The Claremore Zebras swept the Pryor Tigers in a battle of Class 5A rivals on the basketball court Tuesday night.
The No. 17 Claremore girls toppled the second-ranked Lady Tigers 43-35 while the No. 12 Claremore boys cruised past the No. 9 Tigers 65-53.
The Lady Zebras (3-4) won't have another game until 2019 when they travel to Grove on Tuesday January 8.
"It was a great effort collectively," said Claremore girls head coach Whitney Jones. "I am proud of the girls. Even when we were behind we kept fighting. We were preaching one possession at a time in pregame and I thought we did a good job of that."
The Zebras (5-2) return to action in the Siloam Springs tournament, beginning next Thursday against the host Panthers.
"First off I want to congratulate our girls on a great win tonight and hope they can use that momentum going forward," said Claremore boys coach Tommy Nolan. "We are going to enjoy this win and then put our focus on Siloam Springs. It's a very tough tournament."
CLAREMORE 43, PRYOR 35 (girls)
Abbey Cox scored a game-high 13 points while Hailey Grant finished with a double-double 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Lady Zebras. Beverlee Caraway had 11 points to pace the Lady Tigers (5-2).
Claremore trailed 29-24 after three quarters, but then scored the first 12 points of the final frame. Pryor closed the gap to 37-35 after Hollie Wood made a 3-pointer with 59 seconds left.
The Lady Zebras, however, closed things out with strong free throw shooting. Cloe Dennis split a pair of shots with 46 seconds remaining and Grant was 5-of-6 over the final 33 seconds to seal the deal.
"We have played pretty solid defense all season," said Jones. "We got a few more shots to fall tonight and also had clutch free throw shooting."
The Lady Tigers led 11-7 after the first period and 20-14 at the half. Claremore took its first lead at 24-23 after Grant converted a pair of free throws with 2:03 remaining in the third quarter.
Pryor answered with the last six points of the third, but the Lady Zebras responded strongly in the final stanza and eventually prevailed.
"Going into the break with a win is definitely beneficial," said Jones. "We have to keep getting into the gym and work on getting shots up. The more we get up, the better we will shoot."
CLAREMORE 65, PRYOR 53 (boys)
Bray Glenn scored a game-high 16 points for the Zebras. Teammates Nate Potts and P'bo Wood also finished in double figures with 12 and 10 points, respectively.
The Tigers (5-2) were ahead 19-17 after the first period thanks in large part to Ryne Freeman scoring all nine of his points in the frame.
Claremore took control though with dominant second and third quarters. The Zebras allowed just seven total points in those frames and eventually built a 43-26 advantage after three.
"We have been scoring at a high rate but we challenged our guys to put more emphasis on defense," said Nolan.
The lead grew even further in the first part of the final period. Pryor made a run late against the Claremore reserves, but the outcome was never in any doubt.
"We are trying to become more balanced," said Nolan. "What I enjoy most about this group is our chemistry and camaraderie and how they play together."