BETHANY — From offseason team camps to preseason scrimmages and into the season, the Glencoe and Cheyenne-Reydon boys basketball teams seem to always cross paths in tough competition on the court.
This time, it was in the state tournament, and it was Glencoe's turn to walk away victorious.
Kagen Castlebury's hot start plus Ty Lazenby's strong finish equaled victory for the Panthers on Thursday, knocking off defending champion Cheyenne-Reydon 73-56 in the first round of the Class A state basketball tournament at Southern Nazarene University.
“We battle with them every time we see them,” Glencoe coach John Lazenby said. “We're real familiar with each other. When you have good programs, there's that rivalry, and we go hard against each other.”
Castlebury, a senior guard made three 3-pointers in the first quarter and had 16 of his 20 points by halftime as Glencoe took a 40-34 advantage into the locker room. Lazenby, a 6-foot-4 sophomore, had 16 second-half points on his way to 25 for the game.
“Kagen set the tone,” John Lazenby said. “You hate to think about ‘what if,' but if Kagen doesn't come out stroking it, the game could have been a lot different. But we'll take it.”
Cheyenne-Reydon hung close for much of the second half, trailing 57-53 with just over five minutes to play before Glencoe ignited on a 16-3 run to close the game.
Junior Braygan Lippencott had a game-high 26 points to lead Cheyenne-Reydon, which closed the season at 23-7.
“We always battle hard against each other, but I thought it was so classy when we were going through the line shaking hands, all of their guys were hugging our guys and telling us to go win it now,” John Lazenby said. “It's the good side of a rivalry. They're brokenhearted. We're elated. But somebody's got to lose, and that was really nice to see.
Glencoe (29-1) will face the Wright City/Sterling winner at noon Friday in the semifinals at State Fair Arena.