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Lady Commodores crush Broward in tourney opener

By DUSTIN KENT 
News Herald Assistant Sports Editor 

Posted Mar 8, 2018 at 5:00 PM

 

OCALA — The two big questions Gulf Coast coach Roonie Scovel had about the Lady Commodores going into Thursday’s quarterfinal game of the FCSAA Region VIII Women’s Basketball Tournament were if they could maintain the sharpness they finished the regular season with after a nearly two-week layoff, and if the GC freshmen seeing their first postseason action ready for the added intensity and pressure of a tournament environment.

 

Following Gulf Coast’s 92-49 victory over Broward, it’s safe to say that the answer to both queries is an emphatic “yes.” The Lady Commodores dominated Thursday’s quarterfinal from start to finish to advance to Friday’s semifinal game against Florida

SouthWestern State at 5 p.m. CST.

 

Janesha Green scored 20 points to lead Gulf Coast (24-2) along with six rebounds and four assists, followed by Shayla Bennett with 18 points and six assists. Jhileiya Dunlap had 14 points, five rebounds, and six blocked shots. Broward (11-19) was led by Kayla Brown with nine points, with Vendela Danielsson adding eight points.

 

The Seahawks briefly led 6-3 following a pair of baskets from Danielsson with just three minutes gone by in the game. The Lady Commodores quickly assumed control of the game, with three straight 3-pointers from Green, Bennett, and Astou Gaye sparking a 22-3 run. A driving basket by Green and another three from Bennett made it 17-6, with a transition jumper from Green and two straight buckets inside by Dunlap giving GC a 25-9 edge with 1:18 left in the quarter.

 

Bennett knocked in the fifth Gulf Coast 3-pointer of the first quarter to put her team up by 17 points and finish the opening quarter with three more points (14) than the entire Broward team (11). The onslaught continued with 11 straight Lady Commodore points to start the second quarter. Dunlap started the run with a short jumper, followed by a floater in the lane by Bennett, a 3-pointer from Gaye, two free throws by Bennett, and a tip-in by Gaye to make it 39-11.

 

Gulf Coast shot 45 percent from the field and hit 7 of 13 threes in building a 44-18 halftime lead, while Broward made just 8 of 36 shots and 1 of 18 from the 3-point line. It didn’t get much better for the Seahawks in the second half, as the Lady Commodores added on to the lead with an 11-2 run to start the third quarter.

 

A driving layup by Shay Collins and a 3-pointer by Diéné Diané followed by three straight baskets by Dunlap made it 55-20. Green took over late in the third quarter, hitting two threes, two free throws, and banking in a short jumper to put the Lady Commodores up 40. Diané was then fouled on a made jumper and hit the bonus to give Gulf Coast its largest yet at 72-29 in the waning seconds of the third quarter.

 

For the game, the Lady Commodores shot 54 percent from the field, hit 11 of 22 from the 3-point line, and made 11 of 12 free throws. Broward managed to shoot just 28 percent overall and connected on only 2 of 26 3-point attempts.

 

Gulf Coast’s next opponent, Florida SouthWestern (26-5) earned its spot in the semifinals with a 79-75 victory over Santa Fe on Thursday. It will be the first meeting between the teams this season. The Buccaneers are 1-3 against Panhandle Conference teams this season, splitting two games with Chipola and losing to Pensacola State and Tallahassee.

 

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