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Gulf Coast players dedicate national championship to late teammate Keshawn Johnson


The Gulf Coast women’s basketball team brought home their sixth national championship Saturday, but without teammate Keshawn Johnson by their side. 

Johnson passed away September 2018 in a car accident. Her death rocked the Gulf Coast family and the team knew they wanted to bring it home for her. 

It was really important to me, she was my best friend. I wanted to bring something to her family, we all wanted to bring something back to her family. It was really important to me to bring back a ring, Johnson’s best friend Dominique Banks said.

Back in August, Johnson wrote a letter to herself stating she wanted the team to bring home a state and national championship this season. The Lady Commodores did both of those things this year. 

It means a lot to me and I know that letter was important to everybody cause she wrote about us and everything that she wanted to do and she really wanted to win this championship and so we wanted to fulfill her dream and we did, Banks said. 

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