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Jan, 2022

THREE, TWO, ONE! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Spending the holidays together, can be a recipe for success or disaster if the shoe does not fit.  Must one change the shoe?  No, this is no cinderella story.  The Lady Panthers were at it again with another road trip.  After a very successful Pre- Christmas bonding trip in Orlando a couple of weeks ago, Nease time together was extended further with a long trip to Tampa. We are very thankful to the supportive parents who made ultimate sacrifices to make the trip a reality.  Notwithstanding, the time and commitment from a united coaching staff.  The Lady Panther Nation have truly been blessed in their quest to obtain success, ‘EARNED NOT GIVEN’.

From December 28 - New Years Day, the girls spent quality time together through a variety of interactions.  From a full day at Busch Gardens, gift exchanges, dinner at Yamato, fun games, dancing to music provided by a DJ, to witnessing nice fireworks display, the girls were primed for excitement. A plethora of memories and moments in time to cherish for sure.

However, no trip is without its share of hiccups and tribulations, but when one becomes intertwined like a rope, everything eventually fits like a fine glove. In biblical terms, ‘With unity there is strength’. Not permitting negative circumstances to define you, is the greatest lesson in overcoming  adversity. Making the ascension to the top of the hill on a rollercoaster, the Lady Panthers began their trek downward. United, motivated and braced for the challenges that lies ahead.  Let’s now take a long look how the descending ride began and ended in Tampa.  Don’t forget to fasten your seat belts because the journey begins now.

The dinner table setting provided a menu full of appetizers and a healthy contingent of players ready to showcase their talents. On the heels of a five-game winning streak, Nease (10-2) entered the Tampa Bay Christmas Invitational ranked #8 in 6A by maxpreps. So, if home is where your heart is, the Lady Panthers were primed and ready to make the Wiregrass facility their home away from home.

Game #1 Nease 52 Lakewood Ranch 33

The Lady Panthers opened tournament play on Wednesday (12/29) against the Lady Mustangs.  Nease pounced from the opening tip to establish a 6-1 run at the 3:51 mark of the period.  A trey from Fifield and 2 technical foul shots converted by Sydney Gomes, pushed the margin to (11-1).  Syd would score 8 of Nease 13 points in the quarter, while the defense muzzled the Lady Mustangs.  By the conclusion of the first eight minutes of play, the Lady Panthers were well on their way (13-1) to victory.

The defense continued to stymie the opposition and produce multiple scoring possessions along the way.  Multiple runs by Nease (6-3 and 5-0 run spearheaded by Cami R.), took away any potential threat from Lakewood Ranch.  The lead ballooned to 26-4 by halftime as the Lady Panthers sent off fireworks.  LR began to find some glimmer of hope in the third quarter with their best offensive output.  By winning the third period (17-12), the Lady Mustangs trailed 38-21 entering one final period of play.

A 9-5 run by Nease put the score at 47-26 with 3:46 remaining in the quarter.  The Lady Panthers closed out the quarter and the game with the double digit win 52-33.  Nease was led as usual by the Big Three.  The backcourt of Syd Gomes and Cami Robinson combined for 28 points, 16 and 12 respectively.  Syd cemented another double-double on the season, snatching 13 rebounds and distributing 8 dimes.  Allie Fifield rounded out the trio with 11 points and 6 boards.

Game #2 Nease 60 Dobyns-Bennett (Tenn.) 62

Nease faced off against a prolific three-point shooting team in Dobyns-Bennett (Tenn.) on Friday.  The long range shooting from the Lady Indians, would indeed be a factor in the first half.  The score stood at 4-3 at the 4:45 mark.  The Lady Panthers pounced to a 8-2 run to extend the lead (12-5) with 2:15 on the clock.  Dobyns-Bennett connected on consecutive bombs to conclude the quarter, but still trailed 14-11.  In the early goings of the second period, a back and forth three point affair ensued.  At 6:45 of the second period the score was knotted (16-16) for the first time. A trey from Allie and another one from Cami, helped Nease to keep pace with the shots from behind the arc by Dobyns-Bennett.  The score was again deadlocked (24-24) with 2:50 remaining before half.

After converting 1-2 free throws, Sydney Gomes would pick up her 3rd foul. The Lady Indians concluded the quarter and the half making 6/6 from the charity stripe to take the one point lead (30-29) at intermission.  With a 7-4 run to start the third quarter, Dobyns-Bennett extended the lead 37-33.  The opposition began to mount a significant run and forced a Nease timeout at the 3:40 mark leading 41-36. The Lady Indians 12-2 run created the biggest spread of the night (48-36).  Nease fought back with a 5-0 run to end the quarter and close the deficit to seven (48-41).

The final period provided more drama and excitement than a horror movie.  Dobyns-Bennett converted a early turnover by Nease to extend the lead (50-41).  Ella Harrison ignited the flames off the bench with back to back steals and held ball possessions.  Ella’s effort spearheaded a 4-0 run and a timeout with the score (50-45) and 5:28 left to play.  Out of the timeout, DB scored a quick basket and Syd answered with 1-2 free throws and the score stood at 52-46 with five minutes left in regulation. 

A double technicals was assessed to both team players, giving Nease possession of the ball and still trailing 52-48 at the 3:50 mark.  Two free throws by Syd Gomes cut the deficit to two (52-50).  For every answer Nease came up with, DB quickly responded.  A driving layup by Cami was answered by another basket from the Lady Indians.  With :42.3 seconds remaining, the scoreboard displayed a 58-54 advantage for Dobyns-Bennett. Kendyl Ryan converted 2-2 free throws and the Lady Indians followed with 1-2 at the charity stripe, but Nease still trailed 59-56.  Syd was fouled on a drive to the basket and made both free throws to cut the deficit back to two (60-58) with :10  seconds remaining.  DB scored a basket out of a timeout and Syd responded with a layup.  The score stood at 62-60 with :07 seconds. However, the final outcome would be inevitable as Nease was unable to gain a final possession before time expired.

The Lady Panthers (11-3) were led in defeat by the tandem of Syd Gomes (23 points, 6 rebs and 4 steals) and Cami Robinson (16 points, 5 boards, 2 steals and 2 assists).  Allie Fifield scored in double digits with 11 points, 5 rebs and 3 blocks.  Kendyl Ryan and Savannah Gomes added  4 points each. And in the end, "the love you take, is equal to the love you make”. Paul McCartney

Nease 58 Armwood (Seffner) 32

On New Year’s Day, Nease took on Seffner Armwood for third place bragging rights in their final game of the Tampa Bay Christmas Invitational at 3:00 pm.  The concerns about how the team would respond to the tough two point loss on Friday, was quickly put to rest to kick off the New Year. A Lady Panthers win would be the seventh in eight games.  After Armwood scored the opening basket, Nease went on an 8-0 run to force a timeout. Consecutive treys by Syd and Cami, followed by a dime from Cami to Allie, pushed the lead to 17-6 with 2:36 to play.  The Lady Panthers concluded the quarter with a 9-5 run and the double digit lead 26-11.

The score stood at 30-13 when Nease pounced for a 6-0 run to end the half leading 36-13.  Led by 6 points from Fiffield in the third quarter, the Lady Panthers continued their assault against the Lady Hawks to extend the lead (49-21).  Up by twenty-eight in the final period, Nease substituted freely and came away with the Dub 58-32.  Allie Fifield would score her 500th career point on her way to a double-double (15 points and 10 rebounds).  Cami Robinson led the backcourt with a stellar night (16 points, 8 dimes and 5 steals).

Syd Gomes put a bow on things with 14 points, 7 steals, 6 rebs and 4 assists. 

Nease (12-3) will now prepare for another tournament challenge.  At the Rob Moromarco Invite (Flagler Palm Coast), the Lady Panthers will do battle with Spruce Creek on Friday at 6:00.  Nease lost to Spruce Creek in post season play last year and will be seeking a form of redemption.  On Saturday at 4:30, the Lady Panthers are scheduled to play Heritage (Palm Bay).

And now a final word from your statistician and #1 fan. We will never be limited by others limited imaginations.  That which binds us together is this distinct message, ‘We can’t do it alone’.  We really need each other.  So, remember what defines YOU and stay humble on this formidable journey.  Coach Bernie Blue

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