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February 11, 2014

Free throws save day for Latta teams

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Byng —

Latta led 31-22 after Shiann Henderson nailed a 3-pointer to start the fourth quarter. 

But Byng immediately began chipping away. 

Makenzie Hudson, who recently returned to the Byng lineup after recovering from an injury, scored back-to-back baskets on drives to the bucket and Hill followed with a free throw and a driving layup of her own that capped a 7-0 surge that got the Lady Pirates within 31-29 with 5:20 left.

There was a tie and five lead changes down the stretch.

“I don’t know that anything either one of us did was very pretty but somewhere along the line both of us did some pretty good things effectively. It was two good defensive teams going right at each other,” Tinkler said. “They made a good run at us. When you’re rolling into the playoffs, you want to try and find something to build on and I think this was a good positive.”

Latta (15-5) got a game-high 15 points from sophomore Sydney Brinlee, who hit 7-of-12 field goals and carried the Latta offense throughout the game. Parnacher had three steals to go with her six points.

Hill turned in another solid all-around outing for Byng, finishing with 14 points, seven rebounds and four steals. She finished 10-of-13 from the free throw stripe. Sheyanne Gove and Hudson added seven points each for the Lady Pirates.

As a team, Byng hit 16-of-24 free throws compared to 11-of-16 for Latta.

The first half was nip and tuck all the way before a putback by Grove late in the second quarter knotted the score at 19-all at the break.

The Lady Pirates missed all five of their field goals in the third quarter as Latta used a 9-3 run to go on top 28-22.

BOYS

Latta 43, Byng 33

The Pirates (15-6) trailed 26-15 after Latta big man Derek Epperly scored early in the third quarter. However, Byng held the Panthers without a field goal until Treston Tully hit from close range with 5:35 left in the fourth period. That allowed the Pirates to use an 11-1 run to get within 27-26 after a steal and layup by freshman Darian Davis for the first basket of the fourth quarter.

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