Vanoss — The Class 2A top-ranked Latta Panthers forced 26 turnovers and had a commanding 30-15 rebounding advantage in rolling to a 59-17 victory over the host Vanoss Wolves on Tuesday night.
Junior guard Treston Tully tossed in a game-high 12 points, pulled down six rebounds and registered five steals as Latta limited Vanoss to single-digit scoring in each quarter.
Joining Tully in double figures was senior guard Kade Hayes with 10, including a pair of 3-point jumpers. Junior forward Derek Epperly finished with nine points and senior center Ryan Stockton ended up with eight.
Though Brogan Cantrell finished with just a single point, he did hand out a game-high five assists to help fuel the offense.
“We got to play a lot of kids and got a lot into the game,” said Latta Head Coach Donnie Husband. “I don’t think we played very well in the first half. We played a little too fast, and forced things. But we battled and made some shots in the third quarter.”
The Panthers had five 3-pointers on the night as Brady Johnson, Carter Kessinger and Tanner Smith nailed one apiece. Johnson and Kessinger ended up with five points each as Latta improved to 3-0 on the season.
Trae McGinnis topped Vanoss with six points and Blake Cooper tacked on five, including the team’s only trey.
The Panthers had a 9-1 lead after the first quarter and cruised to a 23-6 halftime advantage. Latta then outscored the Wolves, 24-7, in the third as Latta led, 47-13, going into the fourth.
LATTA 58, VANOSS 8 (Girls)
The sixth-ranked Latta Lady Panthers, behind a strong defensive effort, received 12 points from junior Krisha Young and 10 out of Laramie Edens, in rolling to the road victory.
Young, who sank a pair of 3-pointers, also finished with four rebounds and three assists while Edens snatched six rebounds as the Lady Panthers kept their perfect record intact at 3-0.
“We were a little sluggish in the first half. We had trouble getting started, even though we held them to three points in the first half,” said Latta Head Coach David Tinkler. “We finally got untracked (offensively) in the second half. But it was a real strong defensive effort, without a doubt.”
Also for the Lady Panthers, Shelbey Parnacher tossed in eight points and recorded four steals while Nelaina Baker chipped in seven points and pulled down five boards. Kaitlyn Reeves also totaled four steals to go with her four points (including a trey) and Diamond Hill knocked down a 3-pointer and handed out three assists.
Taylor Smith led the Lady Wolves with three points.
Latta jumped out to a 12-0 advantage after one quarter and led 20-3 at the break. The Lady Panthers outscored Vanoss, 23-1, in the third to take a 43-4 lead into the fourth.
“When you don’t come ready to play against a top 10 team, this is what happens to you,” said Vanoss Head Coach Dillon Snow. “Latta is a great team and will rack up a lot of wins this season. This one is over. We have to move on and get better.”
The next action for Latta will be next Tuesday, Dec. 3, at home against Lone Grove. Vanoss will play in the Pontotoc Conference Tournament at Calvin next week. The Vanoss girls face host Calvin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday while the Vanoss boys battle Allen at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
Tuesday, Nov. 26
Latta 58, Vanoss 8
LATTA 12 8 23 15 -58
VANOSS 0 3 1 4 -8
LATTA: Krisha Young 12, Laramie Edens 10, Shelbey Parnacher 8, Nelaina Baker 7, Maria Priest 6, Kaitlyn Reeves 4, Anna Wood 4, Diamond Hill 3, Jordyn Scott 3, Shianna Henderson 1.
VANOSS: Taylor Smith 3, Summer Hutson 2, Sarah Barnett 2, Crystal Frederick 1.
3-point goals: Young 2, Reeves, Hill (L).
Fouled out: none
Latta 59, Vanoss 17
LATTA 9 14 24 12 -59
VANOSS 1 5 7 4 -17
LATTA: Treston Tully 12, Kade Hayes 10, Derek Epperly 9, Ryan Stockton 8, Brady Johnson 5, Carter Kessinger 5, Tanner Smith 3, Zac Albert 2, Walter Chandler 2, Landon Lynch 2, Brogan Cantrell 1.
VANOSS: Trae McGinnis 6, Blake Cooper 5, Byrd 2, Ricky Hall 2, Dayton Phillips 1, Jake Grimm 1.
3-point goals: Hayes 2, Johnson, Kessinger, Smith (L).
Fouled out: none