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December 30, 2013

Latta puts clamps on Tishomingo

Ada —    In a Mid-America rematch from a game played inside the Bill Johnson Field House on Dec. 17, Latta, earned another victory over Tishomingo by a 38-22 score Friday at inside East Central University’s Kerr Activities Center.

   “It was a dogfight in the first half,” said Latta head coach David Tinkler. “We controlled the tempo better in the second half and got to the line a lot. I thought we did a great job of getting to their shooters. It was a good win.”

   The game was fairly close throughout, as both teams faced a cold shooting night. The two teams shot a combined 20 percent from the field for the game.     Seventeen of Latta’s points came from the free-throw line, as they were 17-of-28. Latta’s free throws and tenacious defense in the final minutes proved too much for Tishomingo.

   It was nearly three minutes before either team got on the board. Latta struck first when Lainie Baker hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key for the early 3-0 lead.    After a miss by Tishomingo, Baker hit another basket just inside the arc for a 5-0 lead.

   Carolyne Lawley was fouled inside by Baker, who committed her second quick personal foul, and hit both free throws to put Tish on the board at 5-2. Chelsea Wilkinson then scored to bring Tish to within one at 5-4 with 3:45 on the clock. Both teams went scoreless until Shelbey Parnacher hit two free throws with nine seconds to play for a 7-4 lead at the end of the first quarter.

   Tish got to within one at the beginning of the second after Lawley hit a jumper off the glass on the baseline at the 7:05 mark. Tish went ahead 8-7 after Lawley hit two more free shots at the 4:37 mark.

   Latta went back on top after Laramie Edens nailed two from the line with 4:11 on the clock. Parnacher extended Latta’s lead to three after hitting two more free throws for an 11-8 score.

   Destiny Justus hit one of two from the line with 1:58 left in the half. Baker then made a nice assist to Sydney Brinlee for a 13-9 Latta lead. The final score of the half was a putback by Infiniti Cheadle with 1:16 on the clock. Neither team could connect the final minute of the half, resulting in a combined shooting of 17 percent from the field.

   The first basket of the second half came off a basket by Brinlee with 7:35 on the clock and a 15-11 Latta lead. Baker hit 1-of-2 from the line for the 16-11 lead at the 7:06 mark. The Lady Panthers extended their lead to 19-11 with 5:25 on the clock after a 3-pointer from the right corner by Parnacher.

   Lawley scored the first bucket of the quarter for Tish at the 5:01 mark. Edens then drained a three on the other end to push the score to 22-13. At the 2:18 mark, Wilkinson threw in a prayer to trim the lead to 22-15. Brinlee was fouled with 1:06 on the clock and hit one of two for the 23-15 Latta lead. The shooting woes continued, as neither team connected the remainder of the quarter.

   Tish cut the lead to six at 23-17 at the 6:40 mark of the fourth off a nice drive by Justus. On the other end, Edens was fouled and hit a free throw for a 24-17 score.

   Cheadle was fouled on an offensive rebound and hit one of two to get Tish within six at 24-18 with 5:47 on the clock.

   On a fast break, Edens was fouled and hit both charity shots to up the lead to 26-18. Justus picked up her fifth personal foul at the 4:42 mark for Tish. After a block by Edens, Lawley grabbed the ball and scored to get Tish back within six at 26-20.

   Latta then had a nice pass from Krisha Young to Edens down low for the 28-20 lead with 3:40 to go.

   Tish called a full timeout but then turned the ball over on their possession. Parnacher was fouled again at the 3:06 mark and hit both free throws to build a double-digit lead at 30-20. Tish missed a long 3-point attempt, but Cheadle came up with a big steal and made a pass to Kailee Thomas to cut the lead to 30-22.

   Baker was fouled by Lawley, who picked up her fifth personal and made one free shot to extend the Latta lead to nine at 31-22 with 2:21 on the clock. After a Tish turnover, Taryn Wood was fouled but could not hit either free-throw attempt. After another turnover, Edens was fouled and once again calmly sank two free throws for a 33-22 lead.

   ShiAnn Henderson stole the ball but missed her shot attempt. Young grabbed the rebound and was fouled on the putback. She converted the traditional three-point play for a 36-22 lead.

   Parnacher later came up with a steal and went coast to coast for a layup to push the LHS advantage to 38-22 with just 1:03 to play.

   Latta was led in scoring by Edens with 12 points. Parnacher chipped in 11, and Baker contributed seven. Baker also pulled down seven boards. Brinlee had five points and also pulled down seven rebounds.

   Tishomingo was led by Lawley with 10 points.

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