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NEW PORT RICHEY — Focus is going to be the key for Gulf this season.
With a handful of players returning, the Buccaneers remain arguably one of the most talented teams in the Tampa Bay area.
Led by senior guard Nicole Adams, the four-year starter scored 23 and dished out five assists in Gulf’s 84-24 trouncing of Largo on Friday night in the Buccaneer Shootout at the Bever-Hicks Center.
“We just focus on fundamentals every game,” Adams said. “It’s difficult when we get into a running clock situation, but we have to stay focused on our goal and that is to move on past regionals.”
The Buccaneers, who will face Nature Coast at 7 tonight, have jumped out to a 3-0 start and have outscored their first three opponents by an average margin of 57.3 points.
With Largo missing several of its starters because of the Thanksgiving holiday, the Packers (3-6) had to make do versus Gulf. Gulf’s four-guard look set the tempo in the first quarter, as Adams scored eight points and sophomore Lexy Schulman chipped in two points and two assists, contributing to a 26-6 lead.
From there, Largo came no closer than 18 and the Packers did not help their cause, turning over the ball 31 times.
Gulf held Largo to only seven points in the second half. Packers guard Teniea Layton led Largo in scoring with seven points.
The Buccaneers got solid performances from guard Leighlani Paselio (18 points) and center Caitlin Corbitt (12).
In earlier games, Nature Coast defeated McKeel Academy 45-44 and Ocala West Port cruised by Land O’Lakes (5-2) 69-49.