Claremore: The Lady Zebras have flirted with several potential losses in league play, but they have managed to win six Metro Lakes Conference games in a row since falling to Skiatook in early December.
Up and coming
Tahlequah and Collinsville: Both clubs are on Claremore's coattails in the standings. Behind Claremore by a game apiece, Tahlequah and Collinsville — Nos. 9 and 10, respectively, in the 5A coaches' poll — will meet Tuesday in Collinsville.
On the skids
Skiatook: The Lady Bulldogs started the season strong, winning two of their first three games of the season and dropping the fourth game of the year in overtime against Coweta. However, that loss to Coweta triggered what is currently a 13-game losing streak.
Missing their stripes: The recent Port City Classic took a toll on Claremore. In their first game since the tournament on Tuesday night, the Lady Zebras were without Monica Taylor and Alex Crews. Both are out with injuries, and Taylor could be back before the end of the regular season. Crews’ status is still up in the air.
Kirby is killin’ it: Collinsville’s Shelbie Kirby has been on a roll all year. The senior guard has tied or led the Lady Cardinals in scoring in all but one of 17 games this season. She tallied a season-high 27 points against Miami back in December, and she’s averaging 16.4 points per game.
Games of the week
Boys: Coweta at Fort Gibson, Monday
A battle between top-10 teams in Classes 5A and 4A.
Girls: Bishop Kelley at Tahlequah, Friday
These two clubs have found a way of producing quality entertainment for the last couple of years. And with Claremore and Collinsville still in the league-title hunt, the odds are pretty good that whomever wins this game will win the conference crown.