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10

Jan, 2022

TO TELL the TRUTH, PANTHER NATION ROAR

Another game pitting like mascots against one another took place on Saturday.  The Nease Lady Panthers welcomed the Heritage Lady Panthers to the ‘Den’ in a matinee affair.  After the  weekend cancellation of the Rob Moromarco tournament at Flagler Palm Coast, Nease was faced with the dilemma of  losing two potential games.  On Friday, Nease was scheduled to take on Spruce Creek.  Concerted efforts were made to possibly play the game at home venues.  However, due to scheduled boys games at both schools, the game would not happen.  Better fortunes were realized with the tournament opponent for Saturday.  Heritage (Palm Bay) agreed to play Nease in the ‘Den’ at 1:00 and one of two games became a reality.

Coming off a successful stint (2-1) at the National Tampa Bay Invitational to kick off the New Year, Nease embellished the opportunity to continue their dominance in the ‘Den’.  The Lady Panthers had little trouble displaying their superiority over Heritage.  The team learned that they would be playing without the service of  second leading scorer(15.6 ppg.) Camryn Robinson, due to illness.  As is the case for most successful teams facing circumstances brought on by the loss of a key player, the 'next man up mentality’ still holds true as ever. The team had to now embrace the challenge and display the true grit that characterize WINNERS (‘Earned, not Given’).

With that being said, the sparse crowd for the matinee clash tuned in for what was to come.  Staying motivated through quiet echoes in the ‘Den’, presented it’s share of ‘hype‘ challenges and motivation.  However, Hall of Fame Head Coach Sherri Anthony, made it a point to keep the Lady Panthers standards on par.  Although Nease opened the game on an 8-0 run, a lethargic approach at times would lead to several unforced turnovers that definitely caught the ire of the coach.  Syd Gomes would score eleven of the teams first twenty points and Nease posted a 20-7 advantage at the conclusion of period one.

With Savannah Gomes back at the point guard helm, the team mounted significant runs throughout the game.  In addition, Nease dictated tempo on defense, producing 16 steals combined with 15 defensive assists.  The Lady Panthers produced a 7-4 run to ignite the second quarter increase the lead (27-11) at the 3:33 mark. The Lady Panthers continued to pounce and ended the quarter with a 10-3 run to culminate into the 37-14 halftime shellacking.

With no real threat posed from Heritage, Nease doubled up (16-8) the visitors in the third stanza as the lead blossomed to thirty-one points (53-22).  As the clocked continued to rapidly wind down in the final quarter, the Lady Panthers free substitution slowed the pace of the scoring the rest of the way.  A total of thirteen combined points from both teams, put a cap on the afternoon. Nease (13-3) and ranked #9 in 6A, remained undefeated on the season in the ‘Den’, soundly defeating Heritage (8-11) by the final score of 59-29. 

As double-figure scorers, Seniors Sydney Gomes, Allison Fifield and Savannah Gomes combined for fifty-four (54) of the fifty-nine (59) points scored by the Lady Panthers . The trio were also instrumental in the team's best shooting night  from behind the arch.  Nease connected on 10 treys (10/24 overall), with Syd (5), Sav (3) and Allie (2) leading the raid.  On the night, The ‘Matrix’ tallied 31 points, including 6/7 from inside range and 4/5 free throws).  She also collected 6 steals, 5 boards and 3 assists to offset 6 turnovers.  Leading the front court again was the ‘Alley Cat'.  The senior forward scored 12 points, gathered 5 rebounds, dished out 4 assists with 3 steals to cement her game stats.  The floor leader on the night, Savannah Gomes did not disappoint as she continues to round into form in her injury comeback. ‘Lady Spice’ finished her day with 11 points and 4 assist.  Junior Kendyl Ryan (‘Red Bull’) despite being undersized in the paint, pulled down 6 rebounds to go along with 3 assists and 2 steals.

The Lady Panthers will try to avoid the sick bug and remain physically healthy as they enter the home stretch of the season.  Nease will travel to Lake City Columbia on Tuesday, before returning home for a rival encounter with Ponte Vedra on Thursday.  The Lady Panthers will cap off next week as the lead game (6:00) in a double-header (girls/boys) affair against Tocoi in the ‘Den’.

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Ponte Vedra, Florida 32081

Phone: 904-547-8300

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