The Latta Panthers had a bad taste in their mouths after their 46-43 loss to Atoka in the finals of the Kingston New Year’s Classic last Saturday. Tuesday night inside the Bill Johnson Field House, they got a little revenge on the Wampus Cats.
The Panthers started the game on an incredible 23-0 run and went on to bury Atoka 75-47.
It was at the 3:30 mark of the first quarter before Atoka managed its first basket of the game.
During the first quarter, Latta shot a blistering 13-of-17 (76 percent) from the field and was 31-of-47 (66 percent) overall for the game. The Panthers hit an even more amazing 10-of-13 3-point attempts while out rebounding Atoka 23-17.
“As good as we shot, our defense in the first eight minutes of the game was tremendous. We took pride in our defense, and it led to shooting well offensively,” said Latta head coach Donnie Husband,
Latta, which dropped from No. 5 to No. 7 in the Class 2A rankings after the loss to Atoka, improved to 12-2 while the Wampus Cats dropped to 7-5.
In the girls contest, the Lady Panthers were victorious as well as they moved past Atoka 31-27. Even though Latta shot just 11-of-42 (26 percent) from the field, the Lady Panthers forced 22 turnovers and outrebounded Atoka 26-17.