Panama City, FL---Gulf Coast women celebrated their pink game in support of breast cancer awareness Saturday night as they hosted Northwest Florida.
Yet for the second time this season, it was the Lady Raiders taking another victory against the Lady Commodores.
In the highlights attached above, Jessica Morton cuts the deficit to five after the friendly bounce.
That's as close as GC would make it because it became the Janae Blount show. She strikes first on the fast break attack.
Then, Blount feeling it, wide open from three says, you can't give me that much space. Knocks it down.
Then again from three, who else, but Blount. She extends the lead on her own to 13. She finished with 17 points. That was second most to Simone Westbrook who had 26.
The Lady Raiders take it big 82-59. They're 6-1 in the Panhandle. Lady Commodores now 2-5.
Northwest Florida Head Coach Patrick Harrington saying afterwards it was his team's demeanor that helped them get the win.
"Having a sense of confidence, not cockiness, but confidence as the kids like to call it, a little swag," says Coach Harrington. "But we knew we could come in here and play well. It was a question of just putting 40 minutes together and taking care of the basketball. We were real sloppy coming out of the gate, but slowly but surely, we were able to take care of the ball and play the way we're capable of playing"
As for Gulf Coast, the team that for so long has been a symbol of consistency and success in the Panhandle is in a rare situation. Their 2-5 and in the bottom half of the standings. Despite the struggles of the last month, head coach Vernette Skeete was proud of the players that fought hard last night and says the team will get back to playing the ball the program expects from them.
"We lost, but i thought from the 40 minute mark down to about the 10 minute mark, and about the three minute mark down to the one minute mark, I couldn't have been more proud of my kids," said Coach Skeete. "At the end of the day, we're gonna win the right way. We're gonna win with the people who are gonna follow the rules and do things right. And that's gonna be my thing. if you come to Gulf Coast, I was here, it's about tradition, it's about doing it the right way, and I will lose trying to bring that back. I will not let Gulf Coast be a team that comes in and disrupts and and doesn't follow the rules."