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Latta squads roll past Konawa twice

Jan. 25—LATTA — The Latta Lady Panthers didn't allow more than six points in any quarter and rolled past Konawa 54-19 Tuesday night inside the Latta Panther Fieldhouse.

The Lady Panthers, ranked No. 17 in Class 2A, improved to 11-8 on the year, while Konawa left town at 3-8.

Latta also secured a comfortable win in the boys' contest, taming the Tigers 59-22.

Coach Matt Bryant's club improved to 8-9 on the season, while Konawa — coming off winning the championship at the Bowlegs Tournament last week — stumbled to 4-10.

Both Latta teams travel to Atoka Friday night, while Konawa heads to Wayne.

GIRLS

Latta 54, Konawa 19

Latta opened up a 17-6 lead after the first quarter and limited Konawa to just two points in the second period on the way to a 33-8 halftime lead. The Lady Panthers outscored the visitors 21-11 the rest of the way.

"The girls did a good job tonight pushing the tempo and allowing us to get out in transition," said Latta head coach Clay Plunk. "They always play hard and that's what makes coaching this team so much fun."

Jayse Smith led a balanced Latta offense with 12 points and was the only LHS player to reach double figures. She hit a pair of 3-pointers.

Paislee Anderson also made two 3-point baskets and scored nine points for the hosts. Kelbey Parnacher and Kate Williams followed with eight points apiece. Williams made one triple. A total of 11 different LHS players reached the scoring column.

Melena Whitekiller led Konawa with 10 points. No other KHS player hit double figures. Abby Brimm made a 3-point shot for the Lady Tigers.

BOYS

Latta 59, Konawa 22

The Panthers sped to a 16-6 first-quarter lead and extended that advantage to 32-10 by halftime. Latta outscored Konawa 15-4 in the third period to build a commanding 47-14 lead.

Sam Brown paced the LHS offense with 15 points and also had three assists and two steals. Deakon Smith also reached double figures for Latta with 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field. Smith also had seven rebounds.

Caymen Smith hit three 3-point baskets for all nine of his points.

Jerin James had three of 10 Latta steals in the contest.

Tyler Whitley scored six points to pace the KHS offense. Cason Foster made his team's only 3-point shot in 16 attempts.