LATTA — The Latta Panthers got off to a slow start against Konawa Tuesday night inside the Latta Panther Fieldhouse.
They recovered quite nicely.
The Panthers held Konawa to a single field goal in the second quarter and trounced the Tigers 52-24.
Coach Matt Bryant’s team, ranked No. 2 in Class 2A, improved to 5-0 on the year, while Konawa starts off at 0-2.
In the girls contest, the host Lady Panthers had their hands full for three and a half quarters before making just enough stops down the stretch to defeat Konawa 37-28.
Coach Bruce Plunk’s team, ranked No. 17 in Class 2A, won for the second time this season to improve to 2-3, while the Lady Tigers — under the direction of new coach Ray Ardery — fell to 1-1.
Latta 52, Konawa 24
The Panthers were a little out of sync to start the game. Konawa led 9-6 after a baseline jumper by Seth Tanyan late in the first quarter. The Tigers trailed just 12-11 after Tanyan hit another jumper that bounced around and rolled in at the 4:28 mark of the second period.
Then, Latta started clicking.
A Randis Gray 3-pointer started a 10-0 LHS surge to end the second quarter with Central Oklahoma signee Trent Smith reeling off the final seven points in the run.
Smith followed Gray’s 3-pointer with a triple of his own off an assist by Jace Williams. He hit two free shots at the 1:56 mark of the second quarter that pushed the LHS advantage to 20-11.
Smith’s fast-break bucket with 10 seconds left in the period put Latta on top 22-11 at halftime.
Konawa was limited to one field goal and 1-of-8 shooting in the second quarter and Latta had forced 13 KHS turnovers by intermission and would end 21 miscues.
Tim Morris got a steal and layup to begin the third quarter for the Tigers, but Latta followed by scoring nine straight points. Elijah Factor hit a 3-pointer and followed that with a jumper to score the first five points of that LHS volley, before Smith hit a pair of free throws and then drained another 3-pointer to put the Panthers on top 31-13 at the 4:09 mark of the third frame.
Latta’s lead ballooned to 37-14 on yet another shot from downtown by Smith with 1:24 left in the period. Smith would finish with 32 points, including six 3-pointers. He was also 6-of-8 from the free-throw line, had five rebounds, three steals and four blocked shots.
Konawa scored the final six points of the third period — the last four by Dyami Kilpatrick — to make it 37-20 heading into the final eight minutes.
Latta ended the game on a 15-4 run, including Ethan Elliott’s 3-pointer that ended the scoring.
After Smith’s monster night, no other Latta player scored more than Factor, who scored six points and had three rebounds and two steals.
Konawa got a team-high 12 points from Morris.
Latta is back in action at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Okemah Tournament. The Panthers will meet Classen SAS in a first-round matchup. The Tigers travel to Maud on Friday.
Latta 37, Konawa 28
Konawa kept within striking distance through three quarters and when Kayden King scored on a putback to open the fourth period, the Lady Tigers trailed just 29-26.
However, Konawa would score just one more bucket the rest of the way — a free-throw line jumper by Kim Soar at the 4:19 mark. Her basket got the visitors within 31-28.
Shelby Garrett gave Latta a little breathing room with a 3-pointer and a jumper by Emma Epperly pushed the LHS advantage to 36-28 with 2:47 left. Grace Reeves ended the scoring with a free throw with just 45 seconds to play.
“We felt like the game had fallen the way we wanted it to, we just couldn’t finish at the rim and make shots when we needed to,” said Konawa first-year coach Ray Ardery. “We thought we played well enough defensively to win the game, just wasn’t good enough on the offensive side.”
The Lady Tigers shot just 19 percent from the first half (5-of-26) but trailed just 17-12 in the low-scoring affair. Frankie Soar (eight) and King (four) had all of Konawa’s points at the break. The rest of the team was a combined 0-of-15.
Reeves, a sophomore for Latta, converted an old-fashioned three-point play with 49.9 seconds left in the third quarter to put the home team ahead 29-22, but Shelby Gentry scored on a putback after a steal in the closing seconds to get Konawa within five heading into the fourth period.
Frankie Soar, Konawa’s post player, led the KHS attack with 14 points, eight rebounds, three steals and three blocked shots. King followed with eight points and eight boards.
Epperly scored 11 points to pace Latta, while Chloe Brinlee followed with eight points, 10 rebounds, two steals and two blocks. Garrett also scored eight points for the Lady Panthers.
The two teams combined for 41 turnovers (Latta with 23 and Konawa with 18).
The Latta girls are now off until a Dec. 12 home matchup with Tishomingo.
Latta 37, Konawa 28
KONAWA 8 4 10 4 — 28
LATTA 13 4 12 8 — 37
KONAWA: Frankie 6-15, 2-2, 14; Kayden King 4-13, 0-0, 8; Charlene Galimba 1-7, 0-0, 2; Shelby Gentry 1-11, 0-0, 2; Kim Soar 1-2, 0-0, 2. Totals: 13-61, 2-3, 28.
LATTA: Emma Epperly 5-13, 1-1, 11; Chloe Brinlee 4-13, 0-1, 8; Shelby Garrett 3-5, 0-0, 8; Grace Reeves 1-1, 2-3, 4; Carson Dean 1-1, 0-0, 2; Kendra Hisaw 0-1, 2-3, 2. Totals: 15-38, 5-8, 37.
Turnovers: Konawa 18, Latta 23.
Steals: Konawa 16 (Galimba 5); Latta 8.
Rebounds: Konawa 38 (King 9); Latta 39 (Hisaw 10, Brinlee 10).
3-point goals: Konawa 0-9; Latta 2-7 (Garrett 2-4).
Fouled out: None.
Latta 52, Konawa 24
KONAWA 9 2 9 4 — 24
LATTA 6 16 15 15 — 52
KONAWA: Tim Morris 4-9, 3-5, 12; Seth Tanyan 3-6, 0-0, 6; Dyami Kilpatrick 1-4, 2-2, 4; Tsegaye Smith 1-1, 0-0, 2. Totals: 9-33, 5-9, 24.
LATTA: Trent Smith 10-19, 6-8, 32; Elijah Factor 2-5, 1-4, 6; Randis Gray 1-3, 0-0, 3; Ethan Elliott 1-1, 0-0, 3; Hayden Hoppe 1-4, 0-0, 2; Cord Humphrey 1-2, 0-0, 2; Jeran Ingram 1-1, 0-0, 2; Rylan Schlup 0-1, 2-2, 2. Totals: 17-39, 9-16, 52.
Turnovers: Konawa 21, Latta 16.
Steals: Konawa 5, Latta 13 (Smith 3).
Rebounds: Konawa 24 (Tanyan 5, Colton Campbell 5); Latta 33 (Smith 5, Braden Schroeder 5).
3-point goals: Konawa 1-6 (Morris 1-3); Latta 9-18 (Smith 6-11, Gray 1-1, Factor 1-2, Elliott 1-2).
Fouled out: None.