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Latta basketball off and running

By Ken Buck

Staff Writer

Latta— Both the varsity boys and the varsity girls basketball teams at Latta High School are heading soon into the holiday break looking to hit their stride for region play.

The Vikings boys team, led by Head Coach Chris German, has so far picked up one win in their first three outings.

Latta opened the season with a close 59-51 loss at Loris, then picked up their first win of the season at Lamar, wining handily 69-38.

The Vikings then hosted Loris on Dec. 5, and while Latta’s boys played better, then still fell by four points.

The boys will next host Lamar is another rematch.

As the season progresses, the Latta boys will be looking to make another playoff berth. In 2016, the Vikings earned a fifth seed in the Class AA playoffs, where they lost to eventual state champion Burke in the first round.

The Lady Vikings program is led by Head Coach Curtis Jackson, and the girls are also looking to improve from a bit of a rough start to the 2017 season.

The girls opened the season on Nov. 28 with a 64-38 loss at Loris; however, on a trip to Lamar on Dec. 4, the Lady Vikings came out with their first win of the season, winning 45-42.

Dillon was next on the schedule for the Lady Vikings, who fought hard in a 59-52 loss.

Latta’s girls also advanced to the Class AA playoffs last season after earning a third seed in the lower state. However, the Lady Vikings made a quick exit, losing in the first round to Bamberg-Ehrhardt. Jackson will be looking to lead his team back into the playoffs this season in hopes of advancing farther this year. He will be looking to be so with a team that has a good mix of experience and youth, with three seniors providing the leadership. The rest of the team is comprised of three juniors, four sophomores, and two freshmen.

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