The Lady Red basketball team was calm, cool and collected as they took the court to face the fourth-ranked Claremore Lady Zebras.
Grove head coach Richard Bassett had reason to celebrate on Tuesday, January 10, as his team took home the 46-40 win. The Lady Red took the lead in the first and never let go.
Grove 46, Claremore 40
The Lady Red started off by scoring six quick points, courtesy of Macee Barnes, Mady Kraft and Blaise Redus. Claremore struggled getting on the board. The clock hit the 3:20 mark in the first quarter when Claremore's Lauren Chancellor hit a single freethrow to score the Lady Zebra's first points.
Claremore would score once more during the quarter, a three from Carly Robinson. The quarter ended on a score of 11-4.
In the second, Grove would score twelve more points while Claremore only scored seven. The score at the half was 23-11, Grove.
The Lady Zebras had a much stronger second half, scoring fifteen in the third. Seven of those points came from Chancellor, but it wouldn't be enough to close in on the lead. Grove scored twelve in the third, maintaining a 35-26 lead.
Grove allowed Claremore to score 14 points in the fourth, Chancellor and Abbey Cox lead the way, both scoring six. But Grove's eleven was enough to take home the win.
The Lady Red were led by Barnes, who scored 16, Cheyenne Tanner who had 14 and Kraft who had seven.
Claremore was lead by Chancellor who had 16, Robinson who had nine and Cox who had six.
Grove controlled the game with solid defense and scoring in the double digits in all four quarters.
The Lady Red will face Coweta next. The Lady Tigers are 4-6, with wins over Glenpool (57-21), Gentry (70-44), Life Prep Academy (55-43) and Victory Christian (45-27). Coweta lost to Claremore, 50-36, during the Lady Tigers season opener.
Coweta has five players to look out for: seniors Abigail Fernandez, Sharae Frazier and Kinsey Lee, junior Madison Gray and freshman Madison Wheat. The two guards, Fernandez and Wheat have both scored more than seventy points this season. Lee, also a guard, has scored more than fifty points. Frazier and Gray are the forwards, both of whom have scored more than forty-five a piece.
Tip off is at 4 p.m. on Friday, January 13, in Coweta.