 14 points, while Robert Ross added 12 and Ryan Ogg finished with 10.
Sloppy, yet victorious for the Claremore Lady Zebras.
‘Lucky 7’ comes through in the 3rd
None more important than Tuesday’s appearance in the Large School East-West All-State Game at J.L. Johnson Stadium in Tulsa.
Skalnik, who was the lone senior this season for Verdigris and a four-time Class 3A state champion, thrived under pressure in the top of the third inning for the East.
BASEBALL: Larue, Skalnik power East to 3-0 victory
The East blanked the West 3-0 in the Large School All-State Baseball Game Tuesday night at J. L. Johnson Stadium on the campus of Oral Roberts University.
Claremore catcher Matt Whatley and third baseman Ryan Skalnik of Verdigris represented Rogers County in the contest.
Skalnik finished 1-for-3 with a pair of RBI's. Whatley was 0-for-1 with a walk.
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.
RSU places 77 student-athletes on Heartland Conference Academic All-Conference Honor Roll
The Heartland Conference announced that more than 1000 student-athletes from its 12 member institutions landed a spot on the Academic All-Conference honor roll, including 77 from Rogers State.
The Hillcats had 33 student-athletes named to the President's Honor Roll while 44 earned Commissioner's Honor Roll recognition.
Indoor football coming back to Enid?
Is Enid ready to give professional arena football another try? Oklahoma City businessman Antwone Taulton and Enid Enforcers owner Mark Timberlake think so, and are in the early stages of a plan they hope will see the return of arena football in 2015 to Enid after an absence of more than 10 years. And if things progress as one league executive expects, an official announcement could be forthcoming in the near future.
OU holds Mixon out of practice, investigation continues
Preseason practice begins for Oklahoma today, but freshman running back Joe Mixon will not be there, the school announced Wednesday night.
The university, in its statement, said “Joe Mixon is not reporting for team activities at this time. We will continue to monitor the situation.”
Ticket options available for Arkansas women's basketball
The excitement surrounding head coach Jimmy Dykes and the 2014-15 University of Arkansas women’s basketball season is building every day in Northwest Arkansas.
As the excitement builds, the Razorback Ticket Center has announced the availability of women’s basketball season ticket plans including several new options for this season. Tickets go on sale beginning today and can be purchased online at ArkansasRazorbacks.com or by calling the Razorback Ticket Center at 800-982-4647. Current season ticket holders will receive renewal forms in the mail the first week of August.
Ex-OSU baseball players Oliver, Hague on new paths in All-Star season
Matt Hague has transitioned to being a power hitter and Andy Oliver has evolved into a shutdown closer.
The former Oklahoma State players were both named International League All-Stars after reinventing themselves this season with the Indianapolis Indians, the Triple-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Ex-Sooner Courtney Paris finding niche with Shock
It looked like it came easily to Courtney Paris. The minute she stepped foot on the campus at the University of Oklahoma in 2005, it seemed she was already an All-American and destroying the competition in the Big 12 and across the nation.
MLB: Keuchel tosses 4-hitter, Astros roll past A's
In at least one category, Dallas Keuchel is Clayton Kershaw's equal. For at least one three-game series, Houston was better than Oakland.
Keuchel pitched a four-hitter and Robbie Grossman homered to cap a six-run first inning that sent the Astros past the Athletics 8-1 Wednesday.
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