TULSA - It was a split decision for the Claremore Zebras on the opening day of the Bishop Kelley Invitational Basketball Tournament Thursday.
The Class 5A No. 19 Claremore boys got past Class 4A No. 19 Tulsa Webster 65-53. The Class 5A No. 16 Lady Zebras fell 71-28 against Class 6A No. 11 Shawnee.
The Lady Zebras (1-2) and Zebras (2-1) are/were scheduled to play Friday at 10:00 A.M. and 5:30 P.M., respectively.
Placement games are currently set for Saturday, but the threat of wintry weather could alter the tournament schedule.
CLAREMORE 65, WEBSTER 53 (boys)
Bray Glenn had a game-high 22 points for the Zebras. Teammates Nate Potts and Matt Wofford also finished in double figures with 15 and 11, respectively.
Claremore held a 13-12 lead after the first quarter. The game was tied at 19-19 midway through the second period, but then Potts and Wofford made back-to-back three pointers.
Eventually, the Zebras held a slim 28-27 edge at the half. Glenn, Wofford, and Potts combined for all but three of the first half points.
The third quarter saw a series of runs. Claremore opened the frame with the first nine points, but the Warriors (1-4) countered with the next seven.
The Zebras then responded with another 9-0 spurt and eventually led 49-40 after three. Caison Hartloff provided a boost as he scored all seven of his points in the third period.
Webster got as close as 55-52 midway through the final quarter. Claremore, however, closed the game with a 10-1 run.
SHAWNEE 71, CLAREMORE 28 (girls)
Hailey Grant and Abbey Cox finished with nine and eight points, respectively for the Lady Zebras. Ashley Kasterke had a game-high 18 points and was one of five double-figure scorers for the Lady Wolves (3-0).
Claremore scored the first five points of the game, but Shawnee countered with the next 16 and pulled away steadily.
The Wolves led 19-8 after the first period, 37-12 at the half, and 54-24 after three. Sophie Stout scored all seven of her points in the game in the third for the Zebras.