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January 29, 2014

Glencoe's Castlebury comes through in the clutch

STILLWATER, Okla. — With less than two minutes in the game and Glencoe trailing 40-39, Kelsey Castlebury went to the line for two free throws. With game hanging in the balance, Castlebury calmy sank both free throws and helped the Lady Panthers to a 42-40 victory in the championship of the Glencoe Tournament.

“I was nervous,” Castlebury said. “I was glad I came through for my team and we were able to win the game.”

Saturday, the Lady Panthers trailed the Newkirk Lady Tigers by as many as 18 points in the third quarter. Castlebury only scored six points but scored three of them during the most crucial part of the game. Castlebury said they made an adjustment defensively and said it was a good team effort.

“We switched our defense to a half court trap and put them on their heels,” Castlebury said. “We don’t give up and give great effort. We work together.”

Though Castlebury’s scoring was limited in the championship, she put up solid numbers in the first two games. On Friday, she scored 32 points including 14 in the fourth quarter of a 65-61 victory over Luther. In the quarterfinals, Castlebury scored 16 points in the Lady Panthers 74-41 victory over Southwest Covenant.

Playing high school basketball is special for Castlebury because she gets to play under her father Stephen. She said there is some challenges but wouldn’t trade the experience for anything.

“I really wouldn’t want anyone else coaching me,” Castlebury said. “He may yell at me more than anyone else. He trusts me on the court and is willing to give me time out there.”

Over the last several years the spotlight has shined on the boys’ program which is top ranked and defending Class A champion. Castlebury said the boys’ success is a motivating factor for the girls program.

“The boys really support us,” Castlebury said. “We see them do so good that we want to be like them. Glencoe hasn’t been known to have a winning program and we want to have a winning program.”

Honorable Mentions

J.K. Hadlock, Glencoe basketball

Chelsea Lazenby, Glencoe basketball

Konner Fowler, Yale basketball

Naomi Eslinger, Ripley basketball

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