Latta gears up for girls basketball state tournament

The Latta Lady Panthers are no strangers to the state tournament, this marks the 4th time in the last six years they have been in this position. They even made it all the way to the semi finals last season.

There has only been one girls basketball team win the state title, which was in 1975.

Latta will use their past experience to push them to the finals.

"We have 3 people who play a lot of minutes that played in the Semi's. We know how it is there, the atmosphere, the pressure," said Latta Guard Carson Dean. "We're going to use that to help us handle our composure, and do our best."

"Our defense and rebounding. We can get multiple stops in a row, and our defense has really taken us to where we are," said Latta forward Chloe Brinlee. "I think it can take us all the way."

"A lot of teams have been to the state tournament from Latta over the years, but only one has ever won it, and that was 1975. Our goal is to be the second one to ever win one," said Latta head coach Bruce Plunk. "So that's where we're at. You have to get to the dance, before you can dance. So when we're there, we'll reevaluate our goals, we'll shoot for the best, and hope to play on Saturday."

The Lady Panthers will play in the Quarterfinals against Dale at Mustang. Tipoff is set for 2:00 on Thursday.