GLENCOE — Earlsboro came out strong after the opening whistle, but once J.K. Hadlock began scoring for the Glencoe High School boys’ basketball team, he took over the contest.
Hadlock, a senior for Glencoe, scored 50 points in the Panthers’ home opener. He led all players as the Panthers (2-0) routed Earlsboro 111-78.
“Earlsboro is going to be a good team,” Glencoe coach John Lazenby said. “They’ve got some athletes and guys that can score. I don’t think the defenses were very good tonight, but I also think the offenses were good, too. If we can learn to play some defense somewhere, we’re going to be pretty good.”
Hadlock scored 32 of his game-high 50 points in the first half as Glencoe built a 58-32 lead at the break. The Glencoe guard made 12 of 16 shots and 4 of 7 free throws during the first half as he matched Earlsboro point for point.
He also helped Glencoe quickly dispose of the Wildcats during the first two minutes of the second half as he made his first four shots . Glencoe widened its margin to 33 points during those opening minutes before Earlsboro called a timeout to stop the run.
“The thing I said the other day about J.K. is he scores kind of quietly,” Lazenby said. “At half, my coaches told me he had 32 and I was blown away. What a great individual performance.
“In the locker room, I told the guys we don’t celebrate individual performances because basketball is a team game. But with team success comes individual success and I recognized J.K. for a great game. He’s averaging 41 a game through two games.”
Glencoe freshman Trey Lazenby also scored in double figures, despite fouling out of the game. He scored 23 points, 15 of which came in the first half. He made 7 of 16 shots, including a trio of three-pointers, on the night and 5 of 7 foul shots.
Junior Andrew Kuhn and sophomore Lyle Smith each added nine points each and grabbed seven and 11 rebounds, respectively, for the Panthers. Junior Dylan Billingslea also chipped in eight points in the win.
“The thing with Andrew is we have to keep him out of foul trouble,” Lazenby said. “I thought Lyle came in and gave us some good time in the post. We need Andrew in the game for his rebounding.”
Earlsboro started the game with a quick 10-0 run, thanks to five points from Elijah Stargell, who finished the game with 18 points. Hunter Johnson led the Wildcats with 21 points on 8 of 21 shooting from the field.
Once Glencoe got on the scoreboard, it quickly tied the game at 10-10. The Panthers took over soon after that as they never trailed again.
“They came out and jumped on us,” Lazenby said. “I told our kids (Earlsboro) can play. Of course, we got the ship righted and came back. Then we started building a bit and once we got some separation, I felt pretty good about the situation.”
Both teams combined to shoot 66 free throws on a night where nearly half a dozen players fouled out of the game. Both squad shots 66.6 percent from the stripe as Glencoe made 20 of 30 and Earlsboro sank 24 of 36 foul shots.
Glencoe will be back in action Tuesday when it hosts Paden at home.
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