Claremore Daily Progress


December 4, 2013

Battenfield, Hanslovan spark No. 4 Lady Cards past Sperry

VERDIGRIS — Fourth-ranked Verdigris shot nearly 50 percent and forced Sperry into 22 turnovers, finally pulling away for a 73-41 home opening victory Tuesday night in Class 3A girls basketball.

The 2-0 Cardinals placed four players in double figures and sank nine three-point hoops in securing a win that was still undecided until midway in the third quarter.

Freshman guard Keara Battenfield hit 6-of-7 field goals in scoring 15 points for the Cards followed by Caitlyn Hanslovan with 13 points, Baileigh O’Dell 11 and Courtney Risenhoover 10. Emily Neece topped Sperry with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Early pressure defense was effective for Verdigris in building a 17-3 lead. The Cardinals created seven first-period turnovers before the Pirates became more patient in the second quarter and got the ball inside. A 10-0 run cut the home team’s lead to 17-13 and Sperry made just one turnover in the second frame.

Kylie Barbee passed inside to Battenfield for a layup as the Cardinals’ lead reached 21-13 with three minutes remaining before halftime.

Barbee followed with a three-pointer from the left wing to make it a nine-point bulge and the gap remained 28-19 at the half.

One last surge saw Sperry come within 34-30 on a 25-foot bomb from Meghan Winford midway in the third quarter. Risenhoover converted inside and then passed to Battenfield for a layup to make it 38-30 and the heat was on for Sperry.

The Pirates committed eight turnovers in the third period and six more in the fourth.

Verdigris only turned the ball over three times in the second half.

A 16-2 run opened a 50-32 gap for the Cardinals heading into the fourth quarter.

Text Only
  • DSC_0344web.jpg ‘Lucky 7’ comes through in the 3rd

    Over the course of his four-year baseball career at Verdigris High School, third baseman Ryan Skalnik has had his share of memorable at-bats.
    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.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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.

    July 30, 2014

  • 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

  • FOOTBALL: Florida State tops Amway preseason coaches poll

    Defending national champion Florida State is ranked No. 1 in the preseason Amway coaches' poll.

    Florida State received 1,543 overall points and earned 56 of a possible 62 first-place votes in the poll, which was released Thursday. Alabama was second in the poll despite not receiving any first-place votes. Rounding out the top five were Oklahoma, Oregon and Auburn with the first-ever playoff looming at the end season.

    August 1, 2014

  • FOOTBALL: Tennessee enters preseason camp relying on newcomers

    Tennessee coach Butch Jones says he occasionally feels as though he's running an expansion team because the Volunteers have altered their roster so much since the end of last season.

    August 1, 2014

  • FOOTBALL: Nebraska to wear all-red uniforms against Illinois

    Nebraska and Adidas have announced that the Cornhuskers will wear all-red uniforms for their game against Illinois on Sept. 27.

    August 1, 2014

  • MLB: Escobar, Ventura spark Royals past Twins, 6-3

    The Kansas City Royals' clubhouse mood was somber after a 6-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins.

    Eric Hosmer will be going on disabled list after an X-ray revealed a displaced fracture of the third finger of his right hand.

    August 1, 2014

  • MLB: Pujols delivers RBI-single, Angels top Orioles in 13 innings

    A frustrating night for Albert Pujols had a delightful ending.

    Pujols hit an RBI single in the 13th inning, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Baltimore Orioles 1-0 Thursday to avert a three-game sweep.

    August 1, 2014

  • MLB: Arrieta pitches Cubs past Rockies 3-1

    Jake Arrieta did quite well without his best stuff.

    Arrieta struck out seven in seven innings, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 3-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Thursday.

    August 1, 2014

  • MLB: Taveras' 2-run HR lifts Cards past Padres 6-2

    It was an emotional day for Shelby Miller, who said goodbye to friend and teammate Joe Kelly and then went out and helped the St. Louis Cardinals rebound from their ugliest loss of the season.

    Miller and three relievers combined on a three-hitter, and Oscar Taveras hit a two-run homer for the St. Louis Cardinals, who beat the San Diego Padres 6-2 Thursday to avoid a three-game series sweep.

    August 1, 2014