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Lady Commodores get key win, GC men fall to last place

By The News Herald

Posted Jan 27, 2018 at 9:07 PM

 

TALLAHASSEE — The Gulf Coast women’s basketball team notched a big road victory over Tallahassee on Saturday night, while the Commodore men lost their third consecutive game to fall into last place in the Panhandle Conference.

 

The No. 4 Lady Commodores got 31 points from Kionna Jeter and a season-high 21 points from Astou Gaye – including 16 in the third quarter – and used a 15-5 run to start the fourth quarter to earn a 90-85 victory. With the win, Gulf Coast improved to 17-2 overall and 5-1 in the Panhandle Conference. The Lady Eagles dropped to 18-3 overall and 3-3 in the league. Gulf Coast has now clinched the season series over both TCC and Northwest Florida State.

 

Jeter made 12 of 17 from the field and 3 of 6 from the 3-point line for her 31 points to go with five assists and seven rebounds. Gaye hit 7 of 11 from the field and 5 of 8 from three for her 21 points, while Shayla Bennett added 16 points, and Jhileiya Dunlap had 12 points and seven rebounds.

 

Japonica James was the leading scorer for the Lady Eagles with 27 points and 11 rebounds on 11 of 19 from the field. Jas Hill added 15 points on 6 of 11 shooting. Mari Hill and Jada Perry each scored nine points for Tallahassee.

 

The game was nip and tuck through three quarters, with TCC clinging to a slim 37-36 edge at halftime and Gulf Coast tying it up 63-63 at the end of the third. The Lady Commodores took control early in the fourth, with a fastbreak layup by Jeter on a pass from Shayla Bennett, a pull-up jumper by Jeter, a basket inside by Keshawn Johnson, and a 3-pointer from Nakia Kincey giving them a 77-68 edge with 6:33 to play.

 

James scored nine straight points to help the Lady Eagles claw their way back into the game, with a basket inside by Jamyra McChristine cutting the Gulf Coast lead to 83-81 with 2:20 remaining. But a quick foul led to two Jeter free throws, and Jeter later hit Dunlap with a beautiful pass underneath for an easy layup to make it 87-81 with 37.9 seconds on the clock. Kincey added two free throws with 20.3 seconds remaining to give Gulf Coast an 89-83 lead.

 

In the men’s game, Tallahassee used a big second-half effort to race past Gulf Coast 80-59 and snap a four-game losing streak. With the win, the Eagles improved to 2-4 in the Panhandle Conference and 15-7 overall. The Commodores fell to 15-8 overall and 1-5 in league play. Gulf Coast is now alone in last place in the league standings.

 

Will Robinson led the Commodores with 19 points, followed by Quadree Smith with 18 points, and Daniel Kiely with 10. JaQuan Morris was the top scorer for TCC with 22 points, with Corey Douglas adding 19 points and 12 rebounds. Javien Williams had 18 points and six rebounds. The Eagles outscored the Commodores 49-32 in the second half and shot 54.5 percent from the field after

halftime, including 6 of 15 from the 3-point line.

 

Gulf Coast will next play Wednesday at Pensacola State. Tallahassee is off until Saturday when it hosts Northwest Florida State.

 

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