In life, as in basketball, there are times when there’s a need for speed.

After warming the bench at a motel last weekend in Tallahassee, waiting for a maternity bed to free up at TMH, Franklin County High School boys hoop coach Nathan West and his very pregnant wife Lindsay returned home to Eastpoint Sunday.

At 4:15 a.m. Monday, the universe’s winningest coach, Mother Nature, signaled to Lindsay it was time for the young couple to enter the game. Nathan quickly dressed their son Sawyer and the three sped off towards Leon County.

The coach signaled to law enforcement they would be laying down a full-court press down U.S. 98, and didn’t want any fouls called, and off they went.

They got past the half-court line, into about Sopchoppy at about 6 a.m., when Lindsay sensed that about two hours of labor was about all their daughter was having before launching her shot.

A Wakulla County emergency squad met them at Wakulla County High School, in Crawfordville, and there, by the side of the road, in the back of the ambulance, the clock ran out and Ridley Ann West was born, ahead on the scoreboard by seven pounds and eight ounces, and 20 inches long.

Mother and daughter are doing fine, recovering at TMH.