Lady Bulldogs rally, beat Southwest

Lady Bulldogs rally, beat Southwest

Mississippi Gulf Coast rallied from down seven in the final minutes to win by that total Monday, pulling out an 81-74 win at Southwest in Summit.

 

Breannah McCullah (So., Edwards/Raymond) made the go-ahead bucket in the final minute to get to 18 points in addition to her 10 rebounds. Kayla Simmons (Fr., Brandon/Brandon) also had a double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds.

 

"We're maturing," Gulf Coast coach Hope Adams said. "I've been putting a lot of pressure on our guards recently, and they stepped up tonight."

 

Allison Martin (Fr., Edwards/Raymond) led the Lady Bulldogs with 19 points, including shooting 3-for-5 from the 3-point line. Gulf Coast shot 41.2 percent from behind the arc. They also were 16-of-20 from the free throw line. Both were season highs.

 

"It's a huge difference when you're playing on the road against a well-coached team," Adams said. "We had some people step up and make some big shots."

 

After the Lady Bears took a 74-73 lead with just over a minute left, McCullah made a free throw-line jumper with 45.5 seconds left to give the Lady Bulldogs a 75-74 lead.

 

Gulf Coast made all six of its free throws from there on out to ice the win. Mia Goolsby (Fr., Greenville, S.C./Legacy Early College) made four, and Martin nailed two.

 

Goolsby had 15 points, including 5-for-9 from the field and her only free throw attempts were in the final minute.

 

The Bulldogs erased their late deficit with a change in defense.

 

"We were in our 2-3 (zone), but they got hot on the perimeter," Adams said. "We went into a man (defense). I told them we had to make one stop at a time. They stuck to the gameplan and made shots from the foul line after we got the lead."

 

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