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Chipola sweeps Gulf Coast

By The News Herald

Posted Jan 20, 2018 at 10:17 PM

 

MARIANNA — The No. 3 Gulf Coast women suffered their first Panhandle Conference loss Saturday night at Chipola, falling 64-60, while the Commodore men were defeated 81-69 for their third loss in four league outings.

 

The Lady Commodores lost despite a 32-point performance from sophomore Shayla Bennett, with Kionna Jeter adding 14 points as the only other Gulf Coast player in double figures. Gulf Coast shot just 35 percent from the field for the game, with Lady Commodores players other than Bennett making 12 of 39 shots.

 

Tyra Johnson was the top scorer for Chipola with 19 points, followed by Valerie Nesbitt with 16. It was a close game throughout, with the Lady Indians leading by a point after the first quarter and at halftime. Chipola started to get separation in the third quarter, as Nesbitt made a layup and then scored after a steal to put the Lady Indians up 47-36 with 3:49 on the clock.

 

Gulf Coast closed to 50-44 by the end of the third, but Chipola pushed the lead back to 10 after a three from the left corner by Johnson to make it 60-50. Consecutive threes from Bennett cut the margin to four at 62-58 with 1:54 to play, with a jumper from Jeter making it 63-60 with 35.8 seconds remaining.

 

But the Lady Indians rebounded their own miss on the ensuing possession and Courtajia Sanders hit a free throw with 4.4 seconds to play to put the game away.

 

Will Robinson had 25 points to lead the Gulf Coast men in a losing effort, while Quadree Smith added 16 points. TJ Howard was the top scorer for the Indians with 21 points, while Brandon Mahan added 16 points.

 

Chipola led most of the way, taking a 36-28 advantage into the break. Gulf Coast stayed close until an Indians run pushed the lead to 73-63 with 2:45 to play.

 

Gulf Coast will be back in action Wednesday as it plays host to Northwest Florida State. The women’s game will tip at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 7:30 p.m.

 

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