Lady Bulldogs move into 2nd

Lady Bulldogs move into 2nd

PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast dominated Southwest on Thursday night, winning 65-40, moving into a tie for second in the MACJC South.


"That's awesome," Gulf Coast coach Hope Adams said. "We've been talking the whole time about making the state tournament. I told them if they keep playing this thing out, I feel like we've got a great chance."


Azaria Howard (So., Richland/Richland) led MGCCC with 11 points, and Shelli Thigpen (So., Wylie, Texas/Wylie) had 10.


If the regular season ended now, the Lady Bulldogs (10-7, 6-4 South) would be in the playoffs. They are in a three-way tie for second place in the division with Pearl River and Hinds, with the top four teams making the tournament.


Gulf Coast put the clamps on the Bears (8-11, 3-7) from the get-go, allowing only one field goal in the first quarter on the way to a 14-3 lead. Southwest couldn't do much better in the second 10 minutes, getting only seven points and trailing by 21.


"You can't ask for much more than that," Adams said. "That means the girls are locked in. They have great intensity. They're communicating and having fun right now."


Gulf Coast would eventually lead by as many as 27 in the fourth quarter.


"We wanted to slow the ball down," Adams said. "This game we did, and we really executed our half-court offense. Our defense really picked up. Today, we had a really well-balanced game, offense and defense."


The Lady Bulldogs travel to Meridian on Monday. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.


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