No. 10 Apache avoids upset by Latta boys

Mar. 2—CHICKASHA — When Latta post player Hunter Price scored at the end of a fast break to open the fourth quarter, it appeared the Panthers had No. 10 Apache on the ropes during their Class 2A Area Tournament battle Saturday night at Chickasha High School.

That big bucket gave Latta a 37-33 lead over the Warriors. As it turned out, the Panthers wouldn't score again in a 41-37 loss to Apache.

The Warriors kept their season alive at 20-7 on the year, while Latta is done at 13-16 after a solid playoff run.

Apache 41, Latta 37

Apache finished the game on an 8-0 run but didn't secure the game until Dayton Scott hit a pair of free throws with 4.7 seconds left.

Latta had a chance to tie or take the lead following a timeout with 12.7 seconds left, but a 3-pointer by sharpshooter Carter Dotson banked off the backboard.

Apache led 33-30 late in the third period before Deakon Smith rebounded his own missed 3-pointer and scored on a putback. Parker Pogue followed by drilling a triple with 18 seconds left in the period to put Latta ahead 35-33 and give the Panthers momentum heading into the fourth frame.

Apache finally took the lead for good when Houston Herrin scored on a drive to the basket with 2:06 left which put his team ahead 38-37.

The Warriors raced out to a 17-7 lead to start the game, but Latta weathered that storm and outscored Apache 11-5 in the second period to get within 22-18 at halftime.

Sam Brown scored five straight points for Latta early in the third quarter and his layup off a nice feed by Deakon Smith had trimmed the LHS deficit to 25-23 with just over six minutes left and it was anyone's game from that point on.

Brown led all scorers with 13 points for Latta. He finished 3-of-4 from the free-throw line and also had seven rebounds. Deakon Smith registered a double-double for the Panthers with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Pogue hit a pair of 3-pointers for his six points.

Apache standout senior Dominick Scott scored 12 points but 10 of those came in the first quarter. Jaycob McConnell and Herrin added six points apiece for the Warriors.

Apache made just 6-of-13 free throws, while Latta finished 7-of-8 from the line.