Panthers victorious on the road, 50-46
By Justin Scrimshire
ONL Sports Reporter
The #8 ranked Okemah Panthers hit the road on Jan. 17 to take on the 8-7 Latta Panthers in a Class 2-A matchup. Okemah had won four straight games as they prepared to take on Latta and were looking for a final victory before heading into the Conference 66 Tournament.
Okemah set the pace early, taking a 12-6 lead into the second quarter but Latta managed to keep the game within upset territory throughout the first half, only trailing 20-14 as the game went into halftime.
Latta really got the Panthers attention during the third quarter, outscoring Okemah 17-12 and turning the game into a legitimate dogfight 32-31, with Okemah leading by one-point.
The Panthers managed to pull out the win but Latta made them work for it with a final of 50-46. Okemah heads to McCloud to participate in the 66 Conference Tournament, January 20th – 25th.