The Bossier Parish Community College Lady Cavs played the nation’s No. 1 team almost even in the first half Thursday night in the Gulf Coast Classic.
But Gulf Coast State College pulled away in the second half for a 117-84 victory in Panama City, Fla.
The game was tied at 22 after the first quarter, and Gulf Coast State led 51-44 at the half.
“We just ran out of steam in the second half,” said BPCC coach John Rennie, whose team dropped to 5-8.
Ashlyn Jacobs, a freshman guard from Mansfield, led the Lady Cavs with 26 points. She scored 48 in two games in the Classic, including 22 against No. 3 Chipola College on Wednesday.
Savannah Thomas added 17 points and Samarius Colquitt 15.
Shayla Bennett, who hit eight of 13 3-pointers, led GCSC with 34 points. Gulf Coast State was 15 of 28 from 3-point range in the game. Maria Castro, who scored 21 points, sank seven of 10.
GCSC made three more 3-pointers than free throws.
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