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Greyhounds heating up as regular season winds down

Gaston's boys and girls are both positioned to play their way into the state playoffs

After a three-game losing skid threatened its season, the Gaston girls basketball team got together for a little talk.

'We sat down when we were at 8-8 and basically asked, 'Is this good enough? Are we satisfied with being a mediocre team?' From then on, we've really got it turned around,' said Gaston head coach Erik Lentz, whose team enters this week's Northwest League playoffs in the midst of a six-game winning streak.

The Greyhounds pounded Nestucca 45-16 on Monday night to finish the regular season in fourth place, and they will host fifth-place Vernonia on Thursday in the first round of the league playoffs. The winner of that game will have a shot at qualifying for the state tournament in the league's third-place game on Saturday.

'We went through a stretch there in the middle of the season where we played all the best teams in our league. We played well, we just couldn't quite beat them,' Lentz said. 'Since then, the last six games, we've put on a nice little streak.'

The Gaston boys also ended the season on a streak, winning five straight to earn the league's No. 3 seed heading into this week's playoffs. The Greyhounds will travel to No. 2 Vernonia on Thursday, with the winner advancing to face regular-season league champ Faith Bible on Saturday for the right to the league's top seed in the upcoming Class 2A state playoffs.

Gaston closed out the regular season with a 69-49 win over Nestucca on Monday, clinching third place ahead of idle Portland Christian. The Royals will host Knappa on Thursday, with the winner advancing to Saturday's third-place game in Scappoose.