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Dec, 2021


Happiness often consists more in small conveniences or pleasures.  The Lady Panthers embraced a weekend of togetherness as they continue to grow, develop and mature into a championship caliber team.  Spending an entire weekend together playing cards, tik tok dancing, hide and seek, pool, cooking, cleaning, laughing, etc., was the perfect getaway for the ladies. The enriched memories that were stablished ,are destined to last a lifetime. 

Someone once said, “Happiness is something that multiplies when it is divided”.

Why settle for being a good team, when you can be a great one?  Not on our watch.  Staying in the moment is about enjoying the present and not anxiously being dependent upon the future.  So, for the here and now, the young ladies have assembled themselves into a good place to reap the benefits of togetherness. A Panther is safe in a den, but prowling and pouncing are constitutive to their real DNA.  So Panther Nation, Lady Panthers, time to cast your shadow to reach greater and higher heights, in life and on the court.  By the way, there was adequate time to get busy on the hard wood.

After the cancellation of the Andy Hart Tournament (Dec. 10-11), Nease was able to pick up two games at the KSA Christmas Classic in Kissimmee this past weekend (Dec. 17-18) as an independent team.  The games were played at the Gaylord Palms Convention center.  Here is a recap of the games played, or should I say, ferocity of the Lady Panthers on display.

Game #1 (Friday, 12/17) Nease 66 Roosevelt (Portland, Oregon) 15

Nease was faced with a challenge on Friday with exams scheduled and game #1 tip off set for 3:00 pm.  However, the norm states, ‘where there is a will, one finds a way'.  With  a concerted effort from parents and supporters, the girls were able to complete exams, check out and get on the fast trek to Kissimmee.  Two by two, the girls arrived as game time rapidly approached.  With 30 minutes remaining before tip off, the Lady Panthers had 6 players available.  By the start of the game, the small contingent had warmed up and were ready to play. In reality, Only five can take the court at one time.  A voice from the past echoed, ‘it only takes five’.  Other team members arrived while the game was in session.  By the end of the first quarter, Nease had their full complement of players.

Adverse circumstances often brings out the best when one worries less about the things beyond their control.  Playing basketball is definitely one way to alleviate stress and anxiety.  So, the Lady Panthers focused on the task at hand.  The game opened with a sister to sister connection.  Off the opening tip, Sydney Gomes flipped a beautiful pass to Savannah Gomes for a layup.  Syd followed with a 7-0 independent run and the ferocious Lady Panthers attack was definitely on.  After one quarter, Nease held the 17-5 advantage.

The Lady Panthers continued to wet their appetite, producing another 7-0 run to open the second quarter and extended the lead (22-5).

Roosevelt (Riders) probably felt like they were hit by a bus, only to discover that the rough going would be compounded.  Nease closed the half with another electrifying run (18-2) before the half and never paused to look back.

Leading 40-7 at half time, the Lady Panthers forced an early running clock.  With all players seeing significant time, Nease (8-2) ran roughshod over Roosevelt and came away with the victory (66-15). In addition to collecting twenty-five steals as a team, the Lady Panthers trio of Syd Gomes, Allie Fifield and Cami Robinson did the bulk of the scoring.  The Matrix finished with 21 points (16 in the first half).  She produced a double-double of a different variety with 10 assists to go along with 4 steals.  The Alley Cat strutted her stuff to the tune of 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 steals.  Cami (Microwave) Robinson scored 13 points and came away with 5 steals.  Kendyl (Red Bull) Ryan and Ella (Sweet Tea) Harrison padded the theft chart with 5 and 4 steals respectively.

Game #2 (Saturday, 12/18) Nease 58 Washburn (Tennessee) 28

With a full night of rest together and a group prepared breakfast, the Lady Panthers confidently returned to the Gaylord Palms Convention Center to do battle with the Lady Pirates.  With both teams sporting their home white uniforms, Nease stood toe to toe and face to face with Washburn.  The stare off was short-lived as the Lady Panthers opened with a 11-2 run against the Lady Pirates.  Nease would convert 5 of the 8 thefts in the first quarter into easy layups.  If the saying is right,’it is better to give than receive’, the Lady Panthers benefitted heavily from the opposition generosity.  The scoreboard reflected a 21-2 Nease lead after one quarter.

The pace slowed somewhat in the second period.  Washburn used a 6-2 run, punctuated by a shot from down town at the buzzer, to win the second quarter.  Nevertheless, Nease still maintained the double digit lead at intermission 30-12.  The Lady Panthers came out cold, or failed to capitalize on easy shots in the third period.  The team almost went half of the quarter without scoring a basket.  However, a 6-0 run by the Lady Panthers to close the period, pushed the lead to 39-16.  The onslaught continued as Nease operated as thiefs in the night.  Six steals in the final period, put the finishing touch on 26 takeaways for the game.  The Lady Panthers would come away with another convincing win, nearly doubling up the Lady Pirates (53-28).

With the Dub, Nease has now won four consecutive games to improve the overall record to 9-2.  The ‘big three’, Cami Robinson, Syd Gomes and Allie Fifield led the charge, scoring 17, 16 and 12 points respectively.  Syd came away with a quiet night, compounded by numerous missed shots in frustration.  However, she still realized all was not lost and produced another double-double with 10 steals.

Cami also had 5 thefts. while Ella Harrison scored 6 points and dished out 3 assists.  Kendyl Ryan was the leading rebounder with 7 boards, including 5 on the offensive end. 

On Monday, Nease will welcome Lake City Columbia to the ‘Den’ and hope to continue their winning ways.  All in all, a very successful weekend trip individually and collectively.  Everyone got to see the softer side of each other, including the coaches, and that is no BS.

The tradition of bonding and winning is a great combination to behold.  The Lady Panthers entered the weekend ranked 11th in State 6A, but should re-enter the top 10 after consideration is made for the weekend wins.  Here’s looking at YOU.  Nease Stand Up.  Rise to the level of expectations, never stooping to lower levels.  Making of a Champion, one game at a time.  Coach Bernie Blue


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