COLLINSVILLE — With 1:40 remaining in regulation and Claremore trailing by five, Kylee Ohman found herself in an unfamiliar situation.
Late-game heroics are usually reserved for senior Hailey Grant, but she laid helpless at midcourt after recording a steal. Ohman just happened to be in the right place at the right time.
Grant tossed the ball to the sophomore, who gently laid it off the glass and into the basket moments later while getting fouled.
Ohman made the ensuing free throw, and the Lady Zebras used the momentum from that three-point play to force overtime and eventually escape with a 42-40 win over Collinsville on Friday night.
“I’ve never really been put in a situation like that, so it was kind of nerve-racking,” said Ohman, who finished with 4 points and a rebound. “For me to be up there at the line, I was just really nervous and kind of shaky.
“When all my teammates are telling me, ‘We need this, we need this’, I was like, ‘OK, you have to make this, you can’t miss.’ I got a better mindset, and it gave me confidence.”
Claremore, which averaged about 53.3 points in its previous four games, trailed 28-17 heading into the fourth period and was still down 34-24 halfway through the frame after a 3-pointer from Collinsville sophomore Segen Henley.
That is when the comeback began.
The Lady Zebras (10-9) closed the quarter with a 10-0 run that included a 3-pointer from Cloe Dennis, Ohman’s three-point play and four free throws from Grant.
The trio then capped its 15-unanswered scoring spree with the first five points of the four-minute overtime period to give Claremore a 39-34 lead. The Lady Zebras outscored the Lady Cardinals 25-6 in the final 12 minutes, including overtime.
As per usual, Grant was the stat-sheet leader for Claremore, scoring 16 of her 24 points in the second half, including 12 in the fourth quarter and overtime. Dennis tallied 5 points and a rebound.
Maddie Hardage, a senior who finished with 9 points and 7 rebounds, scored the first four points of the fourth period to bring the Lady Zebras within seven at 28-21.
Claremore also turned up the defensive intensity down the stretch, forcing eight turnovers in the fourth and overtime periods. One of those takeaways—a five-second inbounding violation—was unforced and led to Grant’s game-tying free throws in the waning moments.
The Lady Zebras’ ball security improved as well, committing only four turnovers in the final 20 minutes after losing possession eight times in the first half.
“We just didn’t want to lose,” Ohman said. “Rankings are getting really tight right now, and we needed to win that game. We don’t want to be playing the best 5A team in the first round of the playoffs. We all just kind of made a pact to play the hardest we could in the fourth quarter.”
Collinsville regained the lead in overtime at 40-39 thanks to consecutive 3-pointers from Abbey Stamper and Henley, but Grant answered with a trio of free throws to secure the win.
The Lady Cardinals (4-14) had 3.2 seconds left after Grant’s final free throw, but they failed to get a shot off.
Henley finished with 16 points and 4 rebounds while Stamper added 10 points and 4 rebounds. Brooklynn Farley came close to a double-double with 10 points and 8 rebounds.
“We started playing with a little more intensity and a sense of urgency, really,” Claremore coach Mike Hughes said. “We didn’t have that for three quarters, and it was kind of like sleepwalking. We were still frozen a little bit, but Collinsville played well.
“Hopefully before the season is over, we can get to a point where we’re consistently scoring 16, 17 or 18 (per quarter) instead of going 22 and 7.”
The Lady Zebras hope to extend their five-game winning streak in a revenge game against Coweta (11-9) at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The Lady Tigers, who have won eight of their last 10 and six of seven, won the first meeting 62-46 on Jan. 14.
BOYS | COLLINSVILLE 63, CLAREMORE 36: Following a 3-pointer from Claremore junior Caison Hartloff in the third quarter, a Collinsville fan issued a pompous statement to the Zebra bench.
“You’re going to need a lot more of those,” he shouted from the student section on the westside of the court.
The anonymous spectator was right, but Claremore didn’t—or couldn’t—heed that advice.
Hartloff’s 3, which trimmed the Zebras’ deficit to 22 points, had little impact on the outcome as the sixth-ranked Cardinals cruised to a 63-36 victory.
Hartloff hit one other 3-ball during an early back-and-forth with Collinsville’s Ethan Cole, tying things at 12 late in the first quarter, but that success was shortlived.
The Cardinals (14-3) outscored Claremore 51-24 the rest of the way, pulling away with a 15-2 differential in the second period.
Cole led the offensive charge, finishing with a game-high 25 points for Collinsville, including three 3-pointers. Gage Longshore nearly joined him in double figures with 9 points, all from beyond the arc.
Elsewhere for the Cardinals, Caden Bouy managed 7 points and 6 rebounds, and Gage Tacker recorded 6 points and 9 rebounds.
Not only could the Zebras (4-13) not score, they also couldn’t get to the line. They shot only three free throws, missing two. In comparison, Collinsville went 8-of-15 from the line.
Claremore lost the turnover battle as well, committing 15 to the Cardinals’ six.
Hartloff tallied 12 points and 3 rebounds, and senior Charlie Murdock led the Zebras on the glass with 6 rebounds. Noah Smallwood, a sophomore, had 6 points and 2 rebounds.
Claremore looks to end its seven-game losing streak when it takes on Coweta at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The Zebras haven’t won a game since Nate Potts hit two free throws with 2.6 seconds left to defeat the Tigers 65-64 on Jan. 14.
CLAREMORE 42, COLLINSVILLE 40 (OT)
CLAREMORE — Hailey Grant 24, Hardage 9, Dennis 5, Ohman 4.
COLLINSVILLE — Segen Henley 16, Brooklynn Farley 10, Abbey Stamper 10, White 2, Gregory 2.
3-points goals: Claremore — Grant 2, Dennis 1. Collinsville — Henley 4, Stamper 3.
Rebounds: Claremore — Hardage 7, Team 7, Bump 4, Grant 4, Yowell 3, Dennis 1, Ohman 1. Collinsville — Farley 8, Henley 4, Stamper 4, Team 2, White 2, Meadows 2, Wickman 1, Gregory 1.
COLLINSVILLE 63, CLAREMORE 36
CLAREMORE — Caison Hartloff 12, Smallwood 6, Potts 4, McHugh 4, Schaffitzel 4, Anderson 3, Cowherd 2, Flegal 1.
COLLINSVILLE — Ethan Cole 25, Longshore 9, Bouy 7, Tacker 6, Seyrkels 5, McDowell 3, Mathes 3, Blair 3, Morgan 2.
3-point goals: Claremore — Hartloff 2, Anderson 1. Collinsville — Cole 3, Longshore 3, Seyrkels 1, McDowell 1, Bouy 1, Mathes 1.
Rebounds: Claremore — Murdock 6, Team 6, Cowherd 3, Hartloff 3, Anderson 3, McHugh 2, Smallwood 2, Schaffitzel 2, Potts 2, Stimson 2, Roark 1, Flegal 1, Strickland 1, Steidley 1. Collinsville — Tacker 9, Bouy 6, Longshore 3, McDowell 3, Team 3, Cole 2, Seyrkels 2, Dees 2, Schlomann 1, Blair 1, Jackson 1.