Bulldogs finish perfect 2019

Bulldogs finish perfect 2019

PERKINSTON — There's no better way to head into the Christmas break than how the Mississippi Gulf Coast women closed out 2019 here Monday.

The Bulldogs beat East Central 52-44 and remain unbeaten.

"We're 9-0 and 1-0 in conference," Gulf Coast coach Hope Adams said. "It feels pretty good. We've faced a lot of adversity starting the season."

Daphane White (So., St. Martin/Gulfport) was dominant inside, scoring 19 points. She poses questions that other teams aren't able to answer.

"There's nothing they can do with her when she decides she wants to be a big presence," Adams said. "She makes us go. We get it inside and it opens everything else up. I told her she needed a big night, and I thought she produced for us."

Kelsi Jackson (Fr., South Jones/Moselle) had nine points, and Nakendra Owens (So., Port Gibson /Port Gibson), who is one of a slew of Gulf Coast players coming back from injury, added seven.

After another slow start that saw the Bulldogs trail ECCC (4-5, 0-1) by eight after the first 10 minutes, they took charge in the second quarter thanks to White. She made five straight points for the Bulldogs during a 14-5 quarter.

Owens' 3-pointer started a 10-2 run in the final 4:21 of the first half that gave Gulf Coast a 37-33 after three quarters.

"I want to give big props to Coach (Jonathan) Williams because he really prepared those guards day in and day out," Adams said. "That makes a difference. Our guards are very poised. Even though we get a little freaky sometimes, they handle the ball pretty well most of the time."

Gulf Coast started the final quarter with an 11-5 run that gave the Bulldogs their biggest lead at 48-38 midway through the fourth.

The Bulldogs return to action in exactly a month, when Copiah-Lincoln visits Perkinston. Tipoff on Jan. 9 is at 5:30 p.m.

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