Latta junior center Zac Albert came off the bench and scored four points, sandwiched around a steal and layup by Johnson. That 6-0 surge gave Latta its first double-digit lead at 18-7.
Treston Tully hit a short fadeaway and turned it into a three-point play 2.4 seconds before halftime to give Latta a 21-9 lead at the break.
Konawa stayed within striking distance for most of the third quarter. Silas Larney scored a fast-break basket to make it 27-17 and a conventional three-point play by Zach Snow kept the Tigers within 31-20 at the 2:05 mark of the third period.
Kade Hayes followed with a 3-pointer that started a 12-0 Latta spree that effectively put the game out of reach. Albert scored four more points during the run that ended with a shot from long range by Carter Kessinger that made it 43-20.
“I think both of us were a little flat at times, but I think in the end our experience came through a little bit,” Husband said. “We stayed patient and kept working and some good things started happening for us.”
Albert and starting big man Derek Epperly would score 10 points points each. Albert finished 4-for-4 from the line and 2-of-2 from the charity stripe.
“I thought Zac Albert came off the bench and gave us a spark. The other guys got some confidence to throw it in there, and he did a great job of showing Derek that we could score down in there. Derek was more aggressive in the second half. He was posting hard and catching the passes, and we probably made them on time a little better,” Husband said.
Johnson led all scorers with 12 points in Latta’s balanced attack. Tully just missed double digits with nine.
Larney and Walker scored seven points apiece for Konawa. The Panthers bottled up Konawa leader Snow, who had six points to go with six rebounds.