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Byng teams spoil Latta Senior Night with pair of victories

Feb. 15—LATTA — With leading scorer Alona Cooper sitting on the bench in street clothes nursing a sore shoulder, some Byng High School girl's basketball fans had to wonder where her points were going to come from against a tough foe like local rival Latta.

The answer: nearly everyone.

Four of five Byng's starters scored at least nine points and the short-handed Lady Pirates knocked off Latta 48-42 before a lively crowd Tuesday night inside the Latta Panther Fieldhouse.

"I thought we guarded well and we had people step up and want to score and that's what we have to have going into the playoffs," Byng head coach Luke Clark told The Ada News following the game. "It's kind of hard to Box-and-1 or Triangle-and-2 a team that has that many that can score. We'll have to have that (type of scoring) because that's what teams will try to do in the playoffs."

Byng won for the sixth time in its past seven games and ended the regular season at 16-9. Latta, ranked No. 18 in Class 2A, has now lost back-to-back tough rivalry games and fell to 15-10. Dale upended Latta 49-46 last week.

"Our kids really care about it. I kind of tried to play it down this week, but they care about it," Clark said. "I think those guys at Latta do a great job. We were just fortunate to come out with a win tonight."

The Byng boys ranked No. 19 in Class 4A, broke open a tight game with a big third-quarter run and rolled past Latta 45-28.

The Pirates improved to 18-7 heading into the playoffs, while Latta dropped to 10-14.

The Byng teams will begin their playoff runs with a trip to Broken Bow Friday night for Class 4A District Tournament action.

The Latta clubs are scheduled to host Wynnewood on Saturday for a pair of Class 2A District Tournament contests.

GIRLS

Byng 48, Latta 42

The game was nip-and-tuck well into the fourth quarter.

Latta post player Jakobi Worcester made a steal under the Latta basket and turned it into an old-fashioned three-point play with 3:23 left in the game to cut what had been a five-point Byng lead earlier in the period to 37-36.

Byng answered when Brylee Baird hit a giant 3-pointer on the Lady Pirates' next trip down the floor. That sparked a 9-1 BHS run that allowed the visitors to take control. That late surge was capped by six consecutive free throws from Torri Gustin, Baird, and Cadence Carlos that pushed the Byng advantage to 46-37 with just 28.3 ticks remaining on the clock.

Byng led 11-8 after the first quarter and the back-and-forth first half fittingly ended with a 16-16 tie after Jayse Smith sank a jumper with 23 seconds left in the second period.

Carlos broke a tie late in the third quarter with a 3-pointer that sent Byng to the fourth frame with a 30-27 lead. She led the balanced Byng offense with 12 points, canning 5-of-6 free throws.

Lani Meyers also hit double digits for the Lady Pirates with 10 points before fouling out.

Baird and freshman Blakely Miller contributed nine points and seven rebounds apiece for the BHS squad. Miller also had two steals. Sophomore Lorren Shaw canned two 3-pointers off the bench for Byng.

Latta freshman standout Jayse Smith came off the bench — Katon Turner got the starting nod for Senior Night — and scored a game-high 14 points for the home team. Worcester finished with 12 points, five rebounds, and two steals and went 4-of-5 from the free-throw line.

Kelbey Parnacher followed with seven points and Savannah Senkel ended up with four points, four rebounds, and four steals for Latta.

Byng finished 17-of-22 from the free-throw line and Latta made 8-of-10 attempts from the stripe. The Lady Pirates won the battle of the boards 32-24.

BOYS

Byng 45, Latta 28

Byng tried to deliver an early knockout blow by jumping out to leads of 11-0 and 16-4. But to their credit, the Panthers absorbed the early Byng salvo and used a 12-5 run to end the first half and claw within 21-16 at the break.

Latta sophomore Caymen Smith hit two 3-pointers during the LHS second-quarter comeback. He would make another triple in the third quarter and lead the Latta offense with nine points.

The Pirates took control for good by starting the third period on a 10-0 run to build a 31-16 advantage. That surge included six points from Malachi Schilreff and back-to-back buckets from Gary Raney.

Schilreff led the Byng attack with a game-high 17 points. Byng post player Bo Boatwright wreaked havoc on Latta in the paint all night, finishing with 12 points, 15 rebounds, and five blocked shots.

Gary Raney just missed double figures with nine points.

Sam Brown scored five points for Latta. Deakon Smith scored just four points but also had nine rebounds and four steals for the Panthers.

There were only seven total free throws attempted in the contest. Schillreff went 3-of-4 from the line for Byng and Latta missed all three of its free shots.

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By The Numbers

Tuesday, Feb. 13

GIRLS

At Latta

Byng 48, Latta 42

BYNG 8 8 11 15 — 42

LATTA 11 5 14 18 — 48

BYNG: Cadence Carlos 3-7, 5-6, 12; Lani Meyers 3-6, 3-6, 10; Brylee Baird 3-6, 2-2, 9; Blakely Miller 2-4, 5-6, 9; Lorren Shaw 2-3, 0-0, 6; Torri Gustin 0-3, 2-2, 2. Totals: 13-31, 17-22, 48.

LATTA: Jayse Smith 5-13, 1-1, 14; Jakobi Worcester 4-8, 4-5, 12; Kelbey Parnacher 2-6, 3-4, 7; Savannah Senkel 2-5, 0-0, 4; Preshaya Oliphant 1-2, 0-0, 3; Rakhia Booker 1-1, 0-0, 2. Totals: 15-47, 8-10, 42.

Turnovers: Byng 19, Latta 14.

Steals: Byng 4, Latta 13 (Senkel 4).

Rebounds: Byng 32 (Baird 7, Miller 7); Latta 24 (Worcester 5).

3-point goals: Byng 5-15 (Shaw 2-3, Carlos 1-4, Baird 1-2, Meyers 1-4); Latta 4-21 (Smith 3-6, Oliphant 1-2).

Fouled out: Meyers (B).

BOYS

At Latta

Byng 45, Latta 28

BYNG 16 5 12 12 — 45

LATTA 6 10 3 9 — 28

BYNG: Malachi Schilreff 7-15, 3-4, 17; Bo Boatwright 6-7, 0-0, 12; Gary Raney 4-8, 0-0, 9; Camby Poorbuffalo 1-1, 0-0, 3; Mark Birdshead 1-5, 0-0, 2; Jaymon Poorbuffalo 1-1, 0-0, 2. Totals: 20-43, 3-4, 45.

LATTA: Caymen Smith 3-7, 0-0, 9; Sam Brown 2-11, 0-2, 5; Deakon Smith 2-8, 0-0, 4; Hunter Price 1-5, 0-0, 2; Brody Williams 1-10, 0-1, 2; Reese Littlefield 1-1, 0-0, 2; Jerin James 1-1, 0-0, 2; Gestin Pollard 1-1, 0-0, 2. Totals 12-48, 0-3, 28.

Turnovers: Byng 13, Latta 11.

Steals: Byng 6 (Cooper McCage 3); Latta 8 (D. Smith 4).

Rebounds: Byng 36 (Boatwright 15); Latta 28 (D. Smith 9)

3-point goals: Byng 2-11 (G. Raney 1-2, C. Poorbuffalo 1-1); Latta 4-15 (C. Smith 3-5, Brown 1-6).

Fouled out: None.

Technical fouls: McCage (B); Littlefield (L).