‘I really like our team’: GC’s Petree adds 8 newcomers to 3 returners with initial recruiting class

By Dustin Kent
It would be hard to find a more daunting challenge for a young coach than stepping into the job of replacing one of the greatest coaches in the history of junior college basketball in the toughest JUCO basketball conference in America and having to construct a mostly-new roster in the midst of a world pandemic.

‘I try to always find the positive’: GC coach Petree welcomes extra time to prepare for season

By Dustin Kent
Cayla Petree took on the formidable task of succeeding legendary Gulf Coast basketball coach Roonie Scovel in April knowing full well that the COVID-19 outbreak was going to put her behind schedule.

Gulf Coast hires South Plains coach Cayla Petree

By Dustin Kent
Replacing a legendary coach is never an easy task. Replacing one that won 87 percent of her games and six national championships? That’s a whole different sort of challenge.

GCSC Athletics announces new Women’s Basketball Head Coach

Panama City, FL – Gulf Coast State College is pleased to announce that Cayla Petree has been named the Head Women’s Basketball Coach. Coach Petree will begin work immediately to assist with the recruiting efforts for the 2020 basketball season.

Smith named First Team All-American

By Dustin Kent
The NJCAA released its 2019-20 Women’s Basketball Division I All-American team on Tuesday afternoon and Gulf Coast sophomore guard Ahlana Smith was named a First Team selection.

Gulf Coast unimpeded in its quest to replace Scovel

By Dustin Kent
Replacing a legend in the best of times is a daunting challenge. Replacing said legend during a worldwide viral outbreak adds a whole other layer of difficulty to the process.

NJCAA COVID-19 Update Homepage
Charlotte, NC – In light of recent developments regarding COVID-19, the NJCAA has made the decision to postpone national championship events for the upcoming DI and DII men's and women's basketball tournaments. DIII men's and women's basketball championships, currently underway, will work with an expedited schedule that will conclude on Friday, March 13.

Lady Commodores earn at-large bid, 1st round bye

By Dustin Kent
PANAMA CITY — Gulf Coast players and coaches gathered in the lobby of the Billy Harrison Field House on Monday morning to watch the selection show for the NJCAA Division I Women’s National Championship.

Lady Commodores join GC men in state finals

By Dustin Kent
NICEVILLE — The Gulf Coast men opened semifinal Friday at the FCSAA State Tournament by earning its way into Saturday’s championship game.

Gregg, Mbandu lead Lady Commodores to 1st round win

By Dustin Kent
PANAMA CITY — In the first two meetings against Florida Southwestern State, Gulf Coast had to stage dramatic comebacks, rallying from 19 and 20 points down en route to narrow regular season victories.

Scovel hoping for one last run with Lady Commodores

By Dustin Kent
Gulf Coast head coach Roonie Scovel is certainly no stranger to the state tournament - far from it.

Scovel steps down

By Dustin Kent
PANAMA CITY — Legendary Gulf Coast women’s basketball coach Roonie Scovel announced her retirement after 22 seasons as head coach at a press conference Wednesday afternoon at the school.

Lady Commodores cruise by TCC

By Dustin Kent
PANAMA CITY — There wasn’t much on the line in Saturday’s regular season finale at the Billy Harrison Field House for either No. 6 Gulf Coast or Tallahassee in the short term.

Lady Commodores clinch, GC men have to wait

By Dustin Kent
The Gulf Coast women’s basketball team punched its ticket to the state tournament with a 71-50 victory over Chipola on Wednesday night in Marianna, while the Commodore men failed to clinch their own state berth for a second straight game.

Lady Commodores look to clinch at Chipola

By Dustin Kent
Following a two-game losing streak to Tallahassee and Northwest Florida State to fall back to third place in the Panhandle Conference standings with three games to go, it appeared that Gulf Coast would have to fight up to the last day of the season to try to get one of the league’s two state tournament berths.

Mbandu lifts Lady Commodores to crucial Panhandle win

By Dustin Kent
PANAMA CITY — Wednesday night’s home contest against Pensacola State wasn’t technically a must-win game for Gulf Coast, at least not mathematically.

Lady Commodores fighting through injury to stay alive for state

By Dustin Kent
With just three Panhandle Conference games left on the schedule, Gulf Coast enters the home stretch of the season on the outside looking in for a berth in the state tournament.

GC men stay in 1st, women fall back

By Dustin Kent
The Gulf Coast men’s and women’s basketball teams split a doubleheader against Northwest Florida State in Niceville on Saturday night.

TCC sweeps Gulf Coast

By Dustin Kent
The Gulf Coast men’s and women’s basketball teams lost both ends of a doubleheader to Tallahassee on Wednesday night, with both results making the top of the Panhandle Conference standings a bit more crowded.

Lady Commodores look for 3rd straight vs. resurgent TCC

By Dustin Kent
Following a tough three-game stretch that featured two losses and an uninspired win over a short-handed Tallahassee, Gulf Coast coach Roonie Scovel challenged her team’s toughness and focus.

Mbandu lifts Lady Commodores past Chipola, into 1st in PC

By Dustin Kent

PANAMA CITY — Clinging to a 51-48 lead early in the fourth quarter, No. 4 Gulf Coast’s leading scorer Ahlana Smith picked up her fifth and final foul with with 9:23 remaining against No. 9 Chipola.

‘Next woman up’: Gulf Coast battling through injury issues

By Dustin Kent
Coming off of a stretch of four games in 10 days with two starters nursing injuries, getting a week without a mid-week game couldn’t have come at a much better time for No. 4 Gulf Coast (17-2 overall, 4-2 in the Panhandle Conference).

Banged up Lady Commodores get big home win over No. 9 Northwest

By Dustin Kent
PANAMA CITY — Already down two rotation players due to season-ending injuries and with two more limited due to injury, No. 3 Gulf Coast had to dig deep in Saturday’s key Panhandle Conference showdown with No. 9 Northwest Florida State.

No. 3 Lady Commodores upset by Pensacola State, 77-73

By Dustin Kent

PENSACOLA — The No. 3 Gulf Coast women’s basketball team were stunned 77-73 by Pensacola State on Wednesday night.

Lady Commodores fall from No. 1, GC men jump to No. 4 in region poll

By Dustin Kent

The Gulf Coast women’s basketball team’s long reign as the No. 1 team in the state came to an end Monday with the release of the latest NJCAA Region 8 Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Poll.

Lady Commodores survive scare, down TCC 82-74

By Dustin Kent

PANAMA CITY — Time and time again, Gulf Coast appeared poised to pull away from a scrappy and short-handed Tallahassee team only to see the Eagles storm back and put the home crowd at the Billy Harrison Field House on pins and needles.

Lady Commodores look to bounce back from Chipola loss vs. TCC

By Dustin Kent

Before Wednesday’s road loss to No. 3 Chipola, it had been a good long while since No. 1 Gulf Coast had experienced life on the losing side.

No. 3 Chipola upsets No. 1 Gulf Coast

By Dustin Kent

MARIANNA — In the biggest Panhandle Conference game of the season thus far, it was No. 3 that prevailed over No. 1 on Wednesday night at the Milton H. Johnson Health Center.

GC set for top 3 showdown vs. Chipola

By Dustin Kent
As regular season games go, they don’t get that much bigger than Wednesday’s matchup at the Milton H. Health Center between Gulf Coast and Chipola.

Lady Commodores maintain hold on No. 1

By Dustin Kent

The Gulf Coast women’s basketball team continued its season-long run atop both the national and state polls on Monday afternoon.

Balanced scoring spurs GC rout

By Dustin Kent
Gulf Coast looked to be the Panhandle Conference favorites going into start of league play, entering undefeated and No. 1 in the nation and the state, positions the Lady Commodores have occupied all season long.

Lady Commodores return home after impressive road win

By Dustin Kent
Gulf Coast faced its biggest test of the season on Saturday against No. 4 Northwest Florida State in Niceville and passed with flying colors.

GC women still No. 1, men outside top 25

By Dustin Kent
Fresh off of a victory over No. 4 Northwest Florida State to open Panhandle Conference play, the Gulf Coast women’s basketball team has retained its position atop the NJCAA poll.

GC men, women sweep Northwest

By Dustin Kent
NICEVILLE — The Gulf Coast men’s and women’s basketball teams opened the Panhandle Conference season with road victories over Northwest Florida State on Saturday night.

No. 1 Lady Commodores clash with No. 4 Northwest

By Dustin Kent
The top-ranked Lady Commodores didn’t exactly take a breather before jumping into their Panhandle Conference schedule, taking a trip to Americus, Ga., for three games in three days.

Gulf Coast women edge past Eastern Florida

By Dustin Kent
AMERICUS, Ga. — The Gulf Coast women’s basketball team made it three wins in as many days on Tuesday afternoon by knocking off a game Eastern Florida State team 82-79.

No. 1 story of 2019: Lady Commodores claim 6th national title

By Dustin Kent
This story originally ran in the March 24 edition of The News Herald
LUBBOCK, Tex. — When the 2018-19 season began, Gulf Coast coach Roonie Scovel wasn’t sure her team would even be able to get back to the state tournament given the month of preparation they lost in the wake of Hurricane Michael.

No. 1 Lady Commodores hold off No. 11 Shelton State

By Dustin Kent
AMERICUS, Ga. — The Gulf Coast women’s basketball team kept its perfect record intact with a 66-60 victory over No. 11 Shelton State on Monday afternoon.

Lady Commodores roll in return to action

By Dustin Kent
AMERICUS, Ga. — No. 1 Gulf Coast eased past Cape Fear on Sunday in its return to action after three weeks off for the holiday break.

Gulf Coast’s Gregg ready for long-awaited debut

By Dustin Kent
PANAMA CITY — For the first 10 games of the season, D’Asia Gregg was limited to a role as team cheerleader for No. 1 Gulf Coast, a “hype man,” as she puts it, jumping up and down and yelling encouragement to her teammates from the bench.

Lady Commodores crush Daytona State

PANAMA CITY — Gulf Coast lost its best shooter to a season-ending injury and its most talented interior player still isn’t eligible to play yet. For the nation’s No. 1 team, no amount of adversity has seemed to matter.

Lady Commodores cruise past Palm Beach

PANAMA CITY — Gulf Coast coach Roonie Scovel was hoping to see her team tested this weekend following four straight lopsided victories over the past three weeks.

GC sweeps doubleheader vs. LB Wallace

ANDALUSIA, Ala. — The Gulf Coast men’s and women’s basketball teams swept a road doubleheader against Lurleen B. Wallace on Tuesday night to stay unbeaten.

GC teams travel for doubleheader vs. LB Wallace

The Gulf Coast men’s and women’s basketball teams will return to action Tuesday night, and for the second straight week will do so as the top teams in the state.

Gulf Coast women win again

ROME, Ga. — The Gulf Coast women’s basketball team cruised to its second win in as many days Saturday afternoon, routing Georgia Highlands 85-63.

Lady Commodores return to action in Rome

The Gulf Coast women’s basketball team will return to action in Rome, Ga., this weekend after a two week-plus break.

Lady Commodores cruise to 5-0

PANAMA CITY — Going into the season, Gulf Coast coach Roonie Scovel was skeptical that her team could navigate its early schedule unscathed without the services of 6-foot-2 Georgia Tech transfer D’Asia Gregg, who won’t become eligible until the spring semester.

GC women, men look to stay unbeaten

Gulf Coast will be back in action Tuesday night to put its four-game win streak on the line as Lurleen B. Wallace (0-3) comes to the Billy Harrison Field House for a non-conference matchup at 5 p.m.

GC women take another comeback win

PANAMA CITY — For the second time in a week, Gulf Coast rallied back from a double digit deficit to edge past Florida Southwestern State.

Lady Commodores open two-day tourney vs. Vincennes

No. 1 Gulf Coast will make its home debut Friday at the Billy Harrison Field House with the first of a two-day, four-team tournament featuring three of the nation’s top 25 teams.

Lady Commodores start season still on top

By Dustin Kent
When Gulf Coast starts the new season Friday, the Lady Commodores will begin in the same place they left off last season: as the top team in the country.

GC women reload with 8-player class

By Dustin Kent

The Gulf Coast women’s basketball team saw five of its top six scorers depart from last season’s national championship squad, including top two scorers Brittany Davis (16.4 points per game) and Alexus Dye (15.3).

Former Lady Commodore receives Michael Callin Memorial Scholarship

Congratulations Andrea Smith on receiving the Michael Callin Memorial Scholarship!

Andrea was a member of the 2010 Gulf Coast State College NJCAA National Championship Women's Basketball team.

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