Panama City, FL --- There's no love lost whatsoever between Panhandle conference rivals Gulf Coast and Chipola.
Saturday night at Billy Harrison Field House, the two squads faced off for the second time this season. For the Lady Indians, they were looking to move their conference record mark to 6-0. For the Lady Commodores, they wanted to avenge their loss in Marianna to Chipola on January 7th and improve their 2-2 conference mark as well.
After the first 20 minutes, Chipola led by 12 at the half and in the second, the Lady Indians in black built their lead.
In the highlights attached above, Tiffany Lewis knocks down the three to go up 21.
But the Lady Commodores continue to fight Chelsey Gibson inside get's the And-1 to cut it to 17.
Then Kayla Montgomery gets the steal, then as slow of a fast break as you can get ensues, the ball pushed ahead and check out who is gonna finish the play, Montgomery! Coast to coast.
The lead continues to be trimmed as Dominique Powell is able to get the bucket to drop and the lead goes to single digits.
But Chipola is able to hold on. The Lady Indians hand the Lady Commodores their first Conference loss at home as they win 81-70.
Afterwards, Chipola coach Greg Franklin said winning tough conference matchups like this on the road is what helps show the true signs of a talented team.
"That's something that we talk about all year long. Not just at Gulf Coast, but going to other people's houses and winning because it shows that you gotta little toughness.Plus, were not gonna win a National Championship on our floor. So winning ball games on the road, you learn how to play with a little toughness, a lot of character, and a lot of selflessness, because we shared the basketball well. Sometimes we got caught up in what I'm doing right now instead of what we're doing."
Chipola builds their conference lead as they are 22-1 overall, but more importantly, undefeated in conference play six games in, a game and a half ahead of Northwest Florida.
For Gulf Coast, the loss drops them to 2-3 in the Panhandle and keeps them a half a game ahead of Pensacola in third place.
Eveyln Akhator led the Lady Indians with 25 points while the Lady Commodores were led by Chelsey Gibson's 21 points.