When Glencoe coach John Lazenby's team went against Brad Thrash's Cheyenne/Reydon squad Thursday in Bethany, it wasn't the first Lazenby-Thrash showdown.
Lazenby recalls one of the first, at State Fair Arena back in 2002.
A 3-on-3 battle for the ages.
“I was coaching Chattanooga girls, and Brad was at Dover,” Lazenby said. “We were gonna play each other in the semifinals at the Big House. But before the game, my three sons got out there on the court, and Brad's sons got out there, and they started playing a game of 3-on-3 right there on the court at the Big House.”
All of Thrash's sons have finished their high school careers, though Devon, is his assistant coach. Lazenby still has two sons — Jake and Ty — playing on his team this season.
The Lazenby family won Thursday's meeting, 73-56, over Thrash and Cheyenne.
Diesselhorst thrilled to give team experience
Pond Creek-Hunter coach Tasha Diesselhorst remembers how special it was playing in the state tournament.
Diesselhorst, who made her state tournament debut against Cheyenne on Thursday night in the Class A girls tournament, made the tournament for three seasons as a player at Medford.
Twice — as a freshman and again as a senior — Diesselhorst's teams advanced to the semifinals.
“It's nice to go as a player, but it's even better as a coach,” she said. “I wanted my girls to have that experience and to see them earn it has been very rewarding.”
The state tournament was a family affair for the coach.
Her father, Randy Turney, coached Burlington in the Class B boys state tournament earlier in the day.
Smith family making mark at Big Pasture
Sophomore Cameron Smith scored a game-high 24 points and had the winning basket in Big Pasture's victory over Moyers.
He is the brother of Trevor Smith, an All-State basketball player at Big Pasture who is now playing for Cameron University.
“Cameron is one of those kids that comes along ever once in a blue moon,”
Rangers' coach Nick Gable said. “Luckily for me, I had his brother and then him so I got it twice.”
Cameron and Trevor's sister, Lindsey, was an All-State volleyball player last year, Gable said.
“Good genes,” Gable said. “I told their mom I am running out of Smiths. She needs to help me out.”
CHEROKEE STRIP CONFERENCE WELL REPRESENTED
Three teams from the Cherokee Strip Conference made the state tournament, and a fourth just barely missed out.
“When you're talking about going through the conference tournament and playing Timberlake and Lomega and then Burlington also, going back-to-back-to-back you kind of got to be real sound in what you do your ownself,” Deer Creek-Lamont coach Chad Hutchison said earlier this week.
Deer Creek-Lamont, Lomega and Timberlake all played Thursday at Carl Albert High School in the quarterfinals.
Lomega, though, was the one team that advanced to the semifinals, edging Leedey 63-62 in a double-overtime thriller.