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Gaston girls end season on winning note

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Gaston senior Jaycie Endicott drives to the basket against defensive pressure from Life Christian's Emma Christian last Friday night.It has been, at times, a trying season for Gaston girls basketball coach Travis Martin, but last Friday the Greyhounds had a chance to close out the year with a win — and that’s exactly what they did.

With only two seniors on the roster, Gaston struggled to a 6-18 record this winter, but one of those wins was a 49-21 nonleague triumph over Life Christian last week, which allowed the Hounds to end on a high note.

“I told the girls, ‘It’s now or never, so leave it all on the court,’” Martin said.

Seniors Jaycie Endicott and Haylie Davis took that message to heart, leading Gaston to its first win since Jan. 20. Endicott scored a game-high 17 points, while Davis finished with six points and 12 rebounds.

“Jaycie knew this was her last chance, so she came out firing and really gave us a boost early in the game,” Martin said. “Haylie played tough like she has all season.”

While Friday’s game marked the end of two careers, it was also a harbinger of things to come from the youthful Greyhounds, who had seven underclassmen on the roster, including two freshmen starters in Charity Hall and Taylor Bassel.

“This season gave us a glimpse of the future. If we can stay together, I think we’ll be pretty good,” Martin said. “The next two to three years are looking pretty bright.”

Looking back on this season, Martin said he was impressed by his team’s resilience and relentlessly positive attitude.

“You always look back on the ones you should have had, and those are the ones that are tough to swallow,” he said. “But the girls stuck around and fought through adversity. That’s the good thing for me — seeing how hard the girls played every single night.”

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