Latta — During its current five-game winning streak, the Latta Panthers have had to pass a few fourth-quarter tests. The Roff Tigers gave them their toughest test to date Tuesday night inside the Latta Panther Fieldhouse.
With the game hanging in the balance, Latta senior Kade Hayes hit two 3-pointers and the Panthers shut out Roff in the final three minutes of a tense 45-37 victory over the Tigers.
Latta, ranked No. 2 in Class 2A, improved to 18-3 on the year while Roff (No. 14 in Class A) slipped to 18-5.
“I was proud of our kids. I’m not really into moral victories, but I told them to leave the locker room with their head held high and a bitter taste in their mouth,” said Roff head coach Bo Thomason. “Latta is an extremely well-coached team. We’re not going to see a team like that to me in our class. It shows us we have the chance to play with anybody.”
In the girls contest, Latta seized control early and cruised past Roff 61-30. The Lady Panthers (No. 9 in Class 2A) improved to 16-5, while Roff (No. 12 in Class A) dropped to 18-6.
The Roff girls will now turn their attention to a Class A District elimination contest with Pontotoc Conference rival Stonewall at 6:30 p.m. Friday in Roff. The Roff boys will meet the Allen-Stonewall winner in the district title game at 8 p.m. Saturday.
Latta will host Lindsay for Senior Night tonight before traveling to Sulphur on Saturday.
Latta 45, Roff 37
Roff scored eight straight points — fueled by 3-pointers from sophomore C.J. Johnson to end the third quarter and begin the fourth period — to turn a 32-27 deficit into a 35-32 lead with 6:27 to play
After two Latta free throws by Brady Johnson, Hayes hit a triple that put Latta on top 37-35.