By Merrick Eagleton
Stillwater News Press
COYLE, Okla. —
The Morrison Lady Wildcats entered Friday’s game on a four-game winning streak while the Glencoe Lady Panthers were on a two-game losing streak. The hotter team prevailed as the Lady Wildcats took advantage of early miscues and held on late for a 65-61 victory at Glencoe High School.
“We played well in the first half,” Morrison coach Rowdy Cawlfield said. “We found a lot of open people and hit a few jump shots. We had few open 3s that helped also.”
Glencoe (15-7) struggled with turnovers and hitting shots. Morrison led 21-15 at the end of the first quarter and outscored the Lady Panthers 23-14 in the second.
“Morrison outplayed us tonight — bottomline,” Glencoe coach Stephen Castlebury said. “We didn’t rebound, we didn’t take care of the ball, we fouled, we didn’t play any defense.”
Jacey Bales led the Lady Wildcats’ offense in the first half with 12 points and finished the game with 23. Kalie Vernon scored 12 and Kaci Cawlfield scored 11 to give Morrison three double-digit scorers.
“We shot pretty well but free throws leave a little to be desired,” coach Cawlfield said. “We scored some points and had two or three in double figures.”
The Lady Panthers made a run at the Lady Wildcats in the second half, getting the deficit down to as low as five. Carlie Roe made two 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and Chelsea Lazenby scored 11 points in the second half to finish with 26 before fouling out.
Bales scored 11 points in the second half to prevent Glencoe from making a comeback. The Lady Wildcats (9-8) struggled at the line — missing five free throws. Coach Cawlfield said they have to get better at finishing games.
“We got to learn to get the killer instinct and finish them,” coach Cawlfield said. “We come in with people on the 3-point line and don’t have to score and just make them foul us. We kept trying to make shots.”
The Lady Panthers visit Pawnee at 6:30 p.m. Monday while the Lady Wildcats visit Cashion at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Glencoe 80, Morrison 64
GLENCOE — The Wildcats may have been large underdogs to the defending Class A state champion Panthers. That didn’t stop them from putting up a fight in a losing effort.
“I thought we did a decent job defensively, even though we gave up 80,” Morrison coach Cory Bales said. “We competed well and came out and played hard.”
Glencoe coach John Lazenby said he was glad his team won but they relied on the 3-pointer too much.
“I told the boys that the 3 is like fools gold,” Lazenby said. “When it’s going it’s a good thing. When it’s not, you could find yourself in a bind. You got to keep attacking the bucket. ... We got out of there with a win.”
The Panthers (21-0) jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter and built it as high as 15. Ty and Jake Lazenby powered Glencoe’s offense as they combined for 22 of the Panthers’ 26 points. Glencoe led 26-12 after the first quarter.
The large margin didn’t keep the game from getting physical as both teams committed more than 10 fouls in the first half. Glencoe picked up a pair of technicals as Andrew Kuhn was a little too physical after a play and Jake Lazenby expressed too much displeasure at a call.
The Wildcats’ trailed by as many as 19 in the first half and went to intermission down 43-26. Glencoe maintained its lead for most of the second half. Morrison outscored the Panthers 24-19 in the final quarter.
“It got close to a 20-point lead at halftime and just stayed there the whole way,” coach Lazenby said. “We hit a shot and they hit a shot.”
Morrison (8-9) had strong 3-point shooting by Parker Venus and Justin Bearry as they each scored three. Venus led the team in scoring with 13 points.
Ty Lazenby led the Panthers in scoring with 26 points. Jake followed with 23. Sean Smith contributed 10.
The Panthers visit Pawnee on Monday while the Wildcats visit Cashion on Tuesday.
“I told the guys that I promise you that if we don’t play better Monday, we’ll get our tails kicked,” coach Lazenby said.
“We got a week and a half until playoffs,” coach Bales said. “We got to do what we can and keep shooting the ball well.”