NEW PORT RICHEY — When Gulf coach Mike Quarto changed his team's scheme to run-and-gun sets with four guards, he knew it would take a little time for the Buccaneers to mesh.
But through four games, Gulf looks as if it has mastered the new-look offense, averaging 80.2 points.
With solid backcourt play coupled with another strong performance by Nicole Adams, who scored 36, the Buccaneers sailed by Nature Coast 75-47 in the Buccaneer Shootout on Saturday night.
"(Nature Coast) is a very good team, and we knew they were going to make a run at us," Quarto said. "We eventually got our ball pressure up, and I'm really happy with our defense only allowing 45 points to a good team like Nature Coast.
"I thought Leighlani Paselio, Lexy Schulman and Hannah Kotzen did a great job of distributing the ball around (Saturday night)."
Ball distribution was key for Gulf (4-0) in holding off the Sharks. The Buccaneers finished with 17 assists, led by sophomore guard Schulman's seven.
But the Sharks (1-2) made the game interesting late in the third quarter.
Lyndsey Pospisil, who finished with 20 points, made a layup to cut the Sharks' deficit to 45-33 with 2:17 left in the quarter.
From there, though, Gulf went on a 28-14 run to put the contest away, keyed by Adams' eight points during the fourth quarter.
"I don't think anyone has played Gulf that closely this season," Nature Coast coach Emily Gore said. "I think we can come out of this tournament with some positives."
In earlier action, Largo defeated Land O'Lakes 53-49 in a game marred by foul trouble. The teams combined for 57 fouls, and the Gators finished with fewer than five players on the court.