ROFF – Trent Smith scored 14 points and knocked down two 3-point shots, and Randis Gray followed with 13 points, including one trey, as the Latta Panthers registered a big fourth quarter and claimed a 63-60 decision over the host Roff Tigers on Tuesday night.
Latta, with a 16-14 edge after one quarter, saw Roff go on an 18-9 run in the second in snatching a 32-25 halftime lead. The Panthers were down 50-45 heading into the fourth.
“We came out in the second half and did some good things. Roff did a good job, but every time they made a run at us, we were able to respond,” said Latta head coach Matt Bryant.
The Panthers outscored the Tigers, 18-10, in the fourth in securing the win.
“Adam Jordan went down (rolled ankle) in the first quarter and Smith fouled out, but we had a lot of guys step up off the bench,” Bryant said. “I’m pretty proud of how we handled adversity.”
Joining Latta’s balanced scoring were Hayden Hoppe with nine, Hyatt Hoppe and Ethan Elliott with eight apiece and Elijah Factor with seven. Elliott drained a pair of 3-pointers, and Factor nailed one long-range shot.
Dayne Bowerman poured in a game-high 23 points, for Roff as he drilled four 3-point baskets. Brady Benedict followed with nine points and Conner Priest chipped in seven.
The Panthers improved to 3-0 on the season, and the Tigers dropped to 4-2.
Latta 55, Roff 25
Kendra Hisaw tallied 12 points, including one trey, and Emma Epperly had 11 as the Lady Panthers rolled to their first win against two losses.
“We were glad to get our first win. We played a pretty good third quarter and finally found our rhythm,” said Latta head coach Bruce Plunk.
Chloe Brinlee added eight points for the Lady Panthers. Shelby Garrett followed with five points, including one 3-pointer, and three steals. Tawni Wood didn’t get into the scoring column for the winners, but she collected six rebounds and three steals.
Kaylea Ensey tossed in a game-leading 16 points for Roff, which fell to 2-4 on the season.
Latta opened the game with a 14-7 first quarter, led 21-9 at halftime and went on a 20-5 run through the third quarter in capturing a 41-14 advantage.
The Latta teams visit local rival Byng on Friday night, while Roff is at home with Maud.