Howard’s last-minute shot beats NWCC

Howard’s last-minute shot beats NWCC

Azaria Howard's layup with 24 seconds left lifted Mississippi Gulf Coast to a 61-59 victory at Northwest on Friday.


"We played well in spurts," Gulf Coast coach Hope Adams said. "We jumped on them early and ran our offense and executed very well. Then we have these moments where we kind of have to figure out how to play."


Shelli Thigpen (So., Wylie, Texas/Wylie) led the Lady Bulldogs for the second straight day in scoring with 15 points. Nya Irvin (Fr., Jackson/Murrah) added 12 points and a team-high seven rebounds.


Aleah Sutton (Fr., Jackson/Madison Central) chipped in eight points and Mia Goolsby had seven.


Gulf Coast (2-2) saw an eight-point halftime lead disappear in the third quarter, and the teams started the final 10 minutes tied at 43. The fourth quarter was nip-and-tuck.


"With the freshmen, we can lose momentum and forget what was working at first," Adams said. "Then we have to go back and get back in the game. They were determined to close this game out."


Howard (So., Richland/Richland) missed much of the second half with foul trouble, but her last-minute shot was the difference. After her bucket, Northwest (1-2) advanced the ball to half court, but Gulf Coast got a steal and held the ball.


Gulf Coast returns to action after the Thanksgiving break when the Lady Bulldogs travel to Delgado on Nov. 29.


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