The Chipola women's basketball team is working to get past a hard fought loss on the road in Niceville Saturday. Coach Greg Franklin and his Indians coming up on the short end of a 63-56 score against top ranked Northwest Florida Saturday evening.
So Northwest now 3-0 atop the early league standings, Gulf Coast, which won at Pensacola, now 2-1 in second and the Indians at 1-1, in third.
Monday afternoon I spoke with coach Franklin about how quickly he wants his players moving on from the tough road defeat.
"We did film yesterday (Sunday) and some of those things where they really don't think they're doing something wrong, the film doesn't lie." coach Franklin told me. "So we went through it yesterday. And I think that they understood obviously we're a team that's built on speed and precision, that you've got to take some things away. Especially when you're playing the number one team in the nation on their floor. And the other thing is we went 7 for 19 from the free throw line."
Still, even with one of their best players, Courtajia Sanders on the bench for much of the game in foul trouble, and with the problems at the line, it was still a close game, and for Franklin, that leaves him the chance to take some things away from that loss.
"No it wasn't even close to being a blowout. It's one of those things I still feel like going forward, we still can control our own destiny. It's just you have to play better and you have to play smarter. I don't think playing harder is an issue, I think our kids played hard. I just think executing the little things we talk about in scouting reports, I just didn't think we were there in the moment a lot of times."
Chipola is back in action at 5:30 Wednesday at home against Pensacola. The men's game set for 7:30. Northwest Florida travels to Tallahassee Wednesday, while Gulf Coast gets the midweek bye this week.