Lady Indians get their first win in Panhandle Conference Play

MARIANNA, Fla (WJHG/WECP) - The Chipola Lady Indians basketball team is coming off a huge win over Gulf Coast, which came into their game Saturday night atop the league standings at 3-0.

Chipola able to emerge from a hard fought, back and forth affair with a four point win, 64-60.

That the first win in league play for coach Franklin's team, and still leaves them, at 1-3, tied for 4th with Pensacola, and looking up at TCC, Northwest and Gulf Coast.

Still for a team that's battled so much adversity this season, this win was a much needed boost in terms of confidence.

"We figured we were talented enough to play with anybody in the country, but we were so beat up," Greg Franklin, Chipola women's basketball coach said. "We had several starters out for the last four or five, actually eight, nine, 10 games. And we've finally got a healthy roster, still got one out for the year, but got a deeper roster, a deeper rotation. I think it's a shot in our arm for our confidence. I can talk to them all day about being really talented, and you can do it, and give them the rah-rah speech. But until you actually perform and do it, I think it's a big shot in our arm for confidence wise."

Franklin says this is no time to think they've accomplished anything, after all Tuesday night they're back at it, hosting Tallahassee. That will be a third game in six nights, and Franklin's adjusting the practice schedule accordingly.

"Today will be really light, we didn't go yesterday (Sunday)," Franklin said. "So I think our legs will be under us. Since we do have a deeper rotation, I don't think that's gonna factor in too much in terms of being not healthy enough, or not fresh enough. Because we've tried to play this smart and taken our days when we should have. Actually it beats me up a little bit, I want to be in here coaching, and getting them better. But also you've got to take into account that three games in four, five, six days, is not easy."

Those games at Chipola Tuesday night, 5:30 for the ladies, 7:30 for the men.