OOLOGAH – Riding the offensive performances of Double Dynamite duo Hailey Grant and Amy Cox, Claremore fashioned a uneventful 56-39 victory over Tulsa Memorial, securing the third-place trophy Saturday at the Oologah Tournament in Mustang Arena.
The 17th-ranked Lady Zebras’ two big guns combined for 46 points and 16 rebounds and the Z’s had fun, fun, fun in rolling past the No. 20 Chargers. Claremore never trailed and continued to build on its lead until the end, its fifth win in 11 games. Memorial fell to 5-5 following its second loss of the season to the Lady Zebras.
“They are our two leading scorers,’’ CHS coach Whitney Jones said of Grant and Cox. “I was very pleased with how they played, scoring and rebounding. I thought we played well overall.’’
Grant, a 6-1 junior, scored 27 points on 11-of-15 shooting and grabbed 12 rebounds. Cox, a 5-6 senior, added 19 points and her ball handling helped limit Claremore to seven turnovers, including just one in the second half.
Grant scored all but two of the Z’s 15 points in the second quarter as CHS mounted a 24-11 lead and was up by eight at intermission. Guard Raelynn Woods remained Memorial’s only consistent hope throughout the game, finishing with 20 points.
“No. 20 (Woods) does about 85 percent of their scoring and she’s very athletic,’’ said Jones.
Woods piled up 12 of Memorial’s 16 first-half points, but it wasn’t enough to counter Cox who backed Grant with four hoops at key times. The Lady Zebras stuck to their customary slow start, then turned their offense over to Grant on drives to the basket.
Grant sauntered down the baseline to score and give Claremore a 41-26 lead going into the fourth period. Her race to the basket for a layup made it 47-32 with 4:15 to go and the Chargers continued to fizzle.