White, Jackson lead Bulldogs to win

White, Jackson lead Bulldogs to win

PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast rallied from the briefest of third-quarter leads and ran away from Coastal Alabama-South on Monday at Weathers-Wentzell Center, winning 66-52.

The Bulldogs (2-0) got big production from the big-and-small duo of Daphane White (So., St. Martin/Gulfport) with 14 points and Kelsi Jackson (Fr., South Jones/Moselle) with 20.

"I think in spurts we were out of control, and I think we made some freshmen mistakes because we got them out there early," Gulf Coast coach Hope Adams said. "Overall, I think we got better tonight. We're trying to create depth in our bench because we've got four starters sitting on the bench."

Adams quickly pointed out that Jackson is playing well enough to start, a potent slashing weapon no matter when she enters the game.

White dominated the first half. She scored 12 points in the first 20 minutes, but picked up a personal foul and technical foul late. That forced her to sit with four fouls until the fourth quarter.

"No other team can stop her on the inside," Adams said. "Once we get Nakendra Owens and Kayla (Simmons) back, it will really free her up to score. We got 66 points tonight, and we've probably got 40 points sitting on the bench."

Jackson scored 12 of her points off the bench with an array of spin moves and drives to the bucket. She also had a pair of assists in the final minutes, one to White and one to Truth Taylor (So., Jim Hill/Jackson), who drilled a 3-pointer from the corner.

"She really good," Adams said. "I love that kid."

Gulf Coast led by seven after the first quarter and four at the half. The Bulldogs pushed it back to seven midway in the third quarter, but the Sun Chiefs (0-1) went on an 8-0 run to go in front 38-37.

Gulf Coast scored the next six points to start a 17-6 run spanning into the fourth quarter.

The Bulldogs have some time off before traveling to Senatobia next week to play a pair of games. They'll play host Northwest on Nov. 14 and Mississippi Delta the next day.

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