Gulf beat Hernando 53-37, and it was an unlikely duo getting the job done.
Freshman guard Nicole Adams and senior forward Jordan Schulman combined for 51 points. With the Buccaneers down a field goal after the third quarter, the two scored 10 each, and the defense held the Leopards (17-7) to two free throws.
"Our team, on the defensive side, changed the game," Adams said. "We came out and played as hard as we could, and we knew we had to stop all of their rebounding and everything."
Adams went 10-of-10 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter and 11-of-11 overall.
After a seven-point first quarter, Schulman helped Gulf take a one-point lead. She was held scoreless in the second, and the Bucs went down four. But in the third quarter, she scored 16.
"That was the great thing," coach Mike Quarto said. "We have come together as a group, they didn't waver, their concentration level was there, and they realized that we could score points in a hurry.
"Jordan Schulman played the best game she played all year," he said. "She is battling the flu and all that stuff, but she came out tremendous."
And Schulman is recovering from a shoulder injury sustained in a game Jan. 11.
Gulf moves on to face Nature Coast in tonight's district final.
Nature Coast (22-5) cruised to a 48-21 win over Zephyrhills (11-15).
The Sharks' Lauren Wajerski scored 15 and April Trezise 16. The Sharks led early in the first quarter and widened the gap as the game went on.