Claremore senior forward Ashlyn Glenn put the Lady Zebras on her shoulders Tuesday night and erupted with 16 second-half points in a 53-39 win over the Pryor Lady Tigers at the Burdick Center.
Glenn, who missed the Lady Zebras’ game against Bartlesville last Friday due to a death in the family, nearly outscored the Lady Tigers by herself in the final 16 minutes.
The strong leadership of Claremore’s lone senior proved ‘big’ down the stretch as the Lady Zebras improved to 5-5 overall and 4-1 in the Metro Lakes Conference.
According to Lady Zebras head coach Stephanie Shaw, “Ashlyn was huge for us in the second half. She was aggressive defensively and got some steals that led to layups.
“She’s finally starting to look for her shot, too.”
The Lady Zebras clung to a 21-15 halftime lead, before Glenn started to take charge.
Glenn’s short-range jumper — her first points of the game — with 1:59 left in the third quarter put the Lady Zebras ahead 27-23.
Pryor answered on the ensuing possession with Jaclyn True knocking down a 10-foot shot to narrow the gap to 27-25.
After Bailey Steckline converted 1-of-2 free throws and Monica Taylor drained the jump shot, the Lady Zebras extended their lead to 30-25 with 1:09 left in the third quarter.
Shaw said that her team’s energy showed with their intensity on defense.
Glenn’s steal and transition layup put the Lady Zebras ahead for good at 32-27 with under a minute left in the third quarter.
Glenn tallied four of the Lady Zebras’ 11 points in that quarter.
Taylor also had six points in the quarter as the Lady Zebras carried a 34-27 lead into the fourth quarter.
Coming out early in the game, though, Pryor stayed on the heels of the Lady Zebras and got offensive production from Tishena Montoya, who had five of the Lady Tigers’ 15 points before halftime.
Back-to-back baskets by Glenn to open the fourth quarter stretched the Lady Zebras’ lead to 38-31.
A 12-foot jumper by Kaleigh Cox, who finished with 11 points, increased the lead to 40-32 for the Lady Zebras.
The deficit grew to double-digits as Cherokee Gott knocked down the baseline jumper from Anna McGuire to give Claremore a 47-34 cushion.
Offensively, Shaw said, “she didn’t the Lady Zebras shot the ball well, which is crazy because we put up the most points that we have all year.”
However, their lack of shooting consistency was enhanced by the way the Lady Zebras crashed the boards and got second-chance opportunities.
Glenn’s 16 points led the Lady Zebras offense, which outscored Pryor, 32-24 in the final two quarters.
“We knew that Pryor would give us their best game and make us earn every point,” Glenn said.
“Early, my shot wasn’t falling, and Coach (Stephanie) Shaw told me the best way to overcome bad shooting was to shoot more and get my confidence back.”
Being the only senior, Glenn said she doesn’t feel pressured into team’s leader.
“I have two juniors (Kaleigh and Anna) by my side to help me and lift everyone else up. They are my seniors,” Glenn said.
Freshman guard Kelsi Kerns led the Lady Tigers with 12 points and Montoya added 7.
“Overall, I thought we finally got into a defensive rhythm which is when we’re at our best, forcing people into turnovers and not giving them second chance points,” Shaw said.
Tigers 76, Zebras 49
Daniel Frailey scored a team-high 21 points and Robert Ross knocked down 20 to ignite the Pryor Tigers past the Claremore Zebras, 76-49 in Metro Lakes Conference play at the Burdick Center.
Frailey and Ross were two of three Tigers to score in double figures Tuesday night. Chase Ross also contributed with 12 points.
The loss to Pryor was the Zebras’ 10th-straight, dropping Claremore to 0-10 on the season and 0-5 in conference.
Pryor’s outside shooting by Robert Ross in the first quarter put the Tigers ahead 20-8.
Robert Ross drained a pair of treys in the quarter, and Brice Daniels added six points in the paint as the two Tigers combined for 14 of the Tigers’ 20 points.
Though Pryor was balanced in its scoring, Claremore senior guard Brett Russell stole the show with a game-high 32 points.
Russell had 15 of the Zebras’ 20 points in the first half and also finished the night with seven treys.
Robert Ross stayed consistent in the second quarter and scored 15 of his 20 points to put the Tigers ahead 40-20 at halftime.
Pryor’s lead grew to 58-40 at the end of the third quarter.
Along with Russell, Claremore junior forward Hunter Garroutte tallied eight points and Reid Joyner chipped in four.
Claremore’s Daniel Lauer also contributed with two points in the final two minutes of action.
Claremore’s starting lineup of Russell, Garroutte, Joyner and twins Darrius and Dontre Murphy played 29 of the 32 minutes.
Offensively, the Tigers also got scoring help from Zac Baumert with 7 points and Ryan Ogg with 6.
On the night, the Tigers converted 15 points from the perimeter and 41 in the paint.