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Latta teams fall on first day in Kingston

Jan. 6—KINGSTON — The Latta High School girl's basketball team got off to a cool start, didn't shoot the ball very well, and had a few too many turnovers during their first-round game against Silo Thursday afternoon at the 13th Annual New Year's Classic in Kingston.

However, they still had their chances to knot the score or go ahead late before the Lady Rebels finally hung on for a slim 29-26 victory.

"We came out really slow and couldn't get it going," Latta head coach Clay Plunk told The Ada News. "I didn't do a very good job of getting us prepared, and it showed. We have to eliminate the unforced mistakes and stop getting in our own way."

The Lady Panthers fell into consolation play at 7-5, while Silo advanced to the semifinals at 6-4.

In a boys' first-round game, Latta kept pace with athletic Marlow for most of the game before the Outlaws finally corralled the Panthers in a 48-32 win.

Coach Matt Bryant's club ranked No. 16 in Class 2A, dropped to an even 6-6 while Marlow improved to 5-4.

GIRLS

Silo 29, Latta 26

The Lady Panthers fell into early 9-2 and 12-4 holes but recovered nicely by ending the second quarter on an 8-3 run to pull within 15-12 by halftime.

Latta managed just a pair of free throws by Kelby Parnacher during the first seven minutes of the second quarter. However, Parnacher scored on a fast-break basket after a steal and assist by Jayse Smith that trimmed the Silo advantage to 22-16 heading into the fourth quarter.

Kate Williams hit a 3-pointer and followed that will a layup that brought Latta all the way back to a 24-24 tie with 3:29 left in the game.

Makayla Clark buried a big triple for the Lady Rebels with 2:43 remaining to put her team back on top.

On Latta's next possession, post player Jakobie Worcester was fouled after scoring a bucket in the paint but couldn't convert the three-point play and the Lady Panthers trailed 27-26 with 1:34 left.

Silo's Kynleigh Pierce hit one of two free throws with 1:05 showing to put her team ahead 28-26. The Lady Panthers had a couple of late possessions to tie or take the lead but came up empty.

Following one more free throw by Pierce, Latta got one final opportunity but Worcester's contested 3-point attempt at the buzzer was off the mark.

Parnacher finished with seven points and five steals to lead the LHS effort. Worcester followed with six points and six rebounds.

Pierce paced Silo with 11 points and hit 5-of-8 free throws. Clark was next with nine points, including a pair of 3-pointers.

Silo finished 6-of-11 from the free-throw line and Latta connected on just 6-of-13 free shots.

BOYS

Marlow 48, Latta 32

The Panthers got off to a worse start than their female counterparts as Marlow bolted to a 15-3 lead to start the game.

Latta clawed back, thanks in part to three long first-quarter 3-point baskets by Sam Brown and his last triple got the Panthers within 15-10 heading into the second period.

Marlow again stretched its lead to double figures at 20-10, but Latta scored the next five points and Parker Pogue's 3-point basket trimmed the LHS deficit to 20-15 at the halfway point of the second quarter.

Marlow grabbed a 26-18 lead early in the third period but again, Latta was able to stay close.

Deakon Smith hit a pull-up jumper and then scored on a drive to the basket to cut the Marlow advantage to 26-22 at the 3:26 mark of the third period.

The Outlaws used a 7-1 spurt to end the frame and led 33-23 heading into the fourth quarter.

Caymen Smith sank a 3-pointer for Latta with just under six minutes left to make it 35-28, but that's as close as the Panthers could get. Marlow ended the game on a 13-4 run.

After Brown hit the three first-quarter treys, he scored just three total points the rest of the way and led the Panthers with 12 points. He also had eight rebounds and a pair of steals. Deakon Smith scored seven points and tracked down five rebounds and Caymen Smith hit a pair of 3-pointers for six points.

Marlow got 14 points from Blayd Harris, 13 points from Boyles and 11 points from Kaden Harris, who also had four steals.

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By The Numbers

Thursday, Jan. 4

GIRLS

New Years Classic

At Kingston

First Round

Silo 29, Latta 26

SILO 9 6 7 7 — 29

LATTA 4 8 4 10 — 26

SILO: Kynleigh Pierce 3-7, 5-8, 11; Makayla Clark 3-7, 1-2, 9; Avery Beauchamp 2-3, 0-0, 4; Harlie Gardner 1-4, 0-0, 3; Ryleigh Pierce 1-3, 0-2, 2.Totals: 10-31, 6-11, 29.

LATTA: Kelby Parnacher 2-8 3-4, 7; Jakobi Worcester 3-4, 0-3, 6; Kate Williams 2-9, 0-0, 5; Jayse Smith 1-6, 1-2, 4; Savannah Senkel 1-4, 2-4, 4. Totals: 9-34, 6-13, 26.

Turnovers: Silo 16, Latta 18.

Steals: Silo 10 (R. Pierce 4); Latta 11 (Parnacher 5).

Rebounds: Silo 25 (Gardner 4); Latta 33 (Worcester 6).

3-point goals: Silo 3-12 (Clark 2-6, Gardner 1-3); Latta 2-12 (Wiliams 1-5, Smith 1-3).

Fouled out: None.

BOYS

New Years Classic

At Kingston

First Round

Marlow 48, Latta 32

MARLOW 15 7 11 15 — 48

LATTA 10 8 5 9 — 32

MARLOW: Blayd Harris 6-10, 0-0, 14; Parker Boyles 6-11, 0-0, 13; Kaden Harris 4-9, 2-2, 11; Jackson Miller 1-2, 2-2, 4; Mason Holding 2-6, 0-0, 4; Kagun Mahaffey 1-2, 0-0, 2. Totals: 20-46, 4-4, 48.

LATTA: Sam Brown 4-8, 1-3, 12; Deakon Smith 2-9, 3-4, 7; Caymen Smith 2-6, 0-0, 6; Parker Pogue 1-6, 0-0, 3; Gestin Pollard 1-1, 0-0, 2; Aiden Batterton 1-1, 0-0, 2. Totals: 11-37, 4-7, 32.

Turnovers: Marlow 6, Latta 14.

Steals: Marlow 9 (Harris 4); Latta 5.

Rebounds: Marlow 23 (B. Harris 5); Latta 28 (Brown 8).

3-point goals: Marlow 4-16 (B. Harris 2-6, K Harris 1-2, Boyles 1-2); Latta 6-20 (Brown 3-6, Smith 2-4, Pogue 1-6).

Fouled out: None.