By Andrew Glover
Stillwater News Press
STILLWATER, Okla. —
Many high school players dream of being the state tournament MVP and leading their team to a championship. Glencoe junior Ty Lazenby not only has done this once — he’s done it twice as he helped lead the Panthers to their second straight title and earned the News Press Boys Basketball MVP.
“It’s really special, not many people have the chance to do that,” Lazenby said. “We overcame a lot of adversity. To get to do it with my dad and brother made it special.”
After winning the state tournament MVP last season, Lazenby was more of a focus for opponents. Still, the junior was the team’s leading scorer for a second consecutive season. Lazenby said he just had to stay composed and relied on his teammates to open things up.
“I had people grabbing my jersey and I had to keep my cool,” Lazenby said. “I had help from my teammates. J.K. (Hadlock) and Jake (Lazenby) were out there to shoot 3’s. It opened up things for me.”
Lazenby said he had to learn when to distribute the ball and take it himself.
“If Andrew (Kuhn’s) man came and helped, I would get him the ball,” Lazenby said. “If J.K. or Sean (Smith’s) man helped, I would get them the ball.”
Lazenby wasn’t just a leader on the stat sheet, he was also the emotional leader and would get his team fired up — which was key in the state semifinals when Glencoe rallied from 16 points down.
“I play with a lot of emotion,” Lazenby said. “Once we get on a run, we’re hard to stop. When I get fired up, it gets everyone else fired up.”
In the state championship against Kiowa, Lazenby carried the Panthers — scoring 37 points. The junior said he just took advantage of the defense.
“We saw they were playing a man defense,” Lazenby said. “We knew the lane would be open. J.K. and Jake both hit threes. It was really fun.”
After winning two championships with his brother Jake, Ty will get to play with his younger brother Trey next season as Glencoe goes for a three-peat.
“It will be fun,” Lazenby said. “I will look forward to working with him and play with him. He will grow up to become a good player.”