Claremore Daily Progress

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March 2, 2014

Road to State ends for Lady Zebras

Claremore’s McGuire closes out career with 14 points

BARTLESVILLE — The tears rolling down the cheeks of Claremore seniors Anna McGuire and Kaleigh Cox only meant one thing — a basketball legacy dating back to the sixth grade — had come to a bitter-sweet ending in Bartlesville.

McGuire’s team-high 14 points was overshadowed by Sapulpa’s Bryce Calip, who literally stole the spotlight and rallied the Lady Chieftans to a 54-35 victory in the opening round of the Class 6A regional tournament.

Calip scored a game-high 26 points — including 18 in the second half — to help Sapulpa eliminate the Lady Zebras.

Claremore (16-6) trailed 16-8 in the first quarter and 26-19 at halftime.

McGuire kept Claremore in the game early with nine first-half points.

Lauren Chancellor’s 3-pointer with 2:45 remaining in the first quarter cut Sapulpa’s lead to 10-6.

A driving baseline jumper by McGuire with 2:16 left narrowed the gap to 12-8.

But, the quickness of Calip in transition paid off down the stretch for Sapulpa.

The Lady Zebras, under second-year head coach Stephanie Shaw, missed several timely layups in the first half that allowed Sapulpa to capitalize on.

A short 10-foot jumper by Bailey Mader pushed Sapulpa’s lead to double-digits at 18-8 to open the second quarter.

McGuire, though, buried a 3-pointer with 4:46 remaining in the first half to cut the deficit to 20-12.

Chancellor followed with a 3-pointer to make it 22-15.

Sapulpa’s tenacious defense held Claremore’s 4-year starting point guard (Kaleigh) Cox without a field goal in the game and only four points.

Also, Claremore’s inability to convert free throws led to Sapulpa’s strong second-half performance.

The Lady Zebras finished 10-of-20 from the free throw line, including 8-of-13 in the fourth quarter.

Along with McGuire, Chancellor finished in double figures with 12 points.

Keysha Streater joined Calip in double figures with 11 points.

Sapulpa faced Bartlesville in the regional finals Saturday night.

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