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The Class 2A #6 ranked Latta Lady Panthers used a tenacious defense to force 32 Stonewall turnovers en route to a 52-22 victory on Friday night at the Murphy Roberts Gymnasium.
Latta’s defense also held Stonewall to 7-of-28 (25 percent) shooting for the game. The Lady Panthers did not have a great offensive night as they were 20-62 (32 percent) from the field.
“We had a good defensive effort tonight. If we can ever get on track offensively, we can be a force. It was a good win before heading into the Mid America Classic next week,” said Latta head coach David Tinkler.
Stonewall did put the first point on the board off a free throw by Justice Dees. However, Latta went on a 10-0 run to lead 10-1 with 2:15 left in the first. The run was sparked by three buckets by Krisha Young and a basket by Sydney Brinlee.
Two free throws by Tana Davis at the 2:02 marked put the score at 10-3. Maria Priest scored on the other end for Latta. After two consecutive turnovers by Stonewall, Shelbey Parnacher scored to push the score to 14-3. The last point of the quarter was off a free throw by Mackenzie Davis of Stonewall for the 14-4 score at the end of the period.
Taylor Barrett hit a 3-pointer for Stonewall to start the second period and cut the lead to 14-7. Laramie Edens then hit two free throws for a 16-7 LHS advantage.
Another triple by Tana Davis got the Lady Longhorns to within six at 16-10 with 5:10 on the clock. Barrett missed two consecutive 3-pointers that could have got the hosts even closer, but Latta would then go on a game-changing 21-1 run to bury the Lady Longhorns.
Latta closed out the half with a 14-1 run to lead 30-11 at the half. At intermission Stonewall had already committed 19 turnovers.
“That type of defense is what my pups need to see every game. You either fight back or you get whipped,” said Stonewall head coach Brian Davis.
Latta pushed their lead to 37-11 in the early part of the third period. Parnacher drained a 3-pointer at the 6:40 mark followed by consecutive buckets by Taryn Wood.
Stonewall’s first bucket of the third quarter came at the 3:00 mark after a basket by Barrett. Sarah Monday then converted a traditional three-point play to get her team within 37-16. Parnacher hit another trey for Latta to push the LHS lead to 40-16.
In the fourth Stonewall scored the first two buckets of the period to cut the lead to 40-22 with 5:00 left. Those would be the last points Stonewall would manage for the game. Latta scored the final 12 points.
Nine different Latta players scored in the contest. Young led all scorers with 11 points. Wood contributed nine points, and Parnacher chipped in 8 points. Parnacher also had seven steals in the contest. Latta pulled down 39 rebounds in the game compared to 23 for Stonewall. Brinlee grabbed seven boards and Maria Priest pulled down six.
Stonewall was led in scoring by Barrett with seven points. Tana Davis chipped in five points.
Stonewall will be off until hosting Wanette Jan. 7. The Lady Longhorns were without the services of starter Shaina Bills, who was out with a wrist injury.
Latta was missing Nelaina Baker, who was nursing a sore knee. But Tinkler said the talented post player should be back next week when the Lady Panthers compete in the 37th annual Bertha Frank Teague Mid America Classic. Latta will face the Class A #1 ranked Cheyenne Lady Bears at 6:30 on Thursday, Dec. 26.
Latta 52, Stonewall 22
Latta 52, Stonewall 32
LATTA 14 16 10 12 — 52
STONEWALL 4 7 7 4 — 22
LATTA: Krisha Young 4-13, 0-0, 11; Taryn Wood 4-9, 0-0, 9; Shelbey Parnacher 3-9, 0-0, 8; Sydney Brinlee 3-9, 0-0, 6; Mycah Lynch 2-3, 0-0, 6; Laramie Edens 1-2, 2-2, 4; Maria Priest 2-5, 0-2, 4; Anna Wood 1-1, 0-0, 2; Katilyn Reeves 0-3, 2-4, 2; Totals: 20-62, 4-8, 52.
STONEWALL: Taylor Barrett 3-6, 0-0, 7; Tana Davis 1-3, 2-2, 5; Mackenzie Davis 1-8, 2-6, 4; Justice Dees 1-9, 1-4, 3; Sarah Monday 1-1, 1-1, 3; Totals 7-28, 6-13, 22.
Turnovers: Latta 13, Stonewall 32
Steals: Latta 17 (Parnacher 7), Stonewall 7
Rebounds: Latta 39 (Brinlee 7, Priest 6, Young 5); Stonewall 23 (Dees 9, Monday 4).
Assists: Latta 7 (Parnacher 3), Stonewall 2
3-point goals: Latta 8-31 (Young 3-10, Parnacher 2-7, Lynch 2-3, Wood 1-4); Stonewall 2-7 (Barrett 1-3, T. Davis 1-1).
Fouled out: None.