TAHLEQUAH — Having your leading scorer on the bench with an injury is one way to force other players to step up their production.

Such was the case for Claremore's Lady Zebras Monday night. Enter Logan Froese and Erica Johnson.

Froese scored 20 points and Johnson tossed in 19 to lead Claremore to a 62-31 Metro Lakes Conference high school basketball win.

In the boys game, Andrew Rounds poured in 40 points and Brent Wilson added 26 as the Zebras ran to a 96-79 win.

Claremore will be on the road again Tuesday night at Tulsa Kelley.

Girls

With leading scorer Hayley KnifeChief sitting on the bench with a wrist sprain, Logan Froese and Johnson went to work on the Lady Tigers defense. The pair scored all 14 of Claremore's first-quarter points to help the Lady Zebras to a 14-8 lead. The two also had 27 points at the half as the team opened up a 29-14 advantage.

Audra Skimbo, scoreless in the first two quarters, then scored eight of her 12 points in the third quarter and CHS (11-4, 5-2 Metro Lakes) led 52-22 heading into the final eight minutes.

Nikki Girdner led Tahlequah with 18 points.

KnifeChief's return date in not known. She was hurt during Saturday night's 57-48 win over Bixby.

"We shot 63 percent from the field. Seventy percent from two-point, and 46 percent from three point," said CHS coach Mark Campbell. "We did a great job of getting the ball to the post and they were finishing. They did a good job taking up the slack of Hayley being out."

On Saturday night, the Lady Zebras won at home over Bixby, 57-48. A night earlier at Coweta, the Lady Tigers handed the Lady Zebras a 69-51 loss.



Boys

Rounds continued to pace the offense as the Zebras (8-7, 5-2) won their fourth game in five. The two losses (to Grove and Bixby) were by a combined four points.

"We played well offensively but we could have done better defensively," said CHS coach Lance Bennett. "We executed our offensive plan by getting the ball inside. That helped to open up the outside game."

Rounds had 10 points in the first quarter as Claremore clung to a 17-14 lead. Chris Bottoms scored six of his 15 points in the second quarter and Claremore's held a 34-30 halftime edge.

The third quarter belonged to Wilson and Rounds. Wilson scored 13 points and Rounds 10 to lead the Zebras to a 62-54 lead after three quarters.

Bottoms pulled down 15 rebounds and handed out six assists for CHS. Wilson had 10 rebounds.

On Friday night, the Zebras survived Coweta, 73-72. On Saturday, Bixby came from behind to defeat CHS, 59-56.











CLAREMORE 96, TAHLEQUAH 79

Boys

Claremore 17 17 28 34 — 96

Tahlequah 14 16 23 26 — 79

Claremore — Rounds 40, Wilson 26, Bottoms 15, Riley 8, Grubb 3, Sanders 2, James 2.

Tahlequah — Qualls 28, Tyner 27, Shankle 9, Espinal 5, Nelson 4, Todd 2, Taylor 2, Cook 2.



CLAREMORE 62, TAHLEQUAH 31

Girls

Claremore 14 15 23 10 — 62

Tahlequah 8 6 8 9 — 31

Claremore — Logan Froese 20, Johnson 19, Skimbo 12, Lauren Froese 5, Milone 4, Barnoski 2.

Tahlequah — Girdner 18, Bowin 4, Clinton 3, Atkins 2, Hamilton 2, Hix 2.