Battle at the Beach Jamboree brings rivals, recruiters to Gulf Coast

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Bill Belichick's motto is "no days off," but that might as well be the motto of Panhandle Conference women's basketball coaches too.

The season tips off in three weeks but they've been working hard since the summer, and Sunday at Gulf Coast, all conference teams played twice under the same roof in the Battle at the Beach Jamboree.

More than 20 teams participated on two courts, each team playing twice in games with running clocks.

Northwest Florida played Mississippi Gulf Coast in an afternoon game, putting into practice what they learned from last weekend's jamboree.

Obviously now that we've got some film, we have to go back and fix some of the stuff," coach Bart Walker said earlier in the week. "We've got to continue to grow and add stuff to the repertoire. I think this team, it'll grow. But these tournaments are great for you because you get to play against somebody else and see where you need to really work on your stuff."

These jamborees are important for player development, but also for their futures. Having so many teams in one place makes it a prime spot for recruiters, with 35 division one universities sending representatives through event organizer Porter Sports (including Alabama, Louisville, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Texas, and Hawaii).

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