OOLOGAH – Claremore just didn’t shoot enough.
The seventh-ranked Class 4A Vinita Lady Hornets took over twice as many attempts from the floor and limited the Lady Zebras with a stout defense, cruising to a 64-42 victory in the semifinals of the Oologah Invitational Tournament on Friday.
The Lady Z’s drained 7-of-14 3-point shots, but Vinita fired 19 more and turned the ball over just six times compared to 18 for CHS (4-4). The Hornets improved to 9-1.
“I thought we played hard against a good team, and they made it hard on us to score,’’ Claremore coach Mike Hughes said. “They are the best shooting team we’ve played.
“It was hard for everybody to focus because one of our girls’ mother is in the hospital. We had more things on our minds other than basketball.’’
Hailey Grant, a 6-foot-1 senior, poured in 19 points as Claremore shot 50 percent from the field (6-of-12) in the first half and led 6-0 after a pair of treys from Grant and Grace Bump.
Vinita finally caught the Zebras at 7-7 on a pair of free throws from Morgan Chaney with 1:19 left in the first period. Hallie Reed’s 3-pointer with 1.6 seconds to go put the Hornets head for good at 10-7.
“We wanted to come out on their shooters better than we did,’’ Hughes said. “They did a good job in finding the extra man. We always seemed to leave open the man we didn’t want to leave open. We wanted to guard a little better.’’
Reed finished with 22 points for Vinita on 6-of-11 from long range. The Hornets launched 33 treyshitting 10 of them, and fired 53 total attempts compared to 24 for Claremore.
OOLOGAH 56, BERRYHILL 45 (G)
Free throws and rebounding were good to the Oologah Lady Mustangs against Berryhill in the semifinal round of the Oologah Invitational Tournament on Friday.
The Mustangs converted 20-of-27 from the stripe, compared to just 3-of-5 by the Maidens, and outboarded BHS 39-20 in rolling to a 56-45 victory and a place in the finals against Vinita.
Ranked 12th in Class 4A, Oologah improved to 8-2 by surviving a Berryhill third-period rally, remaining ahead on a superior effort from the foul line.
Four Oologah starters placed in double-figure scoring led by senior Karly Wadsworth with 21 points. Lily Ruark and BayIie DeSpain got 12 each with Kiah Purdeen adding 10.
The first half featured five lead changes, and the score remained tied 26-all at intermission. Two foul shots from DeSpain gave the Mustangs a 38-28 lead midway in the third quarter before Berryhill roared back.
Eight-consecutive points, the last a trey from Addie Coon, pulled the Maidens within 38-36 heading into the final period.
Another 3-ball from Coon sliced the OHS edge to 40-39 early in the fourth, but a 10-0 run by the Mustangs, fired by back-to-back treys by Ruark, closed the door on Berryhill with 3:01 left.
WILL ROGERS 73, OOLOGAH 59 (B)
Ninth-ranked Class 5A Will Rogers simply had too much speed and athleticism in easing past the Oologah boys in a semifinal game.
The Ropers (7-2) shot 59 percent from the field with balanced scoring and a defense that forced 24 turnovers.
The Mustangs led 11-7 after back-to-back hoops from senior Jack Barron, but Rogers blasted away with a 14-0 run and led 27-13 after a triple by Marquel Sutton 2:35 deep into second quarter.
Down 36-29 at halftime, Oologah stirred to life early in the third period, coming within 36-32 on a 3-point shot by Konnor Davis with 28 seconds gone.
Rogers quickly went to the trap and forced turnovers that led to layups, producing a 57-41 bulge late in the frame.
The Mustangs sliced their deficit to 57-48 on another trey by Davis with 6:15 left to play but could come no closer.
Now 6-4 for the season, Oologah was led by Barron with 14 points, Davis with 13 and Cameron Doyle with 10. Sophomore Josh Garrison hauled in 10 rebounds off the bench.
Miquan Prince tossed in 21 points for Rogers, Sutton added 20, and Marcal Johnson and Mikel Prince had 13 each. Oologah shot 59 percent from 2-point range, but only 8-of-27 from behind the arc.