Latham lights out in Bears’ win


BATAVIA — Through seven games, there are many things about the Shawnee State women’s basketball team that are certainly clear.

The Bears have a deep rotation.

DeWayne Burroughs’ club plays hard and at a fast tempo.

Lastly, the team doesn’t play with a competitive arrogance.

However, there’s also one additional quality that’s certainly standing out — at least from an individual standpoint.

Amiya Latham can shoot the basketball.

Just eight days after leading Shawnee State in scoring by going 6-for-13 from three-point range and scoring 18 points in a 102-34 victory over Campbellsville-Harrodsburg, Latham shot the lights out again in a non-conference contest against Cincinnati-Clermont, going 6-for-14 from three-point range — and hitting three consecutive three-point goals at one point during the opening half.

It was all en route to her new career-high of 20 points — in the Bears’ 88-47 victory over the Cougars on Tuesday evening in Batavia.

Latham turns out the lights

Latham, who also added in four rebounds and went 2-for-2 from the free-throw line, ultimately finished at a 6-for-15 clip to shoot 40-percent from the field — allowing Shawnee State to pull away in a rugged affair where 50 fouls were called, leading to a combined 65 free-throw attempts from both sides.

When the freshman from Wickliffe got space, however, Latham had opposing head coach Ken Lowe throwing his hands up in disgust at his own defense more than once.

The 5-6 freshman, after going 1-for-6 from three-point range in her first career college basketball contest against Lawrence Tech, has gone 45-percent from deep (19-for-43) in Shawnee State’s last five games.

She is shooting 20-for-49 (40.8-percent) from three-point range this season.

Latham is now averaging 10.7 points per contest in the six games she’s appeared in for the Bears.

Glosters the glue

Having been key figures throughout the season with their hustle on both ends of the floor, Chianne and Cianna Gloster seemingly always find ways to impact games beyond the final stat sheet.

In Tuesday’s victory over Cincinnati-Clermont, it was Chianne who packed the scoring punch — as the active do-it-all forward scored 10 out of Shawnee State’s first 14 points, en route to finishing with a 17-point, seven-rebound statline while going 6-for-12 from the field.

Cianna, meanwhile, made her presence felt on the glass once again.

Despite scoring just one point, the senior forward continued relentlessly attacking the glass — en route to a game-high 14 rebounds.

It’s her fifth double-figure rebounding effort in seven games.

Deaver, Steele clutch from line

Needing a lift at the charity stripe after the Bears struggled to convert from the free-throw line early in the contest, freshmen guards Lexi Deaver and Jariah Steele both delivered.

While the pair shot just 3-for-14 from the field, the duo — along with their fellow freshman standout in Latham — combined to go a terrific 20-for-23 from the free-throw line in the contest.

Steele, playing in front of a sizeable contingent of Cincinnati Colerain fans, went 9-for-11 from the stripe — while Deaver added in a 9-of-10 mark.

Both finished in double figures, as Steele notched 13 points while Deaver added in 11 tallies.

Additionally, Deaver, who was on the giving end of many of Latham’s three-point bombs, was terrific as a floor general throughout the evening — which was evident in the West Portsmouth native’s six assists to one turnover in 19 minutes of action.


Freshman guard Emily Maynard added in nine points and seven rebounds, while sophomore multi-positional talent Markayla Holland posted nine points and a team-high five steals to round out the Bears’ main contributors on the stat sheet.

Shawnee State improved to 6-1, while Cincinnati-Clermont fell to 3-2.

The Bears are gearing up for their River States Conference home opener against Alice Lloyd (Ky.).

Game time is set for 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday (Nov. 28) evening in Waller Gymnasium.

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