Latta — The Latta boys’ inside-outside attack finally got rolling in the second half, allowing the Panthers to pull away from Konawa for a 51-25 win Tuesday night inside the new Latta Panther Fieldhouse.
The Panthers, ranked No. 2 in Class 2A, improved to 15-3 on the year while Konawa fell to 9-7.
The Latta girls started the sweep by racing past the Lady Tigers 61-16. The Lady Panthers (No. 8 in Class 2A) improved to 13-5 while Konawa slipped to 6-10.
Now they get to do it all over again. Tuesday’s matchup was a makeup date from a Dec. 10 meeting that was canceled due to weather. Latta travels to Konawa on Friday in a regularly scheduled matchup.
Latta boys coach Donnie Husband said he looks forward to tangling with Konawa head man Gordon Garner and his Tigers again.
“You kind of hate it in some ways, but in a lot of ways I like it. I think coach Garner’s the best. He’s gonna make some adjustments and whatever he does is going to make us better somewhere on down the road,” he said. “I enjoy playing them. They’ve been really good, and I think they’re coming on to be good again. He makes us a better team and makes me a better coach. I like playing against him.”
Latta 51, Konawa 25
The Panthers appeared determined to get the ball to their post players early in the contest and the Tigers kept Latta out of the paint for a while.
In fact, Latta led just 9-4 after a low-scoring first quarter. And after Brady Johnson buried a 3-pointer to start the second, Konawa answered with a conventional three-point play from Kix Walker — who pumped faked his man, drew the foul and made a basket inside — to stay with 12-7.
“We didn’t do a very good job of that early. I think the best way to play basketball was from the inside out — whether it’s driving it in there and kicking it out or throwing it in there,” Husband said.