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March 7, 2014

Glencoe rallies past Weleetka to reach Class A state final

OKLAHOMA CITY — The No. 2 Glencoe Panthers found themselves behind 17-2 in the first quarter of the Class A state semifinals Friday, largely because of No. 3 Weleetka’s 3-point shooting. Coach John Lazenby gave his team some hope during a timeout.

“I said ‘Guys, it’s a long game and they are not going to shoot that way the whole game,’” Lazenby said. “By golly we battled — down by 13 at half and have a one-point lead going into the fourth.”

Sure enough, Lazenby’s words rang true as Weleetka shot 3 for 13 from 3-point territory in the second half and Glencoe hit key shots to win 73-67 over the Outlaws to return to the Class A state championship game at Jim Norick State Fair Arena.

The teams met last year in the state championship, which Glencoe won 54-50. On Friday, Weleetka (26-4) made five 3-pointers in the first quarter alone. Glencoe didn’t make a field goal until 1:30 left and trailed 21-8 after the first. The Outlaws led by as many as 16 in the first half and held a 39-26 advantage.

Glencoe (28-0) turned up its defensive pressure in the second half and forced turnovers. With Andrew Kuhn in foul trouble, Claytin Beaver came into the game and got a steal and a layup which would start a 17-0 run by the Panthers. Jake Lazenby followed with a 3-pointer. Ty Lazenby hit a layup while being fouled to cut Weleetka’s lead to one. He then hit the ensuing free throw which the Glencoe crowd erupted in approval. Moments later, J.K. Hadlock gave the Panthers their first lead. Glencoe led 47-46 after three.

“Beaver came up big,” coach Lazenby said.

The fourth quarter was back-and-forth as both teams exchanged leads. Glencoe lead by five after a couple of made baskets by Ty Lazenby. Weleetka came back and tied the game at 57 on a 3-pointer by Montana Gormly.

Ty Lazenby put Glencoe back up by three with four free throws on two fouls. Hadlock got a steal and scored a layup to put Glencoe up by five. After a missed shot, Ty Lazenby was fouled and sank both free throws.

The Outlaws didn’t go away as two 3-pointers by Jackson Frye cut Glencoe’s lead to three with 30 seconds left. Jake Lazenby made three of four free throws down the stretch to seal the game.

“We were only up by two and I was thinking, this was still interesting,” coach Lazenby said. “(Jake) said (his free throws) are going down and we are going back to the (championship).”

Jake went 9 of 10 from the charity stripe in the fourth — including two with 14.2 seconds left to put Glencoe up by four. Jake finished with 25 points. Ty Lazenby, who was held to six points in the first half, finished with 25 and went 9 of 10 in free throw shooting.

“Ty, he’s just a freak,” coach Lazenby said.

The Panthers will face No. 11 Kiowa, which knocked off No. 5 Hollis 44-31 in the other semifinal match, in the championship at noon at State Fair Arena.

“They are both great ball clubs,” Lazenby said. “We just take it one at a time. There’s not much prep time, you just do what you do.”

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