Record: Stratford is 9-3
Up Next: Stratford vs. Maysville on Friday at East Central University’s Kerr Activities Center.
Latta 65, Atoka 52
LATTA 14 13 19 19 — 65
ATOKA 13 9 22 8 — 52
LATTA: Derek Epperly 20, Brady Johnson 19, Carter Kessinger 16, Treston Tully 8, Ryan Stockton 2.
ATOKA: Tyreke Johnson 20, Bobby Johnson 10, Bishop Coulter 10, Houston Bowen 8, Brandon Calicutt 3, Spencer Moore 1.
3-point goals: Kessinger 4, Brady Johnson 3 (L). Bowen 2, Bobby Johnson, Calicutt (A)
Fouled out: none
NOTEWORTHY: Derek Epperly poured in a career-high 20 points and pulled down eight rebounds as Class 2A top-ranked Latta avenged a recent loss from Saturday by beating Class 3A seventh-ranked Atoka, 65-52, on Tuesday night. Atoka handed the Panthers their first loss on Saturday in the finals of the Kingston Tournament. Also scoring in double figures for Latta on Tuesday were Brady Johnson with 19 points to go with nine rebounds and Carter Kessinger with 16 points with five rebounds and three steals. Kessinger started in place of Kade Hayes, who was sidelined due to illness. Treston Tully followed with eight points for the winners. Brogan Cantrell recorded five rebounds, five steals and six assists for the Panthers. Tyreke Johnson led Atoka with 20 points while Bobby Johnson and Bishop Coulter added 10 each. Coulter had scored 25 in the Kingston Tournament finals against Latta. The Panthers, with a slim 46-44 lead heading into the fourth quarter, outscored Atoka, 19-8, in the fourth to pull away.
COACH’S QUOTE: “It was a great effort. I can’t say enough about how hard they played. Derek stepped up and really played well in the post and we did a really good job on their post kid (Coulter). Carter really stepped up in Kade’s absence. It was a tremendous team effort,” — Latta head coach Donnie Husband.
Record: Latta is 10-1
Up Next: Latta at Dale on Friday.
Tupelo 63, Earlsboro 51
TUPELO 16 15 15 17 — 63
EARLSBORO 8 13 13 1 — 51
TUPELO: Joshn Umsted 19, Chisum Henry 14, Bry Bratcher 9, Corey McCollum 7, Caleb Watson 6, Ben Meek 6, Josh Gragg 2.