By Andrew Glover
GLENCOE, Okla. —
The Class A defending state champion Glencoe Panthers won their first two games decisively but didn’t shoot the ball well. Tuesday against Frontier, Glencoe just needed some home-cooking as it hit nine 3-pointers in a 96-42 rout of the Mustangs in Glencoe.
“I think we just needed to play at home,” Glencoe coach John Lazenby said. “We are familiar with our gym. We shot the ball better tonight.”
The Panthers (3-0) took control midway through the first quarter with a 13-0 run, turning a 6-5 deficit into an 18-6 lead. Glencoe had balanced scoring in the first quarter as five different players scored to a take an 18-9 first-quarter lead.
In the second quarter, the Panthers ran away with the game as they went on a 23-0 run. Jake Lazenby made three 3-pointers to score 12 of his 29 points in the quarter. Andrew Kuhn took advantage of second-chance opportunities to put up six points in the quarter. Coach Lazenby said several players stepped up.
“We are so deep this year,” Lazenby said. “Andrew is a monster on the boards. He is a normal small-school post player. He’s a little undersized but has such broad shoulders. He has good strength in size.”
Lazenby said he was also impressed with the defensive play he got from Sean Smith who recorded several steals in the game.
“I think he recorded three or four steals in a row,” Lazenby said. “He is so quick and is our defensive stopper. I think he guarded Frontier’s leading returning scorer and he didn’t score.”
Glencoe continued to roll in the third quarter, outscoring the Mustangs 29-8. Jake Lazenby scored 11 points in the quarter. In the fourth quarter, Lazenby pulled his starters and put in the second team.
Frontier coach Bob Weckstein said his team didn’t play as well as he wanted them to and will have to regroup.
“We have to go back to the drawing board,” Weckstein said. “We were overmatched, even by their second team.”
The Panthers host Woodland at 8 p.m. Friday. Frontier travels to Ripley at 8 p.m. Friday.