Ashlyn Glenn savored every moment of her final home game in a Claremore Lady Zebras uniform.
From the moment she was announced onto to the floor as the lone ‘Senior’ in the Lady Zebras starting lineup to her standing ovation as she left the floor with 0:59 remaining, Glenn stood in the spotlight and put on a shooting clinic.
Glenn tallied a season-high 25 points — including 20 in the first half — to lead the Class 5A No. 16 Lady Zebras past Pryor, 57-16 Tuesday night on Senior Night at the Claremore High School Gym.
The win improved the Lady Zebras to 12-9 overall and 9-2 in the Metro Lakes Conference. Claremore closes out the conference schedule at 6:30 p.m. on Friday at Tahlequah. A win over Tahlequah would give the Lady Zebras a share of the conference championship with Collinsville.
“Ashlyn was huge tonight. She was playing with something to prove and knowing this would be her last time to play in this gym, I can’t think of a better way for our only senior to go out than with a season (maybe a career high),” Lady Zebra head coach Stephanie Shaw said.
Glenn scored eight of the Lady Zebras’ first 16 points and finished with 20 of her team’s 32 points in the first half.
Relying on Glenn’s first-half scoring spree and a feisty defense — led by junior point guard Kaleigh Cox and junior forward Anna McGuire — the Lady Zebras held Pryor to 7 first-half points.
“Our defense was the best it’s been in a while. We had a ton of tips and steals which led to easy baskets,” Shaw said.
Coming out in the third quarter, the Lady Zebras outscored Pryor, 9-1, as McGuire’s baseline jumper from Cox extended Claremore’s lead to 37-8 with 2:32 remaining.
A penetrating layup from Tristin Reynolds and a 12-foot jumper by Glenn gave the Lady Zebras a comfortable 41-8 lead going into the fourth quarter.
“We asked our kids before the game how they were going to go out in their last home game this year, ‘what message they were going to send about playing us at home?’” Shaw said. “And I’d say they answered that question pretty well.”
Pryor reached double-digits with 7:17 left in the game as Ofy Chavoya converted the offensive putback to cut Claremore’s lead to 41-10.
Glenn’s final basket, however, came with 5:05 remaining in the fourth quarter on the give-and-go from freshman guard Monica Taylor to put Claremore up 45-14.
With Glenn scoring 25 points, Claremore also had an ‘unsung hero’ come off the bench to record a career-high for the Lady Zebras.
Morgan Johnson — a talented junior guard — made the most of her minutes with 13 points and four steals.
Johnson scored 10 of her 13 points in the second half as Claremore outscored Pryor, 25-9 after halftime.
“Morgan came in and shot the ball well tonight,” Shaw said. “She deserves a lot of credit because it’s a hard thing to do to wait for your opportunity and when you get it, to do something with it.”
Emily Osborne led Pryor with 6 points and Kelsie Kerns chipped in five.