By Andrew Glover
STILLWATER, Okla. —
The Glencoe Panthers enter regionals hoping to keep their undefeated record intact when it faces Frontier in Kellyville at 8 p.m. Thursday.
“In preparing for the playoffs I told my team that everyone is 0-0,” coach John Lazenby said. “You stub your toe a couple times it’s all for not. You can’t have mistakes and hiccups otherwise we’ll be breaking out the (baseball) bats pretty quick.”
The Mustangs (8-19) have won five of their last six games and won the Class A District 7 championship. Frontier coach Bob Weckstein said his team has shown improvement.
“We are gaining confidence through the experience,” Weckstein said. “We’ve been beat up a few times but haven’t quit.”
Lazenby said he has a lot of respect for Frontier even though his team has a significantly better record.
“A Weckstein-coached team is always going to play tough,” Lazenby said. “He’s had some strong teams in the past. We are taking it one game at a time.”
The Frontier Lady Mustangs (20-6) are hoping to defend their state championship opening regionals with Olive at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Kellyville. Frontier’s road to get back to state won’t be easy with most of the teams in its bracket ranked. According to OKRankings.com’s Feb. 5 rankings, Olive is ranked 20th, Davenport is 16th and Stonewall is 12th.
“It’s not the ideal draw for us,” Frontier coach Clay Stephens said. “We are going to have to play well.”
Stephens said his team understands that it has a target on its back.
“Everybody we will play knows we are pretty good,” Stephens said. “The girls are responding to that.”
The Bluejackets (20-4) hope to continue rolling as they open regionals with Cave Springs at 8 p.m. Thursday in Beggs.
“I feel good about our draw,” coach Josh Sumrall said. “If we play like we have been we got a really good chance of advancing.”
Since Christmas break, Coyle is 13-1. Sumrall said his team has gotten better with experience.
“The more games you play the more continuity you have,” Sumrall said. “Before Christmas break, we’ve only been out of football for three to four weeks. We’ve played a lot of games and our starting to peak.”
The Lady Bluejackets (16-8) face a tough regional with Timberlake who is ranked fifth in Class B. Coyle opens regionals with Timberlake who is ranked 15th. Coach Tom Webb said his opponents are tough but thinks his team is good too.
“We got to play good defense and move the ball around and be patient on shots,” Webb said.
The Glencoe Lady Panthers (13-14) are fighting to keep their season alive as they start play in consolation against Henryetta-Wilson.
“We have a very winnable game,” coach Stephen Castlebury said. “We have to shoot better than Saturday night. We shot one for 24 in the second half.”
The Mulhall-Orlando Lady Panthers (3-16) are also facing elimination as they start play in the Class B Regional consolation against Copan. Coach Joline Oldenburg said her team has to be ready to compete.
“They have good shooters and we are going to try a new defensive strategy to slow them down,” Oldenburg said. “I think we have the factor inside but they have three guards that are pretty quick.”
The Mulhall-Orlando Panthers (19-6) open regionals with Deer-Creek Lamont at 8 p.m. Thursday in Shidler. Calls to coach Alex Beene weren’t returned.
Both Agra basketball teams are in the Class A consolation bracket. The girls visit Macomb at 1:30 p.m. Thursday and the boys face Paoli at 3:30 p.m. in Macomb. If both Agra teams win, they will play on their home floor on Friday. Calls to coach Chad Dickerson and Jon Peveler were not returned.