Chipola D stifles GC, Lady Commodores fall 72-62
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at 12:01 AM
By Dustin Kent747-5065 | @PCNHDustinKentdkent@pcnh.com
PANAMA CITY — With another win over Chipola on Saturday night at the Billy Harrison Field House, Gulf Coast could've swept the season
series and all but wrapped up a Panhandle Conference title with three games to play.
Instead, thanks to a remarkable defensive effort by Chipola, the race for first place continues in earnest for each of the league's top three teams. The Lady Indians notched a 72-62 victory to snap a three-game losing skid in the series and move to within one game of first place along with Tallahassee, which kept pace Saturday with a blowout win over Pensacola State.
With the win, the Lady Indians improved to 22-3 overall and 6-3 in the conference, with the Lady Commodores dropping to 24-2 and 7-2 in league play. Gulf Coast will next play at TCC on Tuesday, while Chipola will have a week off before hosting TCC on Saturday.
Danielle Garven scored 19 points to lead Chipola, followed by Sydnee McDonald with 14 and Tiaera Phillips with 13. Maria Castro was the only Gulf Coast player in double figures with 18. The story of the game was the Chipola defense, which limited Gulf Coast to its second-lowest point total of the season and the lowest since a season-opening win over WaltersState.
"We couldn't score," Lady Commodores coach Roonie Scovel said. "We let the pressure kind of get to us. It was real aggressive and physical. (Chipola) did a great job and we mostly let that get to us. We didn't handle it very well. At the end of the day, it was probably good that it happened to us.
"We have to grow and hopefully we can grow and figure this thing out because we now we've got to go on the road to play Tallahassee, who has very, very good athletes."
Chipola led through much of the first half, though Gulf Coast drew to within a point at the break thanks to a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Ty Purifoy that made it 34-33. The third quarter was a major struggle for the Lady Commodores, who managed just seven points in total and went the final six minutes without a made field goal.
The Lady Indians took advantage with an 11-1 run to close the quarter, getting a pair of threes from McDonald and driving baskets by Garven and Barbara Johnson to go up 54-40 heading into the fourth.
Gulf Coast fought back to get to within six on a basket by Castro to make it 64-58 with 2:29 remaining, but McDonald hit a backbreaking 3-pointer from the left corner and Garven followed with an uncontested layup after beating the press to push the lead back to 11 with 1:31 to play.
The Lady Commodores cut it back to eight with a 3-pointer by Shayla Bennett and got possession after a turnover on Chipola, but Phillips deflected the ball away from Taylor Emery on a drive and finished through contact at the other end to put the Lady Indians back up 11 with 50.7 seconds on the clock.
Garven 9 1-2 19, Baker-Norcross 1 5-7 7, Johnson 3 3-6 9, House 1 0-0 3, McDonald l5 0-0 14, Phillips 4 5-8 13, Sule 3 1-2 7. Totals: 26 15-25 72.
GULF COAST (62)
Green 0 0-0 0, Fox 1 0-0 2, Purifoy 2 2-2 7, Emery 4 1-2 9, O'Neal 1 2-2 5, Bennett 2 2-2 7, Castro 6 4-5 18, Dunlap 3 2-4 8, Edwards 3 0-1 6. Totals: 22 13-18 62.
Chipola 22 12 20 18 — 72
Gulf Coast 19 14 7 22 — 62
3-point field goals: Chipola 5 (McDonald 4, House), Gulf Coast 5 (Castro 2, Emery, O'Neal, Bennett). Total fouls: Chipola 21, Gulf Coast 20. Fouled out: Johnson, Sule, Dunlap. Technical fouls: Chipola bench.