LATTA — Dalton Brown scored eight points during an 18-5 second quarter run and finished with 13 points to lead the Latta Panthers to a 61-45 victory over the Dickson Comets at Bill Johnson Field House Friday night.

Jeremi Corell added 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Panthers. In the girls’ game, Keisha Williams scored 20 points, grabbed five boards and had three steals to lead the Latta Lady Panthers to a 55-32 victory over Dickson.

Latta (6-2) held a 32-19 lead at halftime and quickly extended to a 37-19 lead with 7:01 left in the third quarter. Dickson (1-5) refused to go away and used an 11-0 run, paced by Ryan Cargal’s five points, to get within 37-30 at the 2:30 mark. A 9-0 run by Latta pushed the lead back to 46-31, but the Comets weren’t done yet. Cargal hit a pair of treys early in the fourth quarter as Dickson drew within 48-43 after a 12-2 run. Reed Johnson answered with a trey and Latta scored their final nine points on free throws to hold off Dickson and complete a 23-point victory.

“Early in the ball game we were struggling to get a handle on them a little bit,” Latta head coach Donnie Husband said. “We had to figure out matchups and what we needed to do. We were going against their zone and took a while to find some gaps. Getting Reed in the game helped us quite a bit since he’s one of our better three-point shooters. We eventually got more active and that allowed us to get into a flow and it got better. In the second half with a good lead, we kind of got shot-happy and started standing around and didn’t move very well. Eventually we got to the inside-out with a little bit of movement and once we did that we were able to pull away.”

Dickson jumped out to an 8-2 lead with 3:40 left in the first quarter. Nick Bean scored six points during the run for the Comets. Latta answered with a 10-2 run capped by Reed Johnson’s three-pointer to take a 12-10 lead. Bean nailed a long trey to end the first quarter tied at 14. Latta’s defense took over in the second quarter holding Dickson to just five points. A 15-2 run pushed the lead to 29-16 with 2:15 left before the break. Dalton Brown scored six points and Tanner Wear hit a trey. Bean got another trey for Dickson before a free throw and basket by Latta pushed their lead to 32-19 at halftime.

Bean finished with a game-high 18 points and Cargal added 13 points for the Comets. Johnson finished with 13 points and six boards for the Panthers.

Latta 55, Dickson 32

The Lady Panthers (4-4) held a slim 24-19 lead at the break, but opened the third quarter with a 10-0 run and eventually led by 19 at 43-24. Skyler Jenson scored eight point and Autumn Lawrence added a trey in the third quarter to pace Latta. Ally Mays dropped in a three-pointer midway through the quarter, but it wasn’t nearly enough. The Lady Comets (0-6) would get no closer than 19 in the fourth quarter.

“We let an 11 or 12 point lead slip away in the second quarter,” Lady Panther head coach David Tinkler said. “It wasn’t because we weren’t getting shots, we just couldn’t get anything to fall. We got a little bittle rushed and antsy instead of being patient and let everything happen. We threw up some shots that we didn’t need to take right there instead of being patient and making them work a little bit. Probably the best thing we did all night was play well defensively. We did a good job on the boards (outrebounded them 33-21). We lost our last couple of games, so it was good to get back on track.”

Latta moved in front 24-9 midway through the second quarter, but Dickson answered with a 10-0 run to end the first half trailing 24-19. Courtney Dodson scored eight points in the run for the Lady Comets. She would finish with 12 points and five rebounds for Dickson. Jenson scored 18 points and added eight boards to lead the Lady Panthers.

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