TULSA - It was a split decision for the Claremore Zebras at the Bishop Kelley Basketball Invitational on Saturday.
The Class 5A No.17 Claremore boys fell to 5A No. 19 Kelley, 60-55, in the consolation final, while the 5A No. 18 Lady Zebras cruised past 5A No. 16 Tulsa Memorial, 57-31, in the seventh-place game.
On Friday, the Claremore boys beat Class 3A No. 14 Lincoln Christian, 58-50, while the Claremore girls fell 55-42 against Class 5A No. 15 Tulsa Edison.
KELLEY 60, CLAREMORE 55 (B)
Caison Hartloff had a game-high 28 points for the Zebras (1-3). Jake Gendron finished with 20 points to pace the Comets (2-5).
Kelley took the lead for good with 11-consecutive points, starting with the final five in the third quarter and the first six of the final frame that made it 48-41 at the 5:37 mark.
Claremore continued to battle, though.
Hartloff's trey with 2:05 remaining cut the deficit to 54-53. The Comets, however, got the next six points.
Hartloff got the final bucket with just a few ticks left on the clock. He had a couple of good looks at 3-pointers in the final minute that just rimmed out, or it could have been a different story.
The Zebras held slim leads of 17-14 after the first period and 28-26 at the half. Nate Potts provided a lift as he scored 10 of his 13 points in the first half.
Claremore remained in front for most of the third quarter until Kelley took control late in the frame and sustained the momentum for the remainder of the contest.
CLAREMORE 57, MEMORIAL 31 (G)
The Lady Zebras (1-3) picked up their first victory of the season behind the trio of Hailey Grant, Cloe Dennis and Maddie Hardage.
They all finished in double figures, with Grant scoring a game-high 18 points. Dennis and Hardage had 13 and 12 points, respectively.
Nakya Blakely paced the Chargers (2-3) with 12 points.
Claremore built a 29-15 lead at the half. Memorial closed within 36-27 after three periods, but the Zebras dominated the final stanza.
EDISON 55, CLAREMORE 42 (G)
Grant had a game-high 23 points for the Lady Zebras. Taniya Tease and Mariah Smith finished with 15 points apiece for the Lady Eagles (2-2).
Edison was ahead 10-2 after the first period and extended to a 31-13 halftime advantage. Claremore battled back within 38-29 after the third quarter, but the Eagles were able to hang on in the final frame.