Daphane White had her second triple-double of the young season, a dominant 20-point, 19-rebound, seven-block effort in a 64-59 win at Senatobia against host Northwest in the Lady Rangers Classic.
The Bulldogs (3-0) endured a five-hour drive up the day of the game, and the bus legs showed early.
"The first three quarters, we looked really sluggish," Gulf Coast coach Hope Adams said. "But that fourth quarter, we really turned it up. We executed well. We handled their press well and didn't have as many turnovers."
Northwest falls to 2-2.
Gulf Coast turns right around and plays at 10 a.m. Friday against Mississippi Delta. Live stats will be available at https://nwccrangers.com/sidearmstats/wbball/media.
Ataliya Brown (Fr., Choctawhatchee/Crestview, Fla) made 3 of 5 3-pointers and all five free-throw attempts to score 14. She also had seven rebounds, three assists and three steals.
"I told her coming in this would be her game, and she stuck to the game plan," Adams said. "She kept everybody engaged and really made some big shots."
The first bucket of the fourth quarter put Gulf Coast behind 46-41, its biggest deficit of the game. The Bulldogs outscored the Ranger 19-5 and led 60-51 with 83 seconds left.
"Daphane had a great inside game in the fourth quarter," Adams said, "and she snatched every rebound she could in the fourth quarter."
Truth Taylor (So., Jim Hill/Jackson) had a pair of clutch 3-pointers to finish with eight points. Amayla Sharif (Fr., Phoebus/Chester, Pa) and Kelsi Jackson (Fr., South Jones/Moselle) finished with nine each.
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