‘Holy cow, that game was unbelievable.’
First-year Claremore Lady Zebra coach Stephanie Shaw watched her team overcome adversity and fight with tenacity to pull off a 47-40 win over Coweta Friday night in the season opener.
“For a team that hasn’t been in this kind of environment this early in the season, and never give up, I’m proud of their effort,” Shaw said. “They stuck together and got a really huge win.”
Claremore junior point guard Kaleigh Cox played an integral role in leading the Lady Zebras to victory. Cox, who didn’t make her first field goal until the 6:09 mark of the third quarter, put the team on her shoulders and scored a game-high 23 points.
“Kaleigh’s our rock,” Shaw said. “She’s the one that sparks this team and her play in the fourth quarter was clutch.”
Though Cox’s driving layup put Claremore ahead 25-24 in the third quarter, it was the fourth quarter where the three-year starter rose to the occasion.
With Coweta carrying a 28-27 lead into the fourth quarter, Cox simply took over despite having four fouls.
Cox scored 16 of her game-high 23 points in the fourth quarter, including back-to-back layups in transition to tie the game at 31-31 with 5:57 remaining.
After Coweta got a basket from Haley Brewster to go up 33-31, Cox answered on the offensive end with a layup from the assist of senior forward Ashlynn Glenn to once again tie the game at 33-33.
Cox’s feisty defensive pressure on Coweta point guard Courtney Haas forced a turnover and the Claremore junior standout knocked down the 10-foot jumper to put the Lady Zebras up 35-33.
Both teams traded baskets until Glenn’s layup from Bailey Steckline put Claremore ahead for good at 39-37 with under three minutes remaining.
Claremore finished the fourth quarter on an 8-3 run with Cox scoring six of the Lady Zebras’ final eight points.
“Our defense got us going after halftime,” Cox said. “Our goal was to hold Coweta to 40 points and we did that.”
Shaw credited her team’s defensive prowess in the second half to Cox’s leadership.
“Defense is what is going to win us games,” Shaw said.
Freshman guard Monica Taylor scored eight points in her first varsity start, including a pair of three pointers in the first quarter.
Coweta, who made five treys in the first half, was led in scoring by Kaitlyn Norton with 16 points.
In the boys’ game, Coweta built a 16-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back to thump the Zebras, 79-40.
Caleb Norris and Ty Gunter led the Tigers with 15 points each, while Jake Ross and Zach Norris added 10 apiece.
Coweta coasted to a 24-7 first quarter lead and went into halftime ahead 42-18.
Daniel Lauer paced Claremore’s offense with 13 points, while Brett Russell added eight before fouling out.
Cox explodes for 16 points in 4th quarter
‘Holy cow, that game was unbelievable.’
Verdigris’ Hanslovan commits to ORU
One of the biggest decisions of her upcoming senior year is finally behind Verdigris High School soccer standout Caitlyn Hanslovan.
The four-year letterwinner and three-time Class 4A state champion forward announced Tuesday that she will commit to playing NCAA Division I soccer at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa.
RSU's Loy earns third-straight Academic All American honor
Rogers State senior outfielder Katrina Loy was named to the Capital One Academic All-America College Division Softball Third Team as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Area players earn All-Region baseball awards
The awards keep piling up for Verdigris High School graduate Blake Battenfield.
After being named to the Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State Large East team earlier this week, Battenfield and numerous other players from Rogers County earned OCA All-Region accolades.
Battenfield was joined by his teammate, Ryan Hurd, who was a senior outfielder/shortstop for the three-time Class 3A state champion Verdigris Cardinals.
Clyde Barkley Basketball Camp starts May 28-30 in Inola
The Clyde Barkley Boys Basketball Camp will get underway on May 28-30 at Inola High School Gymnasium.
The three-day camp will go from 9 a.m. to Noon and is offered to boys entering third through ninth grade. The cost of the camp is $55 or $100 for two campers in the same family.
Zebras Baseball/Softball Camp set for May 29-31
The Claremore Zebras baseball and softball camp will take place on May 29-31 at Powers Park.
The camp is for boys and girls ages 4-14. The cost of this camp is $60 or $90 for two campers from the same family. Team discounts are also available for seven or more players.
OU athletics pledges support to tornado relief efforts
OU Athletics officials have been advised by local relief agencies that the best way to help Oklahoma disaster victims is to text RED CROSS to 90999 to give $10 or go online to make a donation at RedCross.org.
ORU hosts "Vaulting for Moore" fundraiser
The day after a devastating tornado ripped through Moore, Okla., the Oral Roberts University Track & Field program has announced that it will host a fundraiser to help in the aid and recovery efforts. The “Vaultin’ for Moore” fundraiser will be held inside the H.A. Chapman Indoor Practice Facility on ORU’s campus on Saturday, June 1 at 1 p.m.
ORU claims 4-2 win over SFA in Southland Conference Tourney
Timely hitting and solid relief pitching carried third-seeded Oral Roberts University to a 4-2 victory over sixth-seeded Stephen F. Austin on Wednesday morning at the 2013 Southland Conference Tournament. The opening day victory books ORU (24-30) a spot in the winner’s bracket of the eight-team tournament.
Drillers pledge $10,000 toward tornado relief efforts
The Tulsa Drillers announced today that the team was donating $10,000 to the tornado relief efforts on behalf of those who were affected by this week's storms in Shawnee and Moore, Oklahoma.The donation will be made to the American Red Cross.
Whitaker ready for new role as Texas Tech coach
Candi Whitaker's introduction as Texas Tech's basketball coach was probably news to many Lady Raider fans on Wednesday.
The 33-year-old mother of one son is expecting a second in September.
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