By Andrew Glover
Stillwater News Press
STILLWATER, Okla. —
The Class A defending state champion Glencoe Panthers only need two wins to advance to the next stage of their title defense. Their focus is on Thursday’s regional matchup against Riverfield Country Day at 8 p.m. at Agra High School.
“They run a zone and half court trap,” coach John Lazenby said. “They aren’t really deep. We should match up well with them.”
Riverfield (16-4) didn’t play a ranked opponent all season and will face a Panther squad that’s won four. Lazenby said his team is looking to play its game.
“We are going to press them and get them to play an up-tempo game,” Lazenby said. “We want to run up and down the court.”
If Glencoe wins, it will face the winner of Frontier and Crossings Christian at 8 p.m. Saturday at Frontier High School for the regional championship and earn a trip to the area round. If the Panthers lose they will play the winner of Wesleyan Christian and Calumet at 3 p.m. Friday at Frontier High School in the regional consolation.
The Frontier Lady Mustangs, ranked fourth in Class A, open regionals at 6:30 p.m. Thursday against Calumet. The Lady Chieftains (13-14) have three wins against ranked teams. Coach Bob Weckstein said his team isn’t taking them lightly.
“They have two really good players,” Weckstein said. “We’re prepared.”
The Class B No. 11 Mulhall-Orlando Panthers open regionals at 8 p.m. Thursday in Shidler against No. 18 Cave Springs. If M-O wins, it will likely face No. 8 LeFlore in the regional finals at 8 p.m. Saturday in Cleveland. If the Panthers lose they will play at 8 p.m. Friday in Cleveland in the regional consolation.
The No. 19 Glencoe Lady Panthers will face No. 15 Oaks-Mission at 6:30 p.m. at Agra High School. Coach Stephen Castlebury said it will be a tough game but likes his team’s chances
If the Lady Panthers win, they will face No. 4 Frontier or Calumet in the regional championship at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Frontier High School.
The Coyle Lady Bluejackets (18-5) will play their first home playoff game against Welch at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. If Coyle wins, it will likely face No. 3 Pond Creek-Hunter for the regional finals at 6:30 p.m in Coyle.
The Mustangs (8-18) open regionals at home against Crossings Christian at 8 p.m. Thursday. Weckstein said it will be a tough contest.
The Bluejackets (12-12) will be fighting for their season against Watts at 3 p.m. Thursday in Coyle for the first round of the regional consolation. If Coyle wins it will face the loser of Pond Creek-Hunter and Okay at 8 p.m. Friday in Coyle.
The Agra Bearcats (10-13) will look to keep their season alive against Oaks-Mission at 3 p.m. Thursday on their home floor. If Agra wins it will face the loser of Frontier and Crossings Christian at 8 p.m. Friday in Frontier. The Lady Bearcats (9-14) face Woodland at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. If Agra wins, it will face the loser of Frontier and Calumet at 6:30 p.m. Friday in Frontier.
The Mulhall-Orlando Lady Panthers (8-15) face Bluejacket at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Shidler. If they win, they face the loser of New Lima and Bokoshe at 1:30 p.m. in Cleveland.