A fourth-quarter lapse nearly proved to be costly for Claremore girls basketball Tuesday night.
Skiatook trailed by 14 after three quarters but caught fire in the fourth, hitting six 3-pointers while outscoring the Lady Zebras 23-9 to force overtime at 41-all. Claremore, however, shut out the Lady Bulldogs 8-0 in the extra period to escape Brooks Walton Activity Center with a 49-41 victory.
Ella Claborn, a 6-foot-1 senior center who finished with a game-high 24 points, scored six of those eight overtime points. Grace Bump managed double figures as well with 14 points, including three 3-pointers and a three-point play.
Molly Burch and Bailey Henderson sparked Skiatook’s furious rally, making two 3-pointers apiece. Rylee Anglen and Maliyah Sletto sank the other two.
Anglen led the quartet with 11 points while Burch added nine, Sletto contributed eight and Henderson had six.
In addition to overtime, the Lady Zebra defense thoroughly dominated the first and third quarters.
Claremore outscored Skiatook by a combined 25-8 during those frames (33-8 including overtime), holding it to only two points in the opening quarter. The Lady Bulldogs closed the gap to five points at 17-12 going into halftime, but the Lady Zebras used a 15-6 third – led by six points apiece from Claborn and Bump – to build a 14-point advantage.