Gulf Coast takes down Trinity Valley, will play for national championship

LUBBOCK, Tex. (WJHG/WECP) - Every game, there's a good you'll see something you've never seen before.

Every year as a sports fan, it can get a little repetitive; some of the same story lines reappear at the same time.

Like this: it's late march, which means the Gulf Coast Lady Commodores (26-5) are headed back to the national championship...again.

The Lady 'Dores defeated Trinity Valley 77-67 in the semifinals, clinching their third appearance in the championship in the last four year.

Nakia Kincey dropped a team-high 18 points, while Alexus Dye added 17 points with 19 rebounds.

GCSC railed by seven with three minutes to go in the third quarter. The game was back and forth most of the way, but the Gulf Coast finished strong put the game away in the closing minutes.

"We're just resilient, don't get too upset about anything." head coach Roonie Scovel said. "The disposition stays calm, which sometimes drives coaches crazy, but it's a good quality to have when you get behind. Not to panic, not to try to make ten point plays, just try to dig back. And we did."

The championship game against New Mexico (60-54 winners over Hutchinson in the first semifinal) tips at 11 a.m.

There's a lot to do before then. First, dinner on Friday night. Later, they'll attempt to sleep. There's also an early wake up, checking out of they fly back Saturday night regardless of the outcome.

Given the turnaround time is just 15 hours, there's no time for practice. That's okay. The matchup is different, but the ultimate key to success is the same it has been all season.

"They're big and they're good inside," Scovel said. "We're going to have to really play great post defense tomorrow, much better than tonight or they're going to really beat the ball inside on us and we're going to struggle. We're going to need to try to play up tempo and play Gulf Coast basketball to have a chance."