Stillwater News Press

High School Sports

November 5, 2012

Glencoe boys basketball eyes another run to state title

GLENCOE, Okla. — Last season the Glencoe Panthers were among the best in Class A as they reached the quarterfinals in the state basketball tournament. With most of their players returning, the Panthers are poised to return to state.

“We lost my son John (Lazenby), who was an All-Stater,” coach John Lazenby said. “We will miss him. We return Kagen Castlebury who averaged 13 points per game. My other son Jake is back and he averaged 10. Hunter Hall is a sophomore this year and he averaged 11. My other son Ty is a sophomore and he averaged 15.”

Glencoe finished the season 26-4, before falling to Weleetka. This year, the Panthers have four of their five starters returning and six of their top seven players. Glencoe will have strong upper classmen leadership with three seniors and five juniors. Lazenby said he feels good about his team.

“A junior and two seniors round out our top seven,” Lazenby said. “We have a move-in that’s a junior that should help us. We should be right back in the mix of Class A.”

Glencoe’s schedule doesn’t start with too many challenges as their first three opponents — Olive, Paden and Shidler  went a combined 21-48 last season. Glencoe’s slate gets tougher later in the season.

“We play Frontier in our fourth game at Red Rock, they are a perennial state powerhouse,” Lazenby said. “Later in the season we play at Pawnee, they made the playoffs under Coach (David) Page. ... We play at Morrison with Coach (Cory) Bales taking over and he will have them ready to play. We play at Kiefer, they are a big 2A school.”

The Panthers are going to two tournaments in Luther (Dec. 6-8) and Earlsboro (Jan. 10-12). Glencoe will also host a tournament Jan. 24-26. Lazenby said there will be quality competition.

“We play in the Luther tournament in December,” coach said. “We will be going against 2A, 3A and 4A teams. ... Our tournament will be good and competitive. Yale is in it, they are very good. Southwest Covenant is good and return a lot. Luther is a 2A team by the (Oklahoma) City. It’s the strongest field we’ve had in a long time.”

Last season, Glencoe had no problem putting points on the board but at times struggled keeping its opponents off the scoreboard. Lazenby said that’s something his team will have to shore up to go farther than last season.

“We had the most explosive offense in Class A,” Lazenby said. “The problem was we don’t defend as well. I told our players that should be an insult to them to hear people say ‘Glencoe can score but can’t play defense.’ We talked about taking more pride in our defense. I told the guys in the state tournament the scores get lower and possessions get more important. There’s more ball control. It’s going to be hard to just outscore someone.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
High School Sports
Buy & Share Photos
NewsPress e-Edition
NewsPress Specials
AP Video
Raw: More Than 100,000 Gather for Easter Sunday Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest
NDN Video
Jabari Parker's Top 5 Plays From Duke Career Kourtney Kardashian Is a Bikini Babe More Manpower Than Ever Expected At 4/20 Rally Debunk'd: Miley Cyrus AIDS, Cheeseburgers Cause Cancer, Military Warning Bill Previewing the NBA playoffs Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite My name is Cocaine Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Lohan Gets Candid About Her Sex List The 2014 New York Auto Show Meet Johnny Manziel's New Girlfriend Chelsea Clinton Announces Pregnancy Funny: Celebrating Easter with Martha Stewart and Friends Man Accuses 'X-Men' Director Bryan Singer of Sexually Abusing Him As a Teenager Man hit with $525 federal fine after he doesn't pay for soda refill Lea Michele & Naya Rivera Feuding? Jabari Parker declares for the NBA draft Singing Nun Belts Out Cyndi Lauper New West, Texas Explosion Video Swim Daily, Throwback Thursday
Must Read