Panama City, FL-- For the teams of Gulf Coast, it's round two of conference play come Saturday night, for the teams of Chipola, it's the start of league play.
Let's focus on the ladies and for David Lane and his Lady Indians, it's been a 14-4 non conference record, by most standards pretty strong. Chipola heads into Panhandle play still working to shuffle the deck in the abscence of star guard Tykeisha O'neill who suffered a season ending knee injury on November 28th, still the team winning 7 of 8 since the loss of O'neill.
Chipola Head Coach
"You know Tykeisha is just a special person and a great basketball player and a tremendous leader. There's still that void, I don't know if we're ever gonna be able to fill it with one person. We've had several trying to kind of step up into that role and it's more of a committe than anything right now."
As for the Lady Commodores, they opened conference play Tuesday with a win at TCC. A 19-4 run down the stretch sealed the victory, which left even Roonie Scovel a bit surprised.
Gulf Coast Head Coach
"I think as you kind of project things, looking at some tough road games and some you don't expect, that was kind of one I didn't expect. I thought Tallahassee could get us at their place and we were fortunate that they kind of had a long layoff for the Holidays. We played well early, we knew they were gonna come back at us, and they did, got to within two. And we showed some resilency and pulled that thing out."
So Gulf Coast now 12-3 overall, one and oh in conference. The Ladies tip it off Saturday at 5:30.