Panama City, FL---You might say Vernette Skeete is basking in the glow of her Gulf Coast Lady Commodores winning the state championship this past weekend in Marianna. And no doubt the coach has every right to be celebrating that accomplishment.
After laying claim to the conference title, the Lady Commodores winning three straight games last Wednesday, Friday and Saturday to claim the program's 9th state title.
That capping off quite an impressive first year campaign for coach Skeete who took over for Hall of Famer Roonie Scovel, who posted the previous 8 state championships.
After taking a few days for it all to soak in, coach Skeete still can't view things though as an individual accomplishment. She says she's thrilled she's been able to honor her late mother, coach Scovel, and she's most thrilled for her players.
"I really recruited a lot of these kids and I told them I wanted them to be great." says coach Skeete. "And I would give them the opportunity. And I didn't want to disappoint them either. And so you know just kind of have it in your mind where you just don't want them to work this and hard and come short. You kind of want it to prove that it was worth it to them so they can be better for the rest of their lives. That's the only thing that really, you know I think I'm numb when it comes to the rest of it."
That title leading the Lady Commodores to yet another trip to the national tournament in Kansas next week. They're the 4th seed heading into that 24 team tourney, and will play their first game Tuesday night in Salina. Gulf Coast hoping to nail down what would be a 4th national championship.