By Andrew Glover
Stillwater News Press
STILLWATER, Okla. —
As the regular season enters its final weeks, bigger schools hope to improve their playoff position while smaller schools look to fine-tune their games at tournaments across the state.
The Glencoe Panthers and Lady Panthers are both top seeds at the Glencoe Tournament. The Panthers, ranked No. 1 in Class A, open with Woodland at 3 p.m. Thursday. It will be the third matchup between the two schools with Glencoe winning both by at least 29 points.
“We just have to focus on one game at a time and get on that championship side,” Glencoe boys basketball coach John Lazenby said. “Hopefully we can defend our title.”
The Panthers (15-0) will face Southwest Covenant or Newkirk at 8:20 p.m. Friday with a win or 3 p.m. with a loss. Leading the bottom half of the bracket is the Yale Bulldogs (8-1), who are ranked No. 15 in Class 2A and open with Olive at 8:20 p.m. The Bulldogs will face Luther or Hominy at 5:40 p.m. Friday if they win or 12:20 p.m. if they lose. Last season, Yale was defeated by Glencoe in the finals.
The Lady Panthers (12-4) and ranked No. 18 in Class A, open with Southwest Covenant at 4:20 p.m. Thursday. On Friday, Glencoe will face Luther or Olive at 7 p.m. if it wins or 1:40 p.m. if it loses. Coach Stephen Castlebury said it’s a very strong field with Newkirk, Luther and Woodland along with his team.
“Any of us could win it,” Castlebury said. “I would say Newkirk is the favorite but should be a good tournament for us.”
The bottom half of the bracket is led by Woodland, which the Lady Panthers have beaten twice and Newkirk, which won the Walking F. Ranch Classic Tournament earlier this month. The Yale Lady Bulldogs will open with Newkirk at 7 p.m. The Frontier Lady Mustangs (15-3), who are ranked No. 2 in Class A, are the sixth seed in the North Country Tournament and open with Guymon at 4 p.m. Thursday at Tonkawa High School. Frontier could face Tonkawa in the next round for its fourth meeting this season. The Lady Buccaneers won two of the last three games.
The Mustangs (6-11) are in the middle of a six-game losing streak and open with Mannford at 8:30 p.m. at Northern Oklahoma College. Coach Bob Weckstein said the tournament will be tough for both of his teams.
The Pawnee Black Bears (13-1), ranked No. 6 in Class 2A, are the third seed and open with Blackwell at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Northern Oklahoma College. Coach David Page said he isn’t overlooking any opponents.
The Lady Black Bears (8-6) are the fourth seed and play Mannford at 4 p.m. Thursday at NOC. On Friday, they will face either top-seed Alva or eighth-seed Cleveland at 4 p.m. Friday if they win or 7 p.m. if they lose. Coach Chad Tsotigh said it will be a good challenge for his team.
Morrison and Coyle are competing at the Cashion Tournament. The Lady Wildcats (4-7) open with Watonga at 12:20 p.m. Thursday. They will face either Coyle or Oklahoma Christian Schools at 5:40 p.m. Friday if they win or 3 p.m. if they lose. The Lady Bluejackets (10-4) play at 8:20 p.m. Thursday.
The Wildcats (6-5) play at 1:40 p.m. Thursday against Community Christian School. Morrison will play either Coyle and Oklahoma Christian Schools at 5:40 p.m. Friday if they win or 3 p.m. if they lose. The Bluejackets (6-8) play at 7 p.m.
Agra and Carney will compete at the Paden Tournament. The Lady Bearcats (7-8) are the fifth seed and open with Prue at 1:40 p.m. Thursday. They will face either Mason or Paden at 4:20 p.m. Friday if they win or 11 a.m. if they lose.
The Lady Bulldogs (2-10) are the sixth seed and play Weleetka at 4:20 p.m. Thursday and will face either Graham-Dustin or Union City at 7 p.m. Friday if they win or 1:40 p.m. if they lose.
The Bearcats (7-8) are the fifth seed and play Graham-Dustin at 3 p.m. Thursday. They will face either Weleetka or Paden at 5:45 p.m. Friday if they win or 12:20 p.m. Friday if they lose. Carney (2-9) faces Mason at 5:45 p.m. Thursday and will face Union City or Prue at 8:30 p.m. Friday if they win or 3 p.m. if they lose.