TULSA - It was a split decision for the Claremore Christian Warriors in the Heartland Christian Athletic Association Class 1A basketball playoffs Tuesday night at Wright Christian Academy.
The Lady Warriors cruised to the East regional championship 64-5 over Tyro Christian (Kansas) while the Warriors fell to Prism (Fayetteville, Arkansas) 51-46 in the state tournament play-in game.
The Lady Warriors improved to 15-1 overall and clinched a bye into the semifinals of the state tournament.
They will play 7p.m. Friday night at Wright Christian against the winner of Thursday's quarterfinal between Family of Faith (Shawnee) and Bradford Christian (Pryor).
The Claremore Christian boys finished 2-15. They advanced to the state tournament with a 49-36 win against Tyro Christian in the East regional consolation championship game Monday at Wright Christian.
CLAREMORE CHRISTIAN 64,
TYRO CHRISTIAN 5 (girls)
All seven players that suited up for the Lady Warriors scored. Freshman Hannah Schulze, daughter of head coach Katie Schulze, led the way with 20 points.
Claremore Christian had two other double figure scorers. Kaylee Blair and Brooklyn Woods finished with 16 and 13 points, respectively.
The Lady Warriors scored the first 11 points. They led 31-2 after the first quarter and extended the advantage to 46-2 at the half.
McKenna Mitchell provided a boost off the bench with all five of her points in the second period. The second half was played with a running clock.
CLAREMORE CHRISTIAN 46 (boys)
Mason Mullins had a double-double, 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Warriors. Titus Ruff scored a game-high 30 points for the Bears.
Claremore Christian never led and never forged a tie, but made things interesting. Prism was up 28-17 at the half, but the Warriors got as close as 32-30 late in the third quarter.
The Bears eventually were ahead 35-30 after three and then stretched their advantage to 44-35 with three minutes left.
Claremore Christian then went on an 7-1 run with Mullins scoring all seven points. Levi Ruff countered for Prism as his basket made it 47-42 with 45 seconds remaining.
Aiden Phillips then converted a bucket for the Warriors with 35 seconds to play. Titus Ruff, however, made a pair of free throws with 33 seconds left and two more 10 seconds later.
Sammy Close made a basket for Claremore Christian with 15 seconds remaining to provide the final margin.