Ada — The Cheyenne Lady Bears showed why they are ranked No. 1 in Class A as they cruised past local 2A powerhouse Latta 47-31 Thursday at the 2013 Mid-America Classic.
Cheyenne forced the Lady Panthers to play an uptempo game that resulted in Latta shooting a dismal 13-of-51 (25.4%) from the field.
And Ironically it was sophomore point guard Morgan Latta who did a lot of the damage for the Lady Bears. She would finish with 12 points to lead Cheyenne’s balanceds scoring attack.
Cheyenne got on the board first when Kate Sanders made a nice assist to fellow junior, Taylor Swisher at the 6:25 mark. After a Latta turnover Monti Sappenfield knocked down a three to go up 5-0.
Latta got on the board at the 4:30 mark after Shelbey Parnacher found Lainie Baker in the paint for a 5-2 score. Cheyenne scored on the other end when Kaylie Springer found Kate Sander on the post for a 7-2 advantage with 4:00 on the clock.
Taryn Wood scored her first basket of the game when she nailed a three pointer to bring Latta within two, 7-5. Wood was then fouled and hit both charity shots to tie it up seven all.
However, Cheyenne went on a 15-0 run to close the first quarter fueled by a trio of 3-point baskets — to forge a 22-7 lead.
Cheyenne hit another 3-pointer to start the second period as Lynanne Hendrickson banked one in from the top of the key giving her team a 25-7 edge.
Baker had a putback at the 6:35 mark to end Latta's dry spell. Baker scored again at the 5:40 mark when Diamond Hill found her open inside to get Latta within 14 at 25-11. Cheyenne out scored Latta 7-2 over the final minutes of the second quarter to go into the locker room at the half with a comfortable 32-13 advantage.
Cheyenne pushed the lead to as much as 23 in third quarter led by the outstanding play of sophomore point guard, Morgan Latta.
The Lady Panthers cut the lead to 17 a couple of times during the fourth, but could not manage to get any closer.
Sappenfield also reached double figures for the Lady Bears with 11 points while Sander registered a double-double for the Lady Bears with eleven points and 13 rebounds.
The Lady Panthers were led in scoring by junior Lainie Baker with a game-high 17 points. She also pulled down nine boards in a losing effort. Senior guard Wood added eight for the Lady Panthers.
Latta will face Tishomingo at 4:30 Friday and Cheyenne will meet Shawnee in the semifinal game at 6:30 p.m.