By Andrew Glover
STILLWATER, Okla. —
On Feb. 4, the Glencoe Panthers won their biggest game of the season, knocking off a then-undefeated Pawnee 73-62. Senior Kagen Castlebury played a key role in the victory as he nailed three 3-pointers in the first quarter.
“It was a big momentum swing,” Castlebury said. “It gave us a big lead early and helped us win.”
Castlebury said it was a pretty big deal to knock off Pawnee.
“They were highly ranked. They are a bigger school, they were also undefeated and it’s a big rivalry game,” Castlebury said.
Coach John Lazenby said Castlebury is definitely a key contributor, adding he does more than just score.
“He’s averaging 13 points per game and is our leading rebounder with 7.5,” Lazenby said. “He provides rebounding strength in the post area. He is so strong inside. He’s provided great senior leadership.”
A good example of Castlebury’s rebounding ability was in Saturday’s district championship against South Coffeyville. He only scored 2 points but hauled in a team-leading 7 rebounds.
“I just do whatever it takes to win,” Castlebury said. “I can make shots, rebound or make hustle plays.”
Throughout his high school playing career, Castlebury’s dad Stephen has been an assistant on the boys coaching staff.
“It’s pretty special,” Castlebury said. “We’ve won a lot of games together and have been in the state tournament.”
On Thursday, the Panthers begin play in the Class A regionals against Frontier and hope to preserve their undefeated record.
“It’s a positive thing,” Castlebury said. “We can’t get too hyped up about being undefeated because anyone can beat you at this point of the season. We just have to play level headed.”
Jake Lazenby, Glencoe
Landon Norman, Frontier
Kelsey Castlebury, Glencoe