TULSA - It was a mixed bag for the Claremore Zebras over the final two days of the Bishop Kelley Invitational Basketball Tournament.
The Class 5A No. 14 Claremore boys dropped a hard-fought contest against 5A No. 12 Tulsa Edison 76-72 on Friday and then outlasted Class 4A No. 18 Lincoln Christian 76-73 in overtime Saturday in the third place game.
The Class 5A No. 16 Claremore girls beat Tulsa Memorial 57-36 on Friday and then fell 49-44 to 5A No. 17 Bishop Kelley Saturday in the consolation championship game.
"I saw some good things throughout the tournament that we can continue to build on as well as some kinks that we still need to iron out," said Claremore girls head coach Whitney Jones. "I think we have to learn from each of our games and continue to grow and get better."
The Zebras and Lady Zebras now have respective records of 3-2 and 2-3. Claremore has its home opener on Tuesday against Skiatook. The girls game will be at 6:00 with the boys to follow at approximately 7:30.
CLAREMORE 57, MEMORIAL 36 (girls - Friday)
Maddie Hardage and Hailey Grant led the charge for the Lady Zebras with 16 and 11 points, respectively. Raelynn Woods scored a game-high 18 points for the Chargers.
The game was tied 6-6 after the first quarter, but Claremore took control in the middle two frames. Hardage made a couple of key 3-pointers in the second period to help provide a 23-15 halftime advantage.
The lead then grew to 42-21 after three quarters. Hardage and Grant combined for all but two points in the third.
Terran Schornick had a nice game off the bench for the Lady Zebras. She finished with eight points on 4-of-5 field goals.
EDISON 76, CLAREMORE 72 (boys - Friday)
Caison Hartloff finished with a game-high 29 points for the Zebras. Kaylon Finley paced the Eagles with 27 points.
Claremore built a 41-28 lead at the half, but Edison rallied thanks to a couple of key runs and clutch free throw shooting.
The Eagles scored the last eight points of the third quarter to get within 54-53 and then got the first eight points of the final stanza.
Edison stayed in front for the remainder of the contest, but the Zebras still made things interesting. Bray Glenn cut the deficit to 72-70 on a put back with 41.6 seconds remaining.
Joseph Johnson made 1-of-2 free throws for the Eagles with 36.6 seconds left. Hartloff answered on a bucket with 17.7 seconds remaining.
Edison's Loddie Combs split a pair of free throws with 12.8 seconds left. That gave Claremore a chance to potentially tie or win.
The Eagles, however, forced a turnover with 1.8 seconds left and Johnson converted both foul shots to seal the deal. Edison was 16-for-19 overall on free throws in the fourth period.
The Zebras led 20-15 after the first quarter. Nate Potts provided a boost as he scored 10 points in the frame.
Potts finished the game with 14 points. P'bo Wood and Glenn also reached double figures with 12 and 11 points, respectively.
The Eagles scored the first eight points of the second half to start their comeback. They eventually prevailed thanks to their 16-0 surge and strong foul shooting.
CLAREMORE 76, LINCOLN CHRISTIAN 73 OT (boys - Saturday)
Hartloff had a game-high 26 points while Glenn finished with 18. Sam Brueggemann scored 21 points to pace the Bulldogs.
Friday's hard-fought defeat against Edison appeared to have taken a lot out of Claremore as Lincoln Christian built a 39-28 halftime advantage.
The Zebras, however, battled back. They closed within 52-47 after three periods, knotted things at 69-69 at the end of regulation, and were able to prevail in the extra frame.
BISHOP KELLEY 49, CLAREMORE 44 (girls - Saturday)
Grant and Abbey Cox finished with 16 and 15 points, respectively for the Lady Zebras. Rachel Avedon scored a game-high 17 points for the Lady Comets.
Claremore fell into a 20-8 hole after the first period, but then fought back to get within 27-19 at the half.
Kelley was ahead 41-31 after three quarters. The Lady Zebras continued to battle away, but came up just a little bit short in the end.
"I thought we battled back (well) in the second, third, and fourth quarters (against Bishop Kelley)," said Jones. "I think seeing some good competition early on will only help us as we get deeper into the season. I think our best basketball is still ahead of us".